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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  • 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!

  • Dwayne Dwayne

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! Taro and his group are welcoming, knowledgeable, and incredibly helpful.

    In this course, you'll learn about traditional and contemporary blacksmithing techniques, learn about the tools, chat with some honestly cool people, and, of course, make a cool knife that you get to take home.

    Make no mistake, blacksmithing is not easy and you have to have real expectations. You're not walking out with a fully honed and polished katana. That takes a month for an expert.

    Thank you to Taro and his team for a fantastic experience. I will never forget it.

  • Ben Ben

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! This was an average experience. Knives were already pre-cut and you could choose from about 3. The whole hands on making the knife could of been over and done with within 2hrs but instead it gets dragged out all day. For lunch they fill you up with a huge sushi/rice dish which makes you wanna sleep for the rest of the hour lunch break. Over priced activity if you ask me and as for the knife it will look nothing like a knife in a shop or a small sword. Be prepared too get hot and sweaty in his small work hut all day making your metal looking knife. And if you suffer from asthma do not attend this activity as you probably won't see out the class as you'll be breathing in constant smoke from the coal burning up your knife, that's not a joke too. If the price was half then this experience would be what it's worth.
    Ben

  • John John

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! I went on a day where it was just me. Taro and his wife were extremely kind to me, and I also LOVED their own dynamic too. They were one of the cutest pairs I've seen in a long while haha. Both would ask me questions about my trip in Japan as well as where I stayed in the US, yet they were still able to be clear in their instruction and helped me make my knife! It was really fun to get to know them, as well as coming out of this experience knowing a bit more about forging and sharpening knives!

    I would DEFINITELY recommend this for anyone in Japan; it was definitely one of my favorite things I've done there.

  • Tamsin Tamsin

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! This was truly the most fun we had in our 10 days in Japan. We came from Kyoto - which was just 30 minutes on the train. My 13 year old son and I spent the day learning about and making the most beautiful knives. Seeing how much work it takes - makes you appreciate the ease with which we buy things these days; making our own knives showed us how much skill it takes to do it well (and the sweat equity it requires!) and finally - the finished products are SO fab. We have used them every day on our return to the US!

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