Korehira Watanabe, the Sword Maker

Awesomeness. Its not just that Korehira Watanabe decided, as a college student, that he wanted to become a swordmaker, even at the cost of family disownment in a family-based society. Its not just that he dedicated 40 years of his life towards recreating the craft of the kotō swords (the period of which spans from the late 10th Century to 1596) whose manufacturing secrets had been lost some 400 years ago. What is most awesome to us is that Watanabe intends for his disciple to surpass him in skill, as he’s adamant the tradition be passed along. He knows he may never uncover the secret of the Koto within his lifetime, but future generations might.

via Korehira Watanabe, the Sword Maker – Core77.

Official Site: korehira.com

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

I still remember the moment like it was yesterday. I was only 12 years old at the time and had never seen anything like it.  Of course it was the first of it’s kind, but it’s the kind of thing that Apple and Steve Jobs have been able to do over and over for almost 30 years, to arouse, invigorate, enkindle, transform, influence, stimulate and inspire. From that very first day 27 years ago to today. Thank you Steve.


Tokyo Rising

Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams has always been fascinated with Japanese culture. His frequent involvement with the arts and fashion communities of Tokyo made him a natural choice to lead our exploration. From his two-year collaboration with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to create the artwork entitled Simple Things that kicked off the official opening of Art Basel Switzerland in 2009 to Nigo of A Bathing Ape fame designing the cover of Pharrell’s solo debut In My Mind, the creative forces of Tokyo have been a constant source of inspiration for Pharrell throughout his many projects. He has been a great supporter of relief efforts for the Japanese citizens affected by the incidents of 3/11. He jumped at the chance to visit the metropolis that has had such an impact upon him as an artist and as an individual.


Link: Tokyo Rising | Palladium Boots