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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98 Reviews for Taro

  • Neil Neil

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith!

    Make your own Samurai Knife with a Certified Swordsmith! For me anyway, most tourist attractions are a "one-direction" experience.. you're a passive observer for most things other than rides etc.

    This was a large chunk of the day and I had a blast making the knife. I knew nothing about metals coming into it and learned so much even though it was a relatively basic project.

    Even with the initial template metal pre-done, there was tons of hammering, heating, bending to make it one of a kind. Super happy. In fact, I did this as a gift for someone close to me, but **I** want the knife as I was so involved in making the thing! haha!! So, for that... it's now a more special gift.

    I'd recommend bringing a few bottles of water and a change of clothes. It gets HOT. You will sweat. You will around smoke from the forge and tempering process. You pobably won't want to smell like that on the Shinkansen back to Tokyo ;)

  • 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! 😃

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