Taro

Taro

  • Spacer 日本語 (Fluent)
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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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81 Reviews for Taro

  • Sophie Sophie

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! My boyfriend watched a lot of forging videos on youtube that's why I wanted to give him the opportunity to try to forge his own Japanese knife.
    Every steps has his own interest, from the heating to the forging and sharpening. We also had a good meal at noon. Taro explained us very well about everything we asked (job...), he helped us when we needed it, his team is very kind as well. We had a good time with them. Taro picks us at the train station so it is easy to go at the forge.

    Once again thank you Taro&Co!

  • Adam Adam

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! Such a great experience! It's a rare treat for a Japan government certified swordsmith to teach the ways of blacksmithing and even get to come home with a super cool knife you've forged yourself! I had zero experience with a forge beforehand and learned a lot through all the steps. The team was super nice and great too. Everyone is super patient and helpful as you're learning your skills. The Japanese style lunch was delicious too! If you're considering this class, I'd say just go for it. Well worth it and now I have a good base knowledge to continue this new pursuit when I return to the US. I took the class less than a week ago and already have plans with friends to build a mini forge. Big thanks to Taro and team!

  • Geoff Geoff

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! Taro and his wife were excellent hosts. Taro shared a lot of his craft with me and the end result was great. His wife prepared the biggest Japanesemeal I have ever eaten! If you like the idea of having a go at forging, try this experience.

  • Shaunt Shaunt

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! I had the best time! Taro is a great instructor! His english is very good and he is very knowledgable about forging steel. He gives you the creative freedom to create any shape you'd like, and he and his team will guide and help you through the whole process. I went with his signature snake tail. The whole setting including lunch felt very traditional. I loved everything about it (except the natto =P). I recommend this workshop to anyone visiting the Tokyo/Kyoto area.

  • Jonathon Jonathon

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! I have always had a fascination with the art of Japanese sword-making and am grateful for being able to experience it first-hand. Taro is a true master and excellent teacher! Having the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into just how much time it can take not only to perfect the art but also to craft each individual piece - and to craft my own knife is something I will never forget.
    Beautifully prepared lunch and warm hospitality made me feel very welcom and at home. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Japan!

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