As I mentioned earlier, this tour was quite rare and we weren’t sure if we would be able to participate or not, but I’m glad that things worked out in the end. Interestingly enough, this tour has gained popularity among middle schools due to the trending Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) phase.
・After graduating from high school.Trained in a swordsmith workshop
in Nara prefecture fou three and a half years
・2010 Moved to Yunotani,Isato Town,Kumano City,thehome of my grandmother
・Build your own training ground
・Studied under a blacksmith in Shingu City,Wakayama Prefecture for two years while
Building a smithy
・Received approval for sword production from the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2012
・It will be the first swordsmith in 14years in Mie prefecture.
The Demon’s Castle
Onigajo is right off the coast of Kumano and it’s this strange rock formation, shaped by nothing but natural geological weathering. The designs are interesting yet creepy and it really does look as if a demon would live here.
Due to it’s unusual and rare shape, Onigajo is part of the UNESCO World Heritage sacred sites and it’s definitely an interesting experience!
Staying the night at Kihoku
There’s over 20 rooms, 5 bathrooms, and way more kitchen sinks than necessary. There’s also an onsen bathtub and an outdoor bath as well. Supposedly this home was built by a famous architect and each piece of wood was selected by the type of tree in order to fit its purpose and aesthetic.
Some rooms are used as bedrooms while otherrooms are used as living rooms. Upstairs, there were also exhibitional roomswhich had wall paintings and delicate decorations displayed. The level ofdetail in this home was incredible and it felt like both a blessing and weirdto stay at this home made for 20 people, by myself.
Nevertheless, I felt nothing but gratitude tohave an experience like this.
Today, I got to fully experience two different aspects of Japanese tradition and culture. Tomorrow is the final day of my time in Mie and I’ll be taking on a completely different experience as I explore the beautiful, untouched coast of Kihoku!
Kumano City Tourist Information Corporation
【OWASE OSAKANAICHIBA OTOTO】
Kihoku Town Tourism Association