Traditional Crafts

Below you’ll find a variety of activities and experiences related to the arts or local crafts.

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Gold Leaf Atelier Visit

Gold-leaf is made by beating gold into an extremely thin sheet with a thickness of 0.1 to 0.125 millionths of a meter. It is so thin that it will disappear when you rub it with your fingers. The production of gold leaf started in Kanazawa at the end of the 16th century. The Maeda family,…

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Gyotaku Fish Printing

Learn the art of gyotaku fish printing with an expert! Before the advent of photography, in the mid 19th century, when fishermen sought to have proof of their catches, lest others just smile at their tall tales, they would coat one side of the fish they’d caught with ink and then cover it with rice-straw…

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Ikebana

Ikebana, meaning “living flowers”, is sometimes referred to as kado, or “the way of flowers”. Ikebana masters create symbolic works from cut flowers, branches, grasses, and other natural and sometimes synthetic materials. This traditional Japanese style of flower arranging is simple and striking, and follows the uncluttered aesthetic associated with all Japanese arts. Along with…

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Manga Drawing Classes

Japanese comics of all genres, known as manga, are popular around the world. The art styles are gaining more and more attention and many people are creating their own manga. If you wish to try your hand at drawing manga or improve your technique, a manga drawing class at Nakano Manga School is perfect for…

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Origami Making

Origami is the traditional art of folding paper. Square sheets of paper can be folded into a wide variety of shapes, without the use of a scissors. Some of these shapes, such as the crane, box and ship, are well known and the art or origami is practiced around the world. With a home visit…

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Pottery Class

Experience traditional Japanese pottery making classes in Tokyo, Kyoto, Bizen and several other locations. What you make is usually up to you but you can try your hand at sake cups, bowls, chopstick rests or whatever takes your fancy. In Kyoto, learn the difference between Kyo-yaki and Kiyomizu-yaki. Works created by highly skilled potters and…

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