We took a tour of the forging factory of Mazda’s Hiroshima plant with Hisashi Watanabe, a.k.a. “Mr. Forging.” Watanabe has spent 35 years working in the forging plant and was ready to show us the deep world of forging.
During the Kamakura period in Japan, mounted archers believed that the key to mastering their skill was to “achieve a oneness” between horse and rider. In Japanese, this is known as Jinba Ittai, (jin-ba ee-tie) or “horse and rider as one.”
A horse and rider communicate through tactile response. The horse adjusts its gait to allow the archer to release his arrow. Mazda aims to create the same relationship between car and driver.