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Holiday Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:30~18:00
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● Silvery gloss created by careful polishing
Silvery gloss is the greatest feature of Kyo-gawara, the tiles that cover the roofs of temples and shrines. Kyoto tiles are made from high-quality clay, polished with a metal spatula until they are shiny and fired in a kiln at a high temperature. Asada Kawara is the only factory which still produces Kyoto tiles by hand. Onigawara (ridge-end tiles bearing the face of a demon), an indispensable element of traditional buildings, are reproduced here for restoration purposes after a thorough research about their style, materials and production method.

[038-01]Atelier visit (with a souvenir included) 詳細表示

Atelier visit

Learn about Kyo-gawara production from 3rd generation master craftsman, the last maker of traditional handmade tiles.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~30 people
Same-day reservation OK
Price:
5,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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[038-02]Shoki-san making experience (with a netsuke included) 詳細表示

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Learn the secrets of Shoki-san making from the last producer of traditional handmade tiles.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~13 people
Same-day reservation OK
Price:
8,000yen
Time Required:
2.5 hours
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Holiday Irregular holidays
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● Traditional bamboo craft in modern Japanese lifestyle
Japanese art of bamboo weaving and plaiting takes full advantage of the strength and flexibility of bamboo strips to produce high-quality baskets. Meet the artisan who went further and challenged himself to create elegant bags using the traditional basket-making technique. The various processes involved in the creation of a hand-woven bag, such as bamboo splitting, weaving, lacquer applying and sewing, are all done by one person with a scrupulous attention to detail. It is said that it takes 3 years to learn how to split bamboo properly: mastering the Japanese weaving and plaiting techniques requires long-time training and effort. 8 basic ways of bamboo weaving unfold into infinite variations of shapes and patterns.

[001-01]Atelier visit 詳細表示

Atelier visit

Watch how a piece of cut bamboo gradually becomes a handwoven bag.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 1~7 people
Credit card OKPrevious-day reservation OK
Price:
1,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Workshop visit Translate

2017/03/14

As part of my Surviving Hands project, I visited a couple of artisans in Kyoto. Kyoto Artisans Concierge helpe...

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Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● Art of Buddhist paraphernalia metalwork maintained for 17 generations
Fujigen is an atelier where butsugu, or various metal implements for Buddhist altars (candle stands, flower vases, incense burners), are crafted. For 17 generations, the atelier has been producing order-made metal fittings for different Buddhist sects. Manufacturing operation consists of casting bronze or brass alloys and polishing the obtained pieces with a rasp or charcoal. The production of Kyo-butsugu is characterized by the creative use of multiple engraving tools for pattern carving. Delicate lines are carved one by one with much attention to detail.

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How about making an original accessory under the watchful eye of a 17th-generation master-craftsman in a long-established atelier which produces Buddhist ritual implements for Higashi Honganji temple?

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 1~8 people
Same-day reservation OK
Price:
2,500yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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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.

[008-01]Gold leaf stamping experience 詳細表示

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Have fun stamping gold leaf on a paperweight and then take it home as a souvenir.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 1~5 people
Same-day reservation OK
Price:
2,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~19:00
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● Well-established shop with a scent of tradition
Hayashi Ryushodo incense shop was established in 1834. It offers a great choice of various aroma goods : fragrant wood, shoko (chipped incense), incense sticks and scent bags. The shop is well known for mastering delicate techniques of chopping carefully selected pieces of aloeswood, agarwood and sandalwood, as well as for its original way of aroma blending. Hayashi Ryushodo counts numerous Buddhist temples and specialists in incense and tea ceremonies among its loyal customers. Subtle scent of incense enhances living space, and can be enjoyed by five senses. Hayashi Ryushodo devotes its skills to passing down the traditional art of japanese incense in all its variations of shape, colour and form of smoke.

[031-01]Incense shop visit with monko (“listening to incense”) experience and a gift (scent bag) 詳細表示

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Experience time travel in a long-established incense shop.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 1~5 people
English OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
850yen
Time Required:
0.75 hour
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Holiday Saturdays, Sundays & New Year's holiday
Business hours 10:00~17:00
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● The ultimate protector of Kyoto-style umbrella tradition
Established more than 100 years ago, Hiyoshiya is actually the only producer of Kyo-wagasa, traditional Kyoto-style umbrella, which plays an important role in various cultural events such as outdoor tea ceremonies, Noh and Kabuki stage performances, as well as solid and rustic umbrella for general use. Kyo-wagasa, made from carefully selected bamboo and washi (Japanese paper), is held in high esteem in Japan and overseas. Recently, Hiyoshiya has also been actively designing and producing new lifestyle products, such as lighting equipment, using traditional umbrella-making methods and techniques.

