A news report from the Nittoho (NBTHK) Tatara in Yokota Village, Shimane prefecture, February 2009. Tamahagane is the raw materials from which Japanese swords are made. The Nittoho tatara is the only operation production center for tamahagane in existence today. It is operated once a year at the end of January, beginning of February.
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