This program allows visitors the opportunity to visit a swordsmith in Osafune Town (Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture), an important and historically valuable Japanese sword production site, and forge a letter opener under the tutelage of a skillful swordsmith. Visitors experience the entire process of forging, from stoking the fire with a bellows, hammering, sharpening, and grinding, to inscribing their name, and bring the finished letter opener home as a practical souvenir.
Visitors see a wide variety of Japanese swords at the Bizen Osafune Sword Museum, the only Japanese sword museum in Japan. At Bizen Osafune Sword Village, visitors see the eight essential steps in the Japanese sword making process. They also visit the Saihoji Jigenin Temple, which is deeply associated with sword making. It’s a one-day program filled with experience relating to Japanese swords.
The program includes a delicious lunch made with local ingredients at the studio. Visitors enjoy the friendly atmosphere with the swordsmith.
About swords made in Osafune
Osafune Moriie Smithy – Swordsmith AOKI Moriie
AOKI Moriie was born in Kyoto in 1948. In 1970, he studied under SUMITANI Masamine (Living National Treasure). In 1975, he was certified as a manufacturer of Japanese art swords; and in the following year, he became independent and opened a smithy in Tsukechi Town (Ena County, Gifu Prefecture). In 1983, he was invited by Osafune Town (Oku County, Okayama Prefecture) to oversee the creation of the Bizen Osafune Museum Sword Smithy. In 1991, he opened a smithy at the former site of the OSAFUNE Kanemitsu residence.
Advisor to the Chugoku & Shikoku Branch of the All Japan Swordsmith Association