[013-01]Atelier visit & miniature umbrella making experience 詳細表示

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Enjoy creating wonderful memories of your trip while learning the history of Japanese umbrella from the only maker of traditional Japanese umbrellas in Kyoto.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~6 people
English OKCredit card OKPrevious-day reservation OK
Price:
10,000yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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Holiday Mondays & Tuesdays
Business hours 11:30~18:00
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● The last standing spinning top maker
In Momoyama period (1568-1600), imperial court ladies used to wind bright-colored kimono fabric strips around a bamboo rod to make a “tatami room spinning top”, the ancestor of modern Kyo-koma, or Kyoto spinning top. The craft of spinning top making has long flourished, but now Jakkyu remains the only place in Kyoto to carry on this unique tradition. No edged tools are involved in Kyo-koma shaping process: flat cotton strips dyed in vivid colors are rolled around a bamboo rod using only fingers. Even today, elegant Kyoto spinning tops are popular for their beautiful smooth rotation.

[005-01]Atelier visit & Kyoto spinning top making experience 詳細表示

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How about a rare experience of making of an original colorful Kyoto spinning top in a studio situated just near Nijo Castle?

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 1~10 people
Same-day reservation OK
Price:
2,500yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● The beauty of finely traced family crests
Kamon, or Japanese family crest, is an indispensable part of any formal-style kimono, starting from those that are created using Kyo-kuromontsuki-zome dyeing method. By combining 4,000 existing crest patterns, up to one hundred million variations of crests can be created. With the use of a writing brush, Chinese ink and a compass made of bamboo, skillful artisans of Kamon no Koga delicately trace small (only 3 cm in diameter) family crests. They carry on the techniques of a traditional craft that is undeniably the highlight of Kyoto textile dye craftsmanship.

[025-01]Traditional Japanese family crest drawing experience 詳細表示

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Are you familiar with kamon, traditional Japanese family crests? Let's take a close look at kamon so highly valued by the Japanese since ancient times.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 1~4 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
2,500yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 10:00~18:00
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● Kyoto dolls’ private hair stylist
The art of traditional doll making—hina dolls, gogatsu dolls, or other—was nurtured and passed down through the centuries of Kyoto elegant culture. Kyo-ningyo, or Kyoto dolls, are made by numerous artisans who fabricate special components such as heads, hands and feet, accessories and clothing. Kimata is specializing in attaching hair to the dolls’ heads, the task that is executed with extreme preciseness and delicacy. The repair and restoration of old dolls of all the Japanese regions and periods are carefully performed here as well.

[020-01]Atelier visit 詳細表示

Atelier visit

Observe the skillful techniques of production and restoration of elegant Kyoto dolls.

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Reservation deadline: 1week before
Number of participants: 1~4 people
Credit card OK
Price:
800yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Holiday Sundays
Business hours 9:00~18:00
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● Unique tradition of Kyoto lantern making
Founded about 220 years ago, Kobishiya Chūbe has long illuminated temples, shrines, shops and restaurants. Now the traditional technique of lantern making called jibari-shiki is carried on by two brothers, Shun and Ryo Kojima.
The manufacturing method consists of creating a lantern frame by bending bamboo strips into individual rings and fixing them together with hemp strings, which results in the production of tough lanterns easy to repair. As a fair amount of time and effort is put into each lantern, this method has become rare nowadays, but Kobishiya Chūbe continues to provide temples, shrines and long-established shops with high-quality lanterns.

[006-01]Atelier visit & small lantern making experience 詳細表示

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While walking Kyoto streets, you will probably catch the sight of a paper lantern here and there... To tell you the truth, many among them are manufactured in Kojima Shoten!

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Reservation deadline: 3days before
Number of participants: 1~10 people
Price:
3,800yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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ミニ提灯作り Translate

2016/06/02

こちらのお洒落な提灯に惚れ込んで1人でミニ提灯作り体験をしてきました。 楽しかったです。 工房の見学をさせてもらい職人さんのものづくりに対する思いや 技術を知ることが出来貴重な経験でした。 長く続けたいから、作る過程を知...

