...and twenty eight years in continuous operation as an independent company, the Kongō-gumi has succumbed.
Korean temple builders, brought to Japan by Shōtoku Taishi to construct Shintennōji in Osaka, 40 generations of CEOs.
All things must pass...but it makes me feel kinda wistful...
Oh, well, there's still the ryokan Hōshi, in continuous operation since 718.
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