Takumi – A 60,000-hour story on the survival of human craft

Posted by Fabio 5 March 2019

The new Lexus documentary explores the world of the takumi, the highest level of artisan in Japan. These highly skilled people also play a key role in delivering the luxury quality present in every Lexus vehicle.

Some people say that it takes 10,000 hours of study for the average person to become an expert in their subject. But in Japan you are not considered a master of your craft until you have spent 60,000 hours refining your skills. That’s the equivalent of working eight hours a day, 250 days a year, for 30 years.

The film is a character-driven study made by Clay Jeter, a director of Chef’s Table – the first Netflix original documentary. Set for global release through Amazon Prime Video on 19 March, it follows four Japanese artisans who are dedicating their lives to their crafts: a double Michelin-starred chef, a traditional paper-cutting artist, an automotive master craftsman and a carpenter working for one of the world’s oldest construction firms.

The documentary, created by The&Partnership London, will be available on Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Instant, Google Play and iTunes from 19th March.