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  • - [Narrator] These days you can learn

  • practically anything from the internet.

  • (xylophone chimes)

  • So the concept of being an apprentice

  • craftsman may seem a little old school.

  • But here in the countryside ofchi, Japan,

  • there is a small blacksmith workshop,

  • where the apprenticeship style of learning

  • has not completely disappeared.

  • (upbeat music)

  • These blades are called Nata, and they are used

  • by professional woodcutters here inchi,

  • which is a heavily forested region of the country.

  • They are the tool chiefly made by this master craftsman.

  • But three years ago, after nearly a lifetime

  • of working alone, Matsumura was joined by a young man.

  • (laughing)

  • When he learned about Matsumura, Kikuchi left

  • his manufacturing job in the city

  • and approached the aging master

  • who was hesitant to take on the young man as an apprentice.

  • And for Kikuchi, it's not only about learning

  • from his master, but learning how to think like his master.

  • (upbeat music)

- [Narrator] These days you can learn

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The Ancient Art of Forging Japanese Knives

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    許大善 posted on 2019/03/09
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