Yama Kuni Kaji


I've been learning the craft of making and mounting Japanese blades throughout my apprenticeship under Kaji Sensei, Michael Bell.


I began my apprenticeship in February of 2005. It was my teacher, Mr Bell who gave me the art name "Yama Kuni", meaning "Mountain Country".

In being apprenticed to him, Bell Sensei completely changed my view of the world and began my love affair with the subtle Wabi and Shibui of traditional Japanese crafts.

I also became a student of Takamura Ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu in 2005, under Toby Threadgill Sensei, and was awarded a Shoden license in 2011. A Koryu martial art, it helped deepen my understanding of the Japanese sword.

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