Center of a strong blacksmith tradition; paradise for "Edward Scissorhands"
In Sanjo, a traditional town with many temples, the blacksmith tradition is reaching back to 1625. In that year the area suffered from a major flood. In order to prevent more flooding of the paddy fields, barriers were built. The nails used for putting these barriers together were originally made by craftsmen from Tokyo but the locals soon learned the craft. Ever since blacksmithing and metal industry has been a major business in Sanjo.
In order to preserve the tradition and pass it on to the younger generation, the Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo was set up. Here master craftsmen teach the forging technique to Sanjo's young people and interested visitors. One can learn how to forge different types of nails or a knife's plate.
Sanjo is famous for its metal industry throughout Japan. Best-known are gardening scissor and sewing scissors, cooking knifes, carpenter tools, farming tools etc. If you ever need a new set of knifes for your kitchen or as a present, come for a knife-shopping spree at the various showrooms around town, especially the "Sanjo and Tsubame Messepia".
Point: Tsubame Curry Ramen
What was once a hearty meal in a cold part of Japan has now become a food trend.
There Is even a map to point out at least 20 restaurants serving curry ramen in Tsubame but we were told that there are plenty more.