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Calligraphy and Make your own Kanji T-shirt in Kyoto

You can get your own Kanji t-shirt in 2 hours. You will have 3 kinds of FUN!1. Fun of Learning, 2. Fun of Making,3. Fun of Wearing1st Fun is learning about Japanese calligraphy. You will learn about Kanji history and Japanese calligraphy tools. We practice how to make black ink, how to use a brush, how to write basic lines.Then, practice the kanji you chose. You can choose specific kanji you want to write, or just tell me the images you want to write in English, or you can find it from our Kanji List.We tell you the tips for writing the kanji.2nd Fun is making your own t-shirt.First, we make a silkscreen to print the ink to a t-shirt.Next, choose the color of t-shirt and the color of ink.Then, print the ink to the t-shirt through the silkscreen.Finally, press the t-shirt with heat by a machine so that the ink will not disappear.3rd Fun is wearing your own Kanji t-shirt.Please wear your own t-shirt with the Kanji you actually wrote.It is the one and only t-shirt.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Kyoto Zen Garden, Zen Mind

This is a perfect pick for nature lovers, and those interested in Japanese spirituality. Put away the guidebook and follow the lead of a landscape designer with over 15 years’ experience. It’s a great way to discover secret local spots that you wouldn’t discover otherwise, and to understand more about the meaning behind zen gardens.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Chopstick Making Workshop in Kyoto

Many people have eaten with chopsticks, but very few people can claim to have made their own. During this unique, fun-filled crafts workshop, you’ll learn how to whittle Japanese utensils from local soot bamboo. Get hands-on instruction while you participate in a time-honored tradition, passed down from generations. You’ll learn about the importance of bamboo to Kyoto crafts, and will even get to take home your new creation.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

Discover the art of ‘shibori’ during this 30 to 60-minute scarf-making class in Kyoto. Learn about Japanese culture from your knowledgable guide and become versed in one of the country’s many art forms. Use traditional tools and fabrics to make your scarf, then take this memorable handmade souvenir home with you to show your friends and family.
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  • 30 to 60 minutes
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  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

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Japanese Calligraphy Private Class in the center of Kyoto

As for Japanese words or a phrase for your writing on this occasion, we have a lot of kinds in kanji character in advance for your reference so that you may choose anyone from them that you want to have a try to!Of course,you can take it away your own calligraphy to your home in arranged and covered with beautiful Japanese traditional paper!If you already have your favorite words in mind that you wish to do with, you can also have a chance for it. (*Please contact us before you get to our place)
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Kasamaki and Nuishime Shibori Wrapping Cloth Class

Steep yourself in the arts of kasamaki and nuishime shibori during this 60- to 90-minute cloth-wrapping class in Kyoto. Try your hand at this intriguing Japanese art, with the help of an expert local craftsman. Learn tricks to do these techniques at home and bring a memento home with you. You’ll also get to see many prime samples of classic kasamaki and nuishime shibori dyeing displayed and in the museum shop. 
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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Ikebana (Japanese traditional flower arrangement) class in the center of Kyoto

The art of flower arranging[Ikebana]has began about 1400 years ago with the beginning of Buddhism in Japan.People wishing to honor Buddha with gifts of flowers wanted them arranged artistically.The first style was the Rikka style. These arrangements were formal and difficult to compose.Buddhist priests used an even simpler style, and Kado, the study of flower arranging, became more popular than ever.Harmony is the goal of the art of flower arranging, and the basis for arrangements is the triad of Heaven-Earth-Human.Don’t you try to make your own beautiful flower arrangement with Kado master?
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Ikebana Workshop in a 200 Year Old Ryokan

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and escape the rush of Kyoto with this relaxing, hands-on flower arranging class, held in the historic Kinse Ryokan building. During the class, learn about the history of ikebana from your professional ikebana instructor guide and with the group capped at a maximum of four people, you’re guaranteed personalized attention throughout.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Workshop in Kyoto (optional Wheel Throwing)

Kiyomiuzu-yaki (Kiyomizu-ware) is one of great traditional crafts in Kyoto. Kiyomizu-yaki has developed from the Japanese tea ceremony and has supported Kyoto's tradition in various ways. This program allows you to observe Kiyomizu-yaki making process by master craftsmen.You'll visit a pottery workshop located in Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi in Kyoto's Yamashina area, a region known for its Kiyomizu-yaki and Kyo-yaki ceramics.This house is well known for its kiln as it has extraordinary earthenware’s color which deepens over time.Their ceramics are acknowledged and beloved around the world. You'll be guided carefully by one of pottery masters.Have fun while being guided whole process at one of the foremost producer of Kiyomizu-yaki. After the visit, you'll have a chance to see many beautiful Kiyomizuyaki wares and you can enjoy shopping.If you wish, you can try wheel throwing after having detailed explanations from the master (different price).
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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2-Day secret journeys to a hidden valley of arts and pottery from Kyoto(Private)

Would you like to experience something different? Visiting Miho Museum, an hour away from Kyoto by train and bus, is a completely off-the-beaten experience. You will learn pottery making in a ceramic atelier with a guesthouse located in the cozy forest garden of Shigaraki pottery village.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation

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Private Tour - A Tour to Visit Rare Specialized Art Museums Unique to Kyoto

Kyoto is the center of Japanese culture and it used to have many craftsmen. To inherit these techniques and let the world know about these techniques, Kyoto has many specialized art museums. You will visit not so famous but worth visiting spots among those museums on this tour such as an art museum specializing in a special tea kettle essential to the Japanese traditional tea ceremony, one specializing in “Netuske”, a sort of a strap people use when wearing a kimono, one exhibiting work of art made from Japanese dying technique, one specializing in ukiyo-e picture, and so on! Don’t forget to book your tour to appreciate the art and technique of craftsmen, with your otomo guide!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private Tour - Have You Ever Tried? Experience the Skill to Make a Kimono.

There are still many kimono shops in Kyoto and high-quality kimonos are made there. There are a lot of kimono related shops in a small area in Kyoto because kimono consists of many parts such as cloth, kimono ties, and accessories. You will visit facilities where you can make a kimono cloth yourself on this tour! There are much more techniques in making a cloth than you think like dying. You can experience such techniques originated in Kyoto at specialized shops! Choose your favorite shape, color, and pattern and make your own one of a kind cloth! Don’t forget to book your tour to make your own kimono cloth, with your otomo guide!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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