I woke up early to catch the first bullet train out of Tokyo. Okay so maybe it wasn't the first, but it was still pretty darn early.
So you might be wondering why I'm back. Well if you recall, I was here a couple weeks ago with my friend Will Shear and after posting several pics of us making knives on my blog, my friend Kris Brearton wanted to make a film about them. So without hesitation I set us up for another visit to intimately film and interview the skilled craftsmen of Japanese bladesmithing.
Being that it was Sunday and that everywhere would be closed, we did a quick browse of the Sakai Hamono Museum...
Said hello to Big Bro Ikeda-san...
Ate tsukemen at a local shop called Tamon (つけ麺 鉄餃子 多聞)...
And then spent the rest of the day in Kobe. Akashi to be exact.
Why Akashi? Well Ueyama-san and his family invited Kris and I to take a tour of their hometown.
And it was amazing!
Thank you Maho, Saho, and Ueyama-san!!!
I think I really like Kobe.
I definitely wouldn't mind living here someday.