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Holiday Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (inquire in advance)
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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●The beauty of Nishiki created through orchestrated effort of numerous craftsmen
Since ancient times, Nishiki-ori, Kyoto silk brocades woven with gold, silver and multi-colored threads, have been valued for their luxurious appearance. KOHO Nishiki Textile Studio undertakes the restoration of precious ancient textiles and conducts a thorough research about the traditional weaving techniques, from the silk cocoons processing to the tools and weaving equipment. Nishiki textiles are created through the combined skills of numerous craftsmen, involving not less than 70 various processes. The works of the textile artist Koho Tatsumura are characterized by a stunning luminous three-dimensional effect and are called “The Weaving of Light” overseas.

[009-01]Atelier visit 詳細表示

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Visit a textile studio and get acquainted with genuine Nishiki brocades, the pinnacle of Japanese silk weaving art.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 1~10 people
Credit card OKPrevious-day reservation OK
Price:
700yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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[009-02]Atelier visit & loom weaving experience 詳細表示

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How about a genuine hands-on experience of Nishiki brocade weaving, the pinnacle of Japanese silk weaving art?

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 1~2 people
Credit card OKPrevious-day reservation OK
Price:
2,500yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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[009-03]Atelier visit & accessory making experience 詳細表示

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Enjoy a genuine hands-on experience of creating your own unique silk brocade accessory!

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 1~10 people
Credit card OKPrevious-day reservation OK
Price:
4,400yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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Holiday Sundays & public holidays (inquire in advance)
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● The appeal of bright-coloured Cochin ware
In Hiyoshi, Kyoto area famous for the distinguished ceramics production, Koshun-gama has been producing impressive vibrant-coloured Cochin ware for three generations. A wide variety of items—everything from tea utensils to casual tableware—is created here using icchin, or tube lining decorating technique. The edges of patterns are defined with the relief lines made by squeezing soft clay through a nozzle. After applying a colored glaze, the low-temperature firing takes place, bringing out the distinctive Cochin ware colours. All the processes are performed by the same artisan, who is willing to create new order-made items.

[014-01]Atelier visit & Cochin porcelaine painting experience 詳細表示

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Koshun-gama is the only place in Japan where you can experience Cochin porcelain painting! (According to the investigation by Fureaikan)

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~10 people
Credit card OKPrevious-day reservation OK
Price:
5,000yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● Sacred purity of unfinished wood
The studio is specializing in woodworking, producing furnishings and votive objects for Shinto shrines and religious ceremonies. Ceremonial implements are generally made of unfinished wood without any lacquer coating. Beautiful white-grained hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood is believed to represent the concept of purity so important in Shinto religion. Sometimes artisan even purifies himself and puts on white clothing before starting to work. The impressive array of assembled woodwork planes can tell you a remarkable story of Kyoto traditional wood joint-making and bending techniques.

[018-01]Atelier visit 詳細表示

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Don't miss a rare chance to enter the hidden world of Shinto ritual articles maker which supplies the shrines and festivals not only in Kyoto, but also all over the country.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~15 people
Same-day reservation OK
Price:
800yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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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.

[028-01]Sake brewery visit & sake tasting (with a souvenir included) 詳細表示

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Visit the oldest sake brewery in central Kyoto and taste some of its products.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~20 people
English OKCredit card OKPrevious-day reservation OK
Price:
1,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Holiday Irregular holidays
Business hours 9:00~18:00
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● Elegant patterns created with tie-dyeing technique

Established in the precincts of Kandaijin shrine in 1932, Atelier Morimoto is specializing in tie-dyeing. Through the division of labour, the atelier is consistently carrying out all the stages of dyeing process, from designing patterns to colouring. Dyeing is performed with the technique that consists of tying the parts of the cloth which are not to be coloured before dyeing it in different colours (resist dyeing). The atelier is famous for its high-quality dyed goods such as wedding futons decorated with flower and landscape patterns, which require mastering Kyo-kanoko-shibori technique representing the essence of Kyoto tie-dyeing tradition.

