I'm Oliver, nice to meet you--what a great site, thanks for all the interesting discussions! Glad to finally be a (novice) part of it!
I'll be going to Japan to study joinery in the fall--in the meantime, I'm trying to learn as much as I can as a carpenter's assistant. There's a lot to learn but it's been an adventure so far.
So, if you have any pointers (or know any woodworkers in Japan--it's been tricky to find an apprenticeship so far--) or just want to chat about joinery or anything, drop me a line!
Have a great day, everybody!