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Delve into the process of Japanese sword-making

Delve into the process of Japanese sword-making

from 102.25

*$102.25 is the price per participant for a group of four. Each additional participant is $60.
Note: Minimum of four participants required. Solo guests may book at the price of four participants.

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Experience Includes |

  • 60 min - A historical and philosophical overview of Japanese sword making

  • 90 min - Demonstration by Fusahiro & hands-on welding & forging session
    Experience forging the iron sand, tamahagane (gem steel/ jewel steel) with hammer.

  • 30 min - Holding a completed Japanese Katana made by Fusahiro & photography session

Availability |

Everyday
Session 1 (13:00 - 16:00)

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Honjowaseda, Saitama
1 hr away from Tokyo Sta.

Offered in Japanese 

3 hr Experience

15 people max.


About Katana |

Katana | kah・tah・na

The Japanese katana is often idealized as the deadly weapon of samurai. What might be not as well known is that the katana is not only a weapon but that it symbolizes “protection” both against physical and immaterial foes. At Fusahiro’s studio, a special type of katana, the “mamori gatana” is produced, which is a talisman sword used in particular for spiritual protection. In fact, these swords were traditionally enshrined in Japanese homes to ward off evil and were part of various ceremonies and rituals for protective measures. Samurai, the warrior class, were expected to follow the codes of honor and ideals taught by the Bushido, “the way of warriors” in how they used katana, including the mamori gatana. During the Meiji period, special samurai privileges were taken away and samurai classes were gradually disbanded with the modernization of Japan. Then, after World War II, the manufacturing and martial art practices using katana were banned. As a result, many swordsmiths fell out of business, and the katana craft dwindled. These days, there are approximately only 150 swordsmiths in Japan due to the difficulty in getting a national certification and the aging population.   Witness the creation of this powerfully symbolic sword with a Japanese swordsmith at this Hagane Katana experience.

 

Things to note |

  • Offered in Japanese. Translation available as option, with additional charge.

  • Please make reservation at least 24 hrs in advance.

Cancellation Policy |

  • See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.