I read a lot of the editorials and articles in the online magazine Slate.com. Sometimes they have some fascinating reads.
In this piece, a man interviews an old Japanese man renowned for making calligraphy brushes. He sells some of the higher end brushes for over 20 thousand USD. I would've liked to meet and talk with him as well. His description reminds me of several middle aged and older men I knew during my time there. He's the last of an endangered group of craftsmen who are slowly disappearing.
Men At Work: Artisans of Old Japan