[023-01]Atelier visit & handkerchief dyeing workshop (itajime-shibori technique) 詳細表示

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Enjoy a tie-dyeing workshop under the guidance of a traditional master-craftsman and make your own unique souvenir from Kyoto.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 1~6 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
2,000yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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Holiday Sundays & public holidays; also every 2nd & 4th Saturday from January to September
Business hours 9:00~17:30
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● Delicate handmade candlelight
In Kyoto, where the headquarters of all the Buddhist sects are located, handmade warosoku (Japanese candle) production is a highly valued traditional craft. Due to the vegetal origin of materials (warosoku are made from haze tree wax, washi paper and vegetal fibres), they don’t release oily smoke or soot while burning. Nakamura Rosoku, Japanese candle maker since 1887, is still following the traditional method of shaping candles one by one with the help of a wooden mould and applying the last coat of melted wax by hands. Warosoku made by this technique are appreciated for their bright shimmering flame.

[012-01]Atelier visit (with 1 candle offered) 詳細表示

Atelier visit

Enjoy your visit to the atelier of the Japanese candle maker which was even used for a TV drama shooting and learn everything you wanted to know about Japanese candles! Which are, by the way, the perfect choice for a present.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 1~8 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
1,000yen
Time Required:
0.75 hour
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[012-02]Atelier visit & candle making experience 詳細表示

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Enjoy your visit to the atelier of the Japanese candle maker which was even used for a TV drama shooting and learn everything you wanted to know about Japanese candles. Then go further and try to make your own candle!

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 1~8 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
3,500yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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[012-03]Atelier visit & candle painting experience 詳細表示

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Watch how Kyoto traditional craftsman fluently draws a pattern on a Japanese candle. Then try it yourself and decorate your own original candle.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~4 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
2,500yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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自分の気持ちについて Translate

2017/03/14

初めて作りました、楽しいと思います。 でも、絵が苦手なので、作品がきれいじゃないと思います、残念です。

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Holiday Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays (※Open every 1st Saturday)
Business hours 9:00~18:00
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● Passing down the Kyoto rosary-making tradition
Nakano Isuke has been producing and selling Kyo-nenju, or Kyoto-style rosaries, for the last 250 years. The large part of Japanese rosaries are produced in Kyoto, and Nakano Isuke boasts to be the leader of this industry, providing temples with rosaries which are made according to the traditional production methods defined by each Buddhist sect.
The basic 108 beads, made of linden wood or natural stone, represent each a human worldly desire. By connecting the rosary beads with fine-quality silk threads, this long-established atelier remains the unique place to faithfully pass the techniques of Kyoto rosary craft down through history.

[017-01]Rosary bracelet making experience 詳細表示

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Feel the atmosphere of the rosary maker's atelier established more than 250 years ago.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 1~4 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
3,240yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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伝統を繋ぐ現場 Translate

2017/03/14

私は数珠作りを体験しました。そこは古くからの町家でした。普段見ることのない町家の内部を見学させていただき、伝統産業の歴史を感じることができました。工芸体験だけでなく、このようにその背後にある歴史を肌で感じることができる現...

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[017-02]Rosary bracelet making experience (with engraved Sanskrit characters) 詳細表示

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Feel the atmosphere of the rosary maker's atelier established more than 250 years ago.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 1~4 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
4,320yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Holiday Mondays,Wednesdays,Thursdays,Sundays ans pubic holidays
Business hours 14:00~16:00
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● Experience Kyoto culture through Kyo-kumihimo braided cords
Developed in Nara period (710-794), Kyo-kumihimo braiding technique bloomed in ancient Kyoto, decorating Shinto and Buddhist implements, armor, kimono accessories and furnishings. Kumihimo cords with multi-coloured patterns are made using various braiding stands, such as marudai, kakudai, takadai or ayatakedai. At Meikyoan, cord braiding workshops with real tools and materials are implemented under the guidance of traditional craftsman Meijun Naruhashi. After the workshop, enjoy matcha tea in a tea-ceremony room, listening to the explanations about Kyoto culture.

[034-01]Kyo-kumihimo workshop (strap or bracelet) with a tea ceremony experience 詳細表示

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Initiate yourself into the traditional Kyo-kumihimo braiding under the guidance of an experienced craftsman.

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Reservation deadline: 4days before
Number of participants: 1~6 people
Price:
2,900yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● Traditional technique of stencil carving for yuzen dyeing
Nishimura Yuzen Chokoku was established in 1934 as a katagami (paper stencils) carving specialist for Kyo-yuzen dyeing. Stencil carving art is indispensable for the kimono industry. Sometimes, an elaborate multi-coloured kimono pattern requires as many as 100 sheets of paper stencils, one for each colour ! Stencils carved from washi paper with the help of special handmade chisels offer the infinite possibilities of patterns.

