What Japanese sword-making can teach us about the art of asado March 05, 2012

I just watched this video (which I came across on Move to Fit) and found it inspiring.  It features Korehira Watanabe, a Japanese sword maker who still makes traditional blades by hand.

Watanabe’s persistent dedication to perfecting his craft is a reminder that we, too, can apply the same principles with our pursuit of the perfect asado. Like the swordmaster, the asador surrounds himself with fire and applies patience and skill to create something wonderful.  The swordmaster and the asador eschew modern techniques to achieve their end product, knowing that the slower path produces the superior result.

I found this quote by Watanabe to be fitting:

“Many traditional craftsmen respond to modern times when handing down their craft, but the essence of the tradition suffers in doing so. I think it is meaningless to carry on tradition in that way.”