Make a cheese knife and a corkscrew with a real swordsmith

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In this activity you will enjoy making daily items that can be used on the dining table. Certified swordsmith Taro learned the secrets of creating the tools in order to enjoy what brings people from different cultures together best: drinks and snacks

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  • Make a corkscrew and a cheese knife at a black smith where samurai knives are made
  • You will hear very interesting stories during this activity and will bring home not only the items but also nice memories
  • Enjoy discovering the secrets of Japanese black smith art
  • Just 30 minutes away from Kyoto!

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Pick-up at Gifu-Hashima Station

Important Information

There is always a danger of getting burnt, so please be very careful. We will not assume responsibility in case of an injury.

What you need to bring

Long sleeves, long pants made of cotton material.

Meet your host :
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Intermediate)

I am a Japanese swordsmith with a certificate from the Japanese government. I established my blacksmith, in 2004 after 6 years of training. My works have been successful both domestically and internationally.

I was invited to MIT which is one of the most advanced universities in the world. I was surprised because there was a smithy in the basement. "Why is there a smithy at such a place?", I asked. The answer was that all high-level technologies require low-level technology, and above every low-level technology there is a high-level technology. When the low-level technology is gone, high-level technology cannot be produced.
Then I was convinced that I have a mission to inform people from all over the world about the traditional technology from over 1000 years ago that I use to do my works. Because I utilize the oldest low-level technology in the world.

Let me introduce my lovely family. A beautiful wife, three energetic boys and the youngest child is a girl. A total of four children and one pet dog.
Every day is very exciting. You are welcome to come and visit me. My only rule is to drink alcohol every day. I love every kind of alcohol, especially beer. Among them IPA and Yale are the best. If you bring them to me as a souvenir, my heart will burn up to its maximum. Like a steel that turned red.

Thank you for reading to the end. I am waiting for you at Asano Kajiya.
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