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Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo

Last Update:2015/10/22

Purpose

It is said that the industry of Sanjo began with the manufacturing of traditional Japanese nails a few hundred years ago.

Currently the region is recognized as a metalgoods manufacturing area, but the original tradition of blacksmithing has not lost, and to this day is still an active lifestyle with the city.

This facility has been built to spread the wonders of traditional blacksmithing techniques to all whom visit. In 2002, hands-on blacksmithing classes known as the "Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo" begain and on April 19th, 2005 the "Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo" opened its doors to the public.

Furture "Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo" classes will include blacksmithing, carpentry, family Buddhist alter making and many other fascinating Sanjo skills.

Permanent Workshops

The Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo offers the following three workshops all year round (except closed days). If attending as a group, please contact beforehand to confirm that enough instructors can be provided to your avail.

* Closed days: Monday (If Monday is falls on a holiday, the following day is closed)

  1. Kitchen knife sharpening workshop
    Instructors will carefully instruct you on the proper procedures of kitchen knife sharpening.

     

    Dates:   Everyday except when closed.*
    Times:   Anytime between 09:00 - 11:00, 13:00 - 15:30 (9am-11:00pm, 1:00pm-15:30pm)
    Fee:   Adults 300yen, Under 15 (inclusive) 150yen
    Time required:   Approximately 1 hour for 1 blade.
    Other:   Please bring your own kitchen knife to be sharpened.

  2. Traditional Japanese Nail making workshop
    Learn how to make your very own traditional Japanese nail, which kindled the the start of the Sanjo blacksmithing culture.

     

    Dates:   Everyday except when closed.*
    Times:   Anytime between 09:00 - 11:00, 13:00 - 15:30 (9am-11:00pm, 1:00pm-15:30pm)
    Fee:   Adults 500yen, Under 15 (inclusive) 250yen
    Time required:   Approximately 1 hour.
    Other:   If attending a workshop in a group larger than 4 people, please contact the office beforehand.
    For safety purposes adults and children 6 years of age and older only. Necessary tools are provided but please bring a change of clothes as they will get dirty from working with metal. There will be a changing room available for you to use.

     
  3. Paper knife making workshop
    Learn how to make a paper knife out of a nail.

     

    Dates:   Everyday except when closed.*
    Times:   Anytime between 09:00 - 11:00, 13:00 - 15:30 (9am-11:00pm, 1:00pm-15:30pm)
    Fee:   Adults 1000yen, Under 15 (inclusive) 500yen
    Time required:   Approximately 1 hour.
    Other:   For safety purposes adults and children 6 years of age and older only. Necessary tools are provided but please bring a change of clothes as they will get dirty from working with metal. There will be a changing room available for you to use. 

     

Contact Details

*Japanese speaking only

Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo
Address: 11-53 Motomachi, Sanjo, Niigata, 955-0072
TEL: 0256-34-8080
FAX: 0256-34-8081
E-mail: kaji@city.sanjo.niigata.jp

Contact us

International Affairs Section Regional Management Division Sanjo City Office
Address: 3-1 Asahicho2, Sanjo-shi, Niigata 955-8686
Tel: +81 (0256) 34-5511 (ext.403)
Fax:  +81 (0256) 36-5111
e-mail

Sanjo City Office/955-8686 3-1 Asahicho2, Sanjo-shi, Niigata
Tel:+81 256-34-5511 (ext.314) Fax:+81 256-34-7933

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