I was trained in the most traditional way – apprenticeship, in the field, doing the work, with extraordinary master builder/architects. The traditions include Western building, Western art and sculptural building, Japanese traditional building and design. And, for a shorter period, traditional South Indian temple building & design. My apprenticeship in Japan with Ichikawa Kihei, master temple builder, was most extraordinary. I lived, worked, ate, breathed all that tradition and mastery that he shared with me, so joyfully, intently. I was his 76th apprentice – honorary, really – as my time with him was short by their standards. A remarkable experience, resonant to this day – Thank you Papasan!