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Okuizumo Tatara to Tokenkan

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jeffreygalino wrote a review Oct 2020
Hiroshima, Japan69 contributions1 helpful vote
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I really wanted to visit this museum for it is part of my Japanese sword bucket list. Okuizumo Tatara Sword Museum features a story of transformation - iron ore from the sand of Okuizumo to the finishing of the Tatara sword. It also displays different types of swords made throughout history. Unfortunately, we did not visit on a second Sunday or fourth Saturday for it is the day where we can witness the master swordsmith and his crew forge tamagahane as well as a demonstration of tameshigiri – test cutting by a swordsman. Outside is a sculpture of the eight-headed serpent from the myth of Susanoo.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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allidfroze wrote a review Oct 2020
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Information about tatara (traditional way of forging) and sword production are interesting! The iron ores and sample swords are on display. Model of some machines used in iron making can also be experienced on-hand!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Alice m wrote a review Sep 2019
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I went on a tour run by a cruise ship, which provided an English translator which was very valuable as the museum was entirely in Japanese. We had a demonstration of the production of the tamahagane steel in a furnace, and also a sword display. Our only disappointment was that the full sword making process is not demonstrated at this museum - that would have made what is a lovely small museum, truly marvellous.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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