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The Art of Time: Master Watchmaker Takuma Kawauchiya Inspires UWC ISAK Japan

UWC ISAK Japan recently had the distinct privilege of welcoming Takuma Kawauchiya, a master watchmaker from Seiko, who has been honored with the title of Contemporary Master Craftsman by the Japanese government. This accolade is a testament to his unparalleled skill and innovation in the field of watchmaking, particularly for his role in advancing the mechanical prowess of Japanese timepieces.

Contemporary Master Craftsman Takuma Kawauchiya during his visit to UWC ISAK Japan

From Musician to Master Craftsman

Kawauchiya-san’s journey from a musician to a master craftsman in the centuries-old world of watchmaking is a compelling narrative that resonated with our students. His dedication to pushing the boundaries of Japanese watchmaking, chiefly through his work on his masterpiece, the Grand Seiko Kodo—of which only 20 were made—illustrates not just the peak of personal achievement but also the broader cultural value Japan places on craftsmanship and pride in one’s work. This cultural emphasis on mastery and artistry is ingrained in many aspects of Japanese life, from the tea ceremony to the martial arts, and is a powerful testament to the country’s rich heritage.

The Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon: SLGT003

Engaging Discussions on Time and Art

During his visit, which was initiated by Grade 11 student Mina as part of the student-led Guest Speaker Club, Kawauchiya-san engaged with our students on topics ranging from art and engineering to philosophical reflections on time and the human condition. His view of time as a relentless yet precious commodity spurred our students to reflect on their perceptions and how they choose to invest their time.

Grade 11 student Mina invited Kawauchiya-san as part of the student-led Guest Speaker Club

Lessons in Passion and Perseverance

Kawauchiya-san’s recognition as a Contemporary Master Craftsman and his commitment to his craft underscored the broader lesson for our students that success and fulfillment can be found in diverse and unexpected pathways. His story illustrates how passion and perseverance can lead to excellence, achievement, and recognition.

Kawauchiya-san surrounded by students as he holds a prototype of his masterpiece, Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon: SLGT003

Inspiring Future Career Paths

As our students look toward their future careers, Kawauchiya-san’s visit offers a beacon of inspiration, highlighting the many possibilities that await, even beyond conventional routes. Whether it’s in the arts, sciences, or crafts, the key takeaway is the importance of nurturing one’s passion, dedicating oneself to continuous learning, and taking pride in one’s work. These lessons, which draw on Japan’s rich cultural heritage and Kawauchiya-san’s illustrious career, are invaluable as our students navigate their own unique journeys in a rapidly changing world.

Through this interaction, UWC ISAK Japan continues to foster an environment where students are encouraged to explore, question, and pursue their passions, equipped with the understanding that their paths to success are as unique as their individual aspirations. Kawauchiya-san’s visit not only enriched our students’ educational experience but also reinforced the school’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of thoughtful, skilled, and versatile global citizens.

Grade 11 student Midori tests out a loupe, a tool watchmakers and jewelers use to examine intricate details and work with precision.

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