Handmade in Japan is a Documentary programme.


Handmade in Japan

Series looking at traditional Japanese crafts. On the island of Kyushu in Japan, one of the country's last remaining families of Samurai sword makers are continuing a tradition their ancestors began 230 years ago. Working with his brother and son, Shiro Kunimitsu is dedicated to perfecting the art of producing swords of exceptional sharpness and durability. This film follows Shiro and his family as they lovingly craft a sword - a process that takes many months. We discover the importance of the sword in the ancient Samurai code, its enduring spiritual and symbolic power, and the challenges facing the dwindling numbers of sword makers in Japan today.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 30 minutes (approx)

When is Handmade in Japan next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 December 21st, 2:20am. See more...