Next Episode of Handmade in Japan is
Series looking at traditional Japanese crafts and craftspeople.
On the island of Kyushu in Japan, one of the country's last remaining families of Samurai sword makers are continuing a tradition their ancestors began nearly three centuries ago. Working with his brother and son, Shiro Kunimitsu is dedicated to perfecting the art of producing swords of exceptional sharpness and durability. This film follows Shiro and his family as they lovingly craft a sword - a process that takes many months. We discover the importance of the sword in the ancient Samurai code, its enduring spiritual and symbolic power, and the challenges facing the dwindling numbers of sword makers in Japan today.
This film takes us to the remarkable island of Amami Oshima, following the painstaking handmade production of a traditional Japanese kimono.
This film takes us to the town of Mashiko and one of the most famous pottery families in Japan as Tomoo Hamada as creates traditional pieces in an old-style wood fuelled kiln.
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