[026-01]Atelier visit & paper stencil carving workshop 詳細表示

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Study the art of stencil carving under the proudly independent artisan who is engaged in collaborations with French designers

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Reservation deadline: 2days before
Number of participants: 1~6 people
Price:
3,780yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Holiday Every 2nd Saturday, Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~18:00
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● Rich glow of gold brocade
At Orisho Hirai, silk threads are intertwined with gold threads and woven into splendid gold brocade priest robes. According to the Nishijin weaving tradition, the umebata loom is installed below ground level to create the perfect condition for weaving—humidity softens the silk threads, making them easier to deal with. Kyoto traditional technique called hikibaku consists of affixing gold leaves on a sheet of washi paper with lacquer, cutting it into extremely thin filaments (about 0.3 mm) and weaving the obtained gold threads into the silk fabric for the luxurious three-dimensional effect.

[019-01]Atelier visit 詳細表示

Atelier visit

Listen to the sounds of traditional handloom and feel the particular atmosphere of the atelier producing handwoven gold brocades.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~6 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
700yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Magical Experience Translate

2017/06/05

Our visit to the Atelier of Orishao Hirai was the most memorable experience, and was one of our most favourite...

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Holiday Open year-round
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● The warm simplicity of Raku ware pottery
Rakunyu-gama is a kiln mastering the traditional techniques of Raku-yaki, highly prized pottery used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Its activities are centered around the production of matcha tea bowls, as well as various flower vases, incense containers and plates. As Raku ware is moulded by hand without the use of a potter’s wheel, its charm lies in a warm and rustic appearance. Developed as a part of Kyoto culture, its technique and texture differ from those of the typical Kyoto ware. Along with the creation of Raku-yaki, characterized by low-temperature firing, Rakunyu-gama is also striving to create light-colored ceramics.

[015-01]Atelier visit & sake cup making experience 詳細表示

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Offer yourself a chance to make the one and only sake cup in the world using the Raku ware "hand-shaping technique".

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~8 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
4,320yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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[015-02]Atelier visit & tea bowl making experience 詳細表示

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Reservation deadline: 3days before
Number of participants: 2~8 people
Price:
10,800yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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Holiday Irregular holidays
Business hours 9:00~18:00
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● The multi-coloured appeal of mother-of-pearl inlay
Established at the end of Meiji era (1868-1912), Sagaraden Nomura is the only maker and retailer of raden (mother-of-pearl inlay) goods in Kyoto. One of the most outstanding techniques of lacquerware decoration, raden consists of inlaying very thin (about 0,3mm) pieces of seashell (those of Turbo marmoratus or abalone among others) into the black-lacquered surface. Due to its high ornamental qualities, raden is used to adorn various tea utensils and accessories. The craftsmen of Sagaraden Nomura play with light, skillfully adjusting the pieces of seashell to bring out the whole variety of mother-of-pearl tints. Atelier is dealing with different stages of lacquerware production, from lacquering to decorating with raden and maki-e techniques.

[027-01]Atelier visit & raden maki-e workshop (round tray) 詳細表示

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Don't miss a chance to try your hand at raden, one of the decorative techniques of Kyoto lacquerware. You can take the decorated tray with you on the same day.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~10 people
English OKCredit card OKPrevious-day reservation OK
Price:
4,700yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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[027-02]Atelier visit & raden maki-e workshop (a pair of coasters) 詳細表示

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Don't miss a chance to try your hand at raden, one of the decorative techniques of Kyoto lacquerware. You can take the decorated coasters with you on the same day.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~10 people
English OKCredit card OKPrevious-day reservation OK
Price:
4,700yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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[027-03]Atelier visit & raden maki-e workshop (round tray; with cutting mother-of-pearl out yourself) 詳細表示

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Don't miss a chance to try your hand at raden, one of the decorative techniques of Kyoto lacquerware. You can cut out the desired shape of mother-of-pearl yourself. Take the decorated round tray with you on the same day.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~10 people
English OKCredit card OKPrevious-day reservation OK
Price:
6,000yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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[027-04]Atelier visit & raden maki-e workshop (a pair of coasters; with cutting mother-of-pearl out yourself) 詳細表示

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Don't miss a chance to try your hand at raden, one of the decorative techniques of Kyoto lacquerware. You can cut out the desired shape of mother-of-pearl yourself. Take the decorated coasters with you on the same day.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~10 people
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Price:
6,000yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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Holiday Sundays & public holidays
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.

