SAKURA at Tashkent タシケントの桜
The other day, I read an amazing story about Navoi theater at Tashkent city in Uzbekistan.
The beautiful brick building is an opera house that hasn’t been damaged at all when a big earthquake in 1966.
This was built by Japanese prisoners of war.
While most buildings collapsed under the influence of the earthquake, The Navoi theater which was built by earnest Japanese POW workers, stood erectly as if nothing happened.
The theater is one of the four biggest theaters admired equally with an opera house of Moscow, Leningrad (current St. Petersburg), Kiev in the former Soviet Union era. The brick building has 1400 seats in 3 stories above the ground, the first floor under the ground.
Although it could be said the whole Tashkent city was destroyed as 240 government buildings, 250 factories and 8000 houses collapsed, only the Navoi theater was alive.
Local people were filled with tears looking at the town symbol, theater standing straightly in the hugely damaged city. “The outer wall did not collapse and it just beautifully stands though it’s a brick building.”
I think that normally POW could work and construct cutting-corner, but the construction manager tried to create the best building in the Japanese pride and guts, as it would be the opera house which stayed in the history of the Soviet Union.
Some people may say what is the reason to do so that much at their position as POW.
However they thought that they didn’t want to be laughed of the building in the future. They seriously strove for construction to be told that the building made by Japanese is differently good.
Many soldiers lost tension to live for and mentally went down without future.
For that situation, the manager motivated the Japanese POW wishing they would find a light by creating a building second to none in the world, with their cultivated skills and abilities.
The level is too much different.
I see many buildings, not all, created only for capital gain and income gain in New Zealand. Also I had experienced purchase and sales of 40 properties for two years between 2013 to 2014, but in my brain a thread ‘house=money’ was made and only thought about money then felt no fun for my job. After that I had days for seeking and looking myself, and am now back to my base “building” which can be proud of for future generations.
To create art pieces as a professional builder makes me shine and really enjoy my work.
Japanese “pride and guts” toward jobs as mentioned above, this is why we can gain high value and recommendations for creations made by Japanese.
It’s not created easily by our generation but our ancestors made based on their skills and high construction level. Following them, I want to contribute to New Zealand as much as possible to make better NZ buildings with my Japanese pride and guts.