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.
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