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Kyoto natural sharpening stone shop visit

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While at the Kezuroukai in Odawara, Japan last year I was a bit overwhelmed by the number of natural sharpening stone (ten-nen-toishi) sellers there. Most were from Kyoto, the epicenter of the natural stone mining business, and where we were heading in a couple days. 

Most sellers at Kezuroukai brought select stones to sell, but nobody was set up for you to actually try the stones in a meaningful way. When we spoke to a few of the more talkative sellers, they were quick to invite us out to their shops where they have their full inventory and encourage visitors bring blades and try everything.