Monthly Archives: September 2011

Working with Older Stones, Some Help

When dealing with stones that have no ink stamps it is nice to have some reference points to go back to. I am lucky enough have a few Nakayama that are ink stamped “Maruka” that date back to the first … Continue reading

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The Ohira Mine, a visit.

Several years ago I had a chance to visit the Ohira mine at the invitation of its owner Ishihara-san of the Tamba region of Kyoto. He is the 5th generation to run the mine and he remembers his grandfather working … Continue reading

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Ever wonder what it is like to live in a Japanese Castle

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a samuri and live in a Japanese Castle? Chances are the daimyo or local king who owned it hardly ever went into it. This little castle in the town of Maruoka, Ishikawa Prefecture … Continue reading

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The Road to Umegahata & The Ozuku Mine

Yesterday my wife Emiko and I took the JR bus from Kyoto station up Hwy 162 out of Kyoto’s Utano ward, through Narutakihonmachi and up into the village of Takao. The bus took us a little further up into the … Continue reading

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Shaving in Japan, again

The very first time I ever shaved in Japan was New Years Day 1979 and it was in a public bath in a small city named Komastu, yes the tractor companies home base. It was a little tense at first, not … Continue reading

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Trip to the Feather Razor Co. Museum

I was very lucky recently to be able to travel to Seki, Gifu Prefecture and visit the Feather Company Museum. Seki is known as a blade makers town going back into the Edo Period when the blade of choice was … Continue reading

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