Taro

Taro

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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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  • Jay Jay

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! This was not the best thing I did on my Japan tour, but honestly one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. Taro was an absolute legend, very professional but also super fun learn the craft from.

    We left with cool AF forged blades done in our own unique style. One of the best holiday souvenirs I have in my house.

  • Felix Felix

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! This is a great opportunity to experience working in a forge under the guidance of a true swordsmith. Taro-san was very welcoming and did a great job explaining and teaching the steps required to forge the knife.

    Highly recommended, especially if you are interested in Japanese knives and culture. We definitely learned a lot and came away with a personalized and one of a kind souvenir!


    I would consider this an experience of a lifetime. Thanks!!!

  • Alex Alex

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! Taro and his team are incredible. This was an unforgettable experience and I can't recommend it enough.

  • Lisa Lisa

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! What an experience! We learned so much today. It was a wonderful experience for us and our 13 year old son. He said it was the highlight of our trip so far. Taro and his assistants were patient and great at explaining all the steps to making our own knives. We would highly recommend this experience for everyone. It was convenient as it was only a 30 min commute from Kyoto. Time to start working on our Samarai swords! 😃

  • Kevin Kevin

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! Taro-San is a very patient and knowledgeable host. You can tell he has a passion for his craft. He is very welcoming and gives great directions. His passion is contagious, after making your own Samurai knife with Taro-San you want to become a blacksmith yourself!

    I brought my son who has had an interest in blacksmithing for a long time and I hope this experience will spark a determination within him to fulfill a dream! Make no mistake though, swinging a hammer is hard work!

    Thank you Taro-San for such a wonderful experience!

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