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Video: Framing a house in one day in Japan
The New York Times published an article recently, describing how Tokyo is still affordable because it’s chosen growth instead of gentrification. The Big City Where Housing Is Still Affordable, by Binyamin Appelbaum.
In the past half century, by investing in transit and allowing development, the city has added more housing units than the total number of units in New York City. It has remained affordable by becoming the world’s largest city. It has become the world’s largest city by remaining affordable.
I lived and worked in Japan, the units are tiny, but that said I once remember seeing a house being made from my window, I kid you not I left that morning to work, when I got back from work 3-4 houses were completely built. I was astonished by this.
I looked this up and found a YouTube video, complete with time-lapse:
In Japan it's traditional practice to complete a house's frame construction in a single day. This process is called "mune-age," and usually involves a special ceremony at the end.
They're not using pre-fab, they're just building the framing in a day!