[029-01]Atelier visit & sanadahimo accessory workshop (brooch for glasses) 詳細表示

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Learn about traditional sanadahimo cords from the 15th-generation master craftsman, who was a special adviser to “Sanada Maru” historical drama series on NHK TV

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~10 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
2,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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[029-02]Atelier visit & sanadahimo accessory workshop (bracelet) 詳細表示

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Learn about traditional sanadahimo cords from the 15th-generation master craftsman, who was a special adviser to “Sanada Maru” historical drama series on NHK TV

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~10 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
3,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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[029-03]Atelier visit & sanadahimo accessory workshop (strap) 詳細表示

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Learn about traditional sanadahimo cords from the 15th-generation master craftsman, who was a special adviser to “Sanada Maru” historical drama series on NHK TV

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~10 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
2,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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[029-04]Atelier visit & sanadahimo accessory workshop (strap with incense inside) 詳細表示

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Learn about traditional sanadahimo cords from the 15th-generation master craftsman, who was a special adviser to “Sanada Maru” historical drama series on NHK TV

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 2~10 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
3,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Holiday Every 2nd and 3rd Saturday, Sundays & piblic holidays
Business hours 10:00~17:00
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● Exquisite delicacy of hand-painted yuzen
Tegaki-yuzen, or hand-painted yuzen, is one of numerous Kyoto yuzen dyeing techniques which consists of applying colours with a brush on white fabric. Due to its exceptional craftsmanship, people sometimes praise it as a wearable art. The entire kimono making process is separated into 20 different stages, and each stage is carried out by a different craftsman. Sensho Ichikawa mainly plays the role of a supervisor who organizes all the elaborate processes involved in kimono creation, from the pattern and colour design to the last finishing touch. The company is committed to hand down its expertise to future generations.

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You won't want to miss the chance to watch a demonstration of yuzen dyeing and learn more about this craft in the atelier of Sensho Ichikawa, the kimono maker mastering all 20 stages of kimono making process!

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 1~8 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
1,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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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.

[004-01]Atelier visit & fan making experience 詳細表示

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Let's make an original Kyoto round fan from handmade Japanese washi paper!

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 3~8 people
English OKCredit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
2,500yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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Holiday Thursdays & every 2nd Wednesday of the month
Business hours 10:00~17:00
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● Kyoto braided cords: indispensable supporting actors of Japanese culture
Kyo-kumihimo, or Kyoto braided cords, combine both ornamental and practical use and are widely used in kimono clothing, tea utensils, Buddhist ritual implements and other elements of Japanese culture. During the long history of this craft, as many as 3,500 ways of braiding were developed for a broad range of applications. Yarn dyeing, braiding, knotting and other production processes are usually completed by division of labour, but Showen Kumihimo is one of the rare braided cord makers to deal with all these operations. Along with mastering traditional handmade techniques, the studio has also the ability to mass-produce high-quality kumihimo on a braiding machine in order to respond to the increasing demand from fashion and interior design industries.

[007-01]Atelier visit & braided cord making experience 詳細表示

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Reservation deadline: 1week before
Number of participants: 1~10 people
Price:
2,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Holiday Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~18:00
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● The inherited techniques of Kyoto-style pottery
Shunzan-gama is a third-generation pottery maker located in Sennyu-ji temple area which has long been abundant in kilns. The studio has inherited the distinguishing style of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743), a potter active in the middle of the Edo period. The works of Shunzan-gama are well known for their characteristic flower designs completely covering the surface which still preserves the tenderness of soft clay. The studio creates the earthenware adapted to the modern lifestyle, mastering the colorful painting and openwork carving techniques of Kyoto-style pottery cultivated through its 100-year-old history.

[016-01]Atelier visit & pottery painting experience 詳細表示

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Create whatever motif you like to make an original piece of Kiyomizu-yaki pottery.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~6 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
2,000yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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[016-02]Atelier visit & tea bowl making experience 詳細表示

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Let's shape the memory of your journey by having fun with clay.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~6 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
4,700yen
Time Required:
2.5 hours
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Holiday Irregular holidays
Business hours 10:00~17:00
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● Nishijin Tsuzure-ori: delicate painting-like brocade weaving
Have you ever heard of Kyoto nail-scratching tapestry weaving technique? Artisan sharpens his fingernails into a saw-tooth shape and uses them like a comb to create a relief brocade pattern. This technique is very advanced and time consuming — even the most skillful and experienced craftsman spends the whole day to weave only a few centimeters of textile. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to learn from the master craftsman Kikuo Hirano about Tsuzure-ori weaving and get some insights into the art of color arrangement.

