Symbolic of Japanese tradition and culture and imbued with the spirit of the samurai, the Japanese sword is both a deadly weapon and a work of art. Yoshihara Yoshindo is considered to be the greatest swordsmith alive. His works are displayed at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Using techniques developed 1,000 years ago, he continues to forge swords at his small workshop in Tokyo. Why? Find out the answer to this and more on Face To Face.
Yoshihara says the beauty of Japanese swords lies in their functionality as a weapon.
Yoshihara has 6 apprentices, including his grandson. He's determined to pass on his techniques along with the spiritual essence of the sword.
Yoshihara has written books about his life as a swordsmith, with detailed explanations on how to view and appreciate a blade. His works have been translated into numerous languages.