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Science of Tatara and Japanese Sword
- Traditional Technology viewed from Modern Science -

Tatsuo INOUE

Department of Energy Conversion Science
Kyoto University

The traditional technology of tatara system, or Japanese steel making process, and Japanese sword are treated from the viewpoint of modern science, especially through the computer simulation of quenching of the sword. Discussions are made on the reason why such a traditional technology has been survived to be consistent with scientific rationality.

Key Words: Tatara, Japanese Sword, Traditional Technology, Modern Science, Computer Simulation