[011-01]Atelier visit 詳細表示

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Become a fan of Tsuzure-ori tapestry weaving by meeting and talking to Kikuo Hirano, the distinguished expert in his field decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure Award!

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~10 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
800yen
Time Required:
0.75 hour
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[011-02]Atelier visit & thread winding experience 詳細表示

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Become a fan of Tsuzure-ori tapestry weaving by meeting and talking to Kikuo Hirano, the distinguished expert in his field decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure Award!

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~6 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
3,500yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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[011-03]Atelier visit & loom weaving experience 詳細表示

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Become a fan of Tsuzure-ori tapestry weaving by meeting and talking to Kikuo Hirano, the distinguished expert in his field decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure Award!

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~2 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
6,500yen
Time Required:
3 hours
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Wonderful resourxe Translate

2017/04/10

What a great resource to connect travelers w local artisans!

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[011-04]Atelier visit & loom weaving experience (lampshade) 詳細表示

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Become a fan of Tsuzure-ori tapestry weaving by meeting and talking to Kikuo Hirano, the distinguished expert in his field decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure Award!

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~2 people
In case of 4 participants, please contact us.
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
7,000yen
Time Required:
3 hours
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Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~18:00
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Fushimi-ningyo, the pioneer of Japanese clay dolls
Fushimi dolls that have seen their golden age in the second half of Edo period (1603-1868) are said to be ancestors to all the varieties of clay dolls in Japan. Painted in brilliant colours and sometimes with humorous facial expressions, Fushimi ningyo reflect the styles and customs of ancient Japan. There used to be numerous kilns around Fushimi to produce these dolls and to sell them along the access road to the great Fushimi Shrine, but today only Tanka (established around 1750) continues the doll production at its original location. Production stages vary according to the season : spring and summer are dedicated to molding and firing, autumn and winter to colouring.

[033-01]Atelier visit (with Haori kitsune doll offered as a gift) 詳細表示

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Fushimi dolls are said to be the ancestors of all the varieties of clay dolls in Japan. Feel the atmosphere of the only shop that continues the doll production.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 1~8 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
3,000yen
Time Required:
0.5 hour
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[033-02]Atelier visit & Fushimi doll colouring experience (From mid-January to the beginning of April) 詳細表示

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Fushimi dolls are said to be the ancestors of all the varieties of clay dolls in Japan. Feel the atmosphere of the only shop that continues the doll production.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 1~8 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
5,000yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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[033-03]Atelier visit & Fushimi doll molding experience (From mid-April to August) 詳細表示

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Fushimi dolls are said to be the ancestors of all the varieties of clay dolls in Japan. Feel the atmosphere of the only shop that continues the doll production.

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Reservation deadline: 1day before
Number of participants: 1~8 people
Previous-day reservation OK
Price:
5,000yen
Time Required:
1.5 hour
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Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 10:00~17:00
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● The supervisor of fine yuzen kimono making

Kyo-tegaki-yuzen dyeing is produced by thoroughly fragmented division of labour and involves up to 15 various processes. Tomihiro Senko is mastering all these sophisticated processes to create high-quality order-made products. The atelier is excelling in a special technique which consists of using a paintbrush instead of a writing brush for the deepest penetration of dyes into the fabric. Tomihiro Senko is an experienced supervisor of all the kimono-making processes and provides fine goods for the Imperial household. Familiar with the traditional patterns and designs, the atelier is also known for the production of elegant miscellaneous Japanese-style textile goods.

[022-01]Atelier visit & pure silk fukusa making workshop (shipped at a later date) 詳細表示

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Let's make an original pure silk fukusa (small cloth for wiping tea utensils) using real Kyo-yuzen dyeing techniques.

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Reservation deadline: 1week before
Number of participants: 1~3 people
Credit card OK
Price:
6,480yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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[022-02]Atelier visit & hand-painted yuzen initiation workshop (with yuzen-dyed souvnir included) 詳細表示

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How about trying your hand at hand-painted yuzen using real Kyo-yuzen dyeing techniques? Recommended for those who wish to have just a short hands-on experience. ※You can't bring back your artwork to your home.

