JAPANESE SWORDSMITH ATTEMPTS TO CRAFT MYTHICAL ‘KOTO’ SWORD

He’s one one of Japan’s last remaining swordsmiths, but for the past 40 years, Korehira Watanabe has been meticulously honing his craft, so that he can reach his ambition of recreating the mythical “Koto” sword. The skills, direction and process of which have been lost long ago, but may yet be rewritten.

I NEED TO PASS ALONG THE AESTHETICS AND SOUL OF THE JAPANESE PEOPLE THROUGH MY SWORDS.
This captivating documentary tracks Korehira’s story, from his the moment he was inspired to become a swordsmith to those that guided him in the pursuit of creating the “Koto” sword – believed by many to be the very pinnacle of Japanese sword making, a perfect blend of steel, balance and beauty. He chasing his dream, Korehira faced many obstacles, not only in trying to learn his craft but also in being shunned by his family for following a tradition which in their eyes, was a dying art.

How wrong he’s proved them to be…

 

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