Preserving Japan's traditional steel making for 'eternity'

Akira Kihara is seeking to preserve and teach traditional steel making, which he believes has contributed greatly to Japanese prosperity.

    Tatara steel making has more than a thousand years of history and tradition.

    According to myth, the Shinto god Susanoo descended upon the mountains and slew an eight-forked serpent. A sacred sword emerged from its body.

    Steelmaker Akira Kihara is trying to preserve and pass on traditional Japanese steel-making, essential for producing Japanese swords, a process that requires constant work through three days and nights.


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