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Reservation deadline: 1week before
Number of participants: 4~10 people
Credit card OK
Price:
4,860yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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Holiday Sundays
Business hours 10:00~18:00
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● Still flourishing phantom dyeing technique

Tsujigahana was in fashion in Azuchi-Momoyama period (1558-1600), when it was a term designating a gorgeous kimono. Nowadays, it’s called a “phantom dyeing technique” because of its very little documented origins. ESHIBORIAN is an atelier where Fukumura Hirotoshi and his son Takeshi are reviving tsujigahana dyeing techniques. Shibori-zome, or tie-dyeing performed by sewing, binding and clamping fabric before immersing it into dye liquor, is complemented by other decorative techniques, such as hand painting, to create picturesque bright-coloured patterns. This precious traditional craft is maintained in the northern part of Kyoto blessed with high-quality underground water.

[021-01]Atelier visit (with 1 tie-dyed handkerchief offered) 詳細表示

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Enjoy your visit to the atelier of tsujigahana, or “phantom dyeing technique”, located in a place full of nature at the foot of Mt. Hiei.

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Reservation deadline: 2days before
Number of participants: 1~8 people
Price:
1,350yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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[021-02]Atelier visit & sekka shibori obiage making workshop (shipped at a later date) 詳細表示

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How about making a unique obiage using itajime shibori technique at an atelier located in a place full of nature at the foot of Mt. Hiei?

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Reservation deadline: 2days before
Number of participants: 1~6 people
Price:
10,800yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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[021-03]Atelier visit & tsujigahana obiage making workshop (shipped at a later date) 詳細表示

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How about making a unique obiage using tsujigahana techniques at an atelier located in a place full of nature at the foot of Mt. Hiei?

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Reservation deadline: 2days before
Number of participants: 1~6 people
Price:
16,200yen
Time Required:
4 hours
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[021-04]Atelier visit & tsujigahana furoshiki making workshop (you can take the furoshiki with you on the same day) 詳細表示

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How about making a unique furoshiki using tsujigahana technique at an atelier located in a place full of nature at the foot of Mt. Hiei?

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Reservation deadline: 2days before
Number of participants: 1~6 people
Price:
7,560yen
Time Required:
3 hours
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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.

[002-01]Atelier visit & Tea ceremony experience 詳細表示

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Observe the different steps of creating a piece of Japanese lacquerware, from the wooden base making to the actual lacquering and maki-e decoration.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 1~5 people
Same-day reservation OK
Price:
1,500yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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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.

[003-01]Atelier visit + small gift 詳細表示

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Don't miss the sight of a small teapot taking shape in the artisan's skillful hands.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 1~35 people
Credit card OKSame-day reservation OK
Price:
1,500yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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2017/03/14

It is the second time I was visiting Kyoto and the participation in the atelier organised by Kyoto Artisans Co...

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Holiday Mondays
Business hours 10:00~16:00
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● Feel the history of Nishijin brocades in an old Kyoto machiya
Established in 1906, Watabun is a long-standing shop specializing in Nishijin silk brocades. From yarn dyeing and warping to weaving gorgeous obi sashes by hand and Noh costume restoration, the establishment protects the original Nishijin-ori techniques by maintaining the traditional system of division of labour. Watabun is situated in Daikoku-cho district, the heart of Nishijin textile industry with numerous weaving companies standing side by side. Orinasukan, a textile museum adjoining the workshop, has an architectural style characteristic of Nishijin weavers’ houses. Watabun and its neighbourhood with traditional Kyoto merchant houses and stone paving is a perfect place to feel the history of old Kyoto.

[030-01]Atelier visit (with a souvenir included) 詳細表示

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Enjoy your visit to a long-established Nishijin brocade shop with a more than 100-year history.

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Reservation deadline: 2days before
Number of participants: 3~15 people
Credit card OK
Price:
1,000yen
Time Required:
0.75 hour
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[030-02]Silk brocade weaving workshop (with a souvenir included) 詳細表示

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Enjoy your visit to a long-established Nishijin brocade shop with a more than 100-year history.

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Reservation deadline: 1week before
Number of participants: 3~5 people
Credit card OK
Price:
10,000yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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