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Holiday Sundays
Business hours 9:00~18:30
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● Unparalleled craftsmanship of Kyoto lacquerware
Founded more than 100 years ago, the studio mainly produces incense tools and tea ceremony related lacquerware products. Though initially the woodworking was at the core of studio’s activities, now they also include all the processes of lacquerware production, from wooden base manufacturing to the maki-e, raden or relief carving decoration. All the operations are carried out by the division of labour, and the studio boasts to be one of the rare places in Kyoto to complete order-made lacquerware items from scratch, starting from lathe woodturning.

Holiday Open year-round
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● Uniqueness of subtle green glaze
UNRAKU-gama kiln holds a special place in the rich Kyo-yaki / Kiyomizu-yaki pottery tradition. Kyoto-style earthenware produced here is well-known for its original traditional patterns depicting the beauty of nature, meticulously painted over smooth surface. Slightly greenish aomatto glaze has become the most representative feature of UNRAKU-gama production. Skillful potter pays attention to the conditions of firing, which may eventually bring out the whiteness or crystallization of the glaze. This innovative kiln was the first in the national ceramics industry to introduce the practice of firing in an electric kiln, making a huge contribution to the world of Japanese pottery tradition.

Holiday Sundays, public holidays & irregular closings on Saturdays
Business hours 10:00~18:00
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● Kyoto round fans, elegant touch of freshness
Kyoto round fans, called Kyo-uchiwa or miyako-uchiwa, enjoy great popularity for their fine and elegant appearance. With sophisticated designs incorporating different craft techniques like openwork or woodblock printing to enhance decorative elements, Kyo-uchiwa tends to add a fresh touch of colour to any interior. The ribs and handles of Kyoto round fans are made separately in a style called sashie : about 100 bamboo ribs are arranged radially by hand, and the handle is attached at the end of the process. Every year, Shiomi Dansen carries out the production of more than 200 varieties of fans with traditional designs and handles of all kinds.

Holiday Saturdays and Sundays
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● Solemn splendor of gold
Gold leaf stamping technique, originally used for decoration of various religious furnishings, fittings and statues in Buddhist temples, consists of gluing gold leaves to the plane or three-dimensional surface with the help of urushi lacquer. Kyoto gold leaf stamping is characterized by a luxurious rich gloss created by the meticulous handwork of high-skilled artisans. Studio’s master craftsman Norifumi Fujisawa is actively engaged not only in Buddhist fittings decoration, but also in numerous fashion and interior design collaborations.

Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 8:30~19:00
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● Passing down the tradition of smithing for 16 generations
Well-known for its tea utensils and flower vases, Kanaya Gorosaburo has been creating fine metal products for more than 400 years and 16 generations. Freely using various smithing techniques such as hammering, casting and engraving, this workshop is also known for its unique metal colouring method called “Goro sanshoku” transmitted from father to son for generations. In recent years, Kanaya Gorosaburo has been breathing new life into the traditional smithing techniques by creating different metal implements and fittings for Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. The impressive array of tools assembled in the workshop indicates the depth of its smithing tradition.

Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 10:00~17:00
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● Modern Folk Craft ceramics
Kawai studio was founded by Takeichi Kawai, the nephew of Kanjiro Kawai, a prominent potter and key figure of Mingei movement. Pottery created here is both functional and decorative, keeping Mingei philosophy alive. Raised in Kawai family, the actual 3rd-generation Master potter Akiteru Kawai is the heir of the folk craft tradition. Usually, Kyoto pottery is produced by the division of labour, but in order to maintain the uniform style of his works, Akiteru handles all the steps of pottery making himself. Crafting a vast range of pottery from tea bowls to tableware and flower vases, he is passing down the heritage of Japanese folk craft to the future generations.

Holiday Wednesday
Business hours 10:00~17:00
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● The narrowest woven fabric in the world favoured by samurai
Very durable and resistant to stretching, sanadahimo cords came into use during Warring States period (1467-1568) serving as straps for swords and armour. As sanadahimo cord is woven on a loom, it is called “the narrowest woven fabric in the world”. With the development of the way of tea, these cords with their infinite possibilities of design were perfect for tying wooden boxes for tea utensils. For 15 generations, Enami has been transmitting precious techniques of sanadahimo (such as yakusokuhimo, or “promise bonds”, for different tea ceremony schools) and carrying out all the processes of the traditional cord making, from yarn dyeing to weaving.

Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~18:00
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● The oldest traditional sake brewery in central Kyoto
Established about 280 years ago, this oldest and full of history sake maker in central Kyoto continues to protect the tradition of sake brewing. Close to Kamogawa river and surrounded by mountains, the brewery is located in a rich natural environment highly favorable to the creation of numerous aromatic brands of sake. Kyoto underground water and locally grown rice are used as ingredients for brewing premium sake best suited for exquisite Kyoto cuisine. While preserving traditional techniques, the brewery progressively introduces modern technology, such as use of solar panels or temperature control equipment.