The Cutlery Festival in Seki City of Gifu is emblematic of the city’s blade-production culture, and brings out an incredible number of guests from all over Japan every year.
The marketplace that is opened along the main road consists of roughly 50 different producers who set up shop in tents and sell a variety of items, including kitchen knives, scissors, pocket knives and other blades, all at outrageously reasonable prices.
Watch the sparks fly during a traditional Japanese sword forging demonstration, take a look and see what you can find at the outdoor knife show, or catch some masters practicing their sword skills at some of the many events being held around town during the festival.
- Tradition & History
- Life & Culture
October, the Saturday and Sunday before Health and Sports Day (2019 Date: October 12-13)
10:00am – 5:00pm
Honmachi-doori, Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum, Apise Seki, other locations throughout town
Honmachi, Seki City, Gifu
5 minute walk from Seki Station on the Nagaragawa Railway
This festival is normally held at the same time as the nearby Mino Washi Akari Art Festival so why not plan a trip to both?