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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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Kabuki

If comparisons between east and west can be made, kabuki is Japan’s opera. Dramatic storylines featuring sword-fights, ghosts, and love affairs are brought to life by gorgeously clothed performers speaking in hypnotically sing-song voices. Though it is said that kabuki was invented by a woman, and was traditionally performed by both sexes, men’s only kabuki…

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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…

Type: arts  |  Category: Kyoto  |  Tags: , ,

The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

The “Nihon mingei kan” or the Folk Crafts Museum was founded by the leading Folk Crafts’ activist Muneyoshi Yanagi in 1936. “Mingei” literally means Folk Arts in Japanese. The museum was established by Yanagi in order to collect and preserve beautifully crafted objects by unknown artists or talented folk craft from all over Japan. The…

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