Said to have been left handed (hence the name ‘hidari‘)1 he is said to have worked on several different projects in his lifetime.
He assisted in the reconstruction of Negoroji in Kii Province,2 as well as constructing the bell tower of Hōkō-ji.12 Hidari also worked in Nishi Hongan-ji and Chion-in in Kyoto where he constructed the uguisu-bari (singing floors).1
Later he moved to Edo and married a daughter of the Tokugawa families master carpenter.2 It was here he worked on projects such as the carving of the nemuri-neko in Tōshō-gu in Nikkō. His familiy continues to sculpt to this day.1
1. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
2. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.
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