Friday, March 23, 2012
Visiting the Sword Making Shop
While we were still at the shop, there were several members of a dojo who were ready to demonstrate the use of these precise weapons. We humbly sat in chairs while they staged wet rolled up mats to be used as the "victims". Each man stepped forward with care and concentration and cut through the mats quickly and with one stroke. They took great care to make sure the blade was put back securely before stepping away. Then we were able to take and hold the swords and ask questions. The whole day was very funny because we did not have a translater and it was a lot of gesturing and laughing and guessing at what the others were saying. However, we did learn that one of the demonstrators had one thumb shorter than the other. This occurred on his very first day when he quickly pulled the blade from its sheath and in the process sliced his own thumb off, which was saved and reattached later. We took many pictures and shared many smiles.
Here are the photos from that trip...