The entrance to Fujiwara-san's katana workshop. Swordsmithing has historically had deep religious ties, as evidenced by the Shinto adornments around the shop.

Last weekend we were fortunate enough to be able to attend a private demonstration of the ancient Japanese tradition of swordsmithing. We traveled north to the town of Seki, which has been the center of the Japanese sword (and now cutlery) industry for nearly 800 years. Crazy.
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