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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
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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)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.00
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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.
  • Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
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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. 
  • Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 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?
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Ikebana Workshop in a 200 Year Old Ryokan

You'll get a hands-on introduction to Japanese flower arranging, using seasonal branches and flowers to create beautiful compositions, as well as an overview of the materials/tools necessary for ikebana.To start, I'll serve you green tea and a sweet while we chat about the history of ikebana (originating 500 years ago right here in Kyoto!) and its evolution into a contemporary art form. Then you'll have the chance to try a classical composition, emphasizing season, lines, space, and form. Finally, let your creativity run wild and use the same floral materials to create your own freestyle arrangement. We'll include dedicated time for photos so you can capture your finished arrangements.Workshops are held on the 1st floor of historic Kinse Ryokan, which dates back approximately 250 years and was first constructed when the neighborhood was an active geisha district.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Japanese Harp (Koto) Class in the center of Kyoto

Back to nearly 1300 years ago, Nara-era, Chinese Koto and Japanese Koto which seemed to be made in Yayoi-era were combined and gradually refined by people who loved music. As time goes on, more and more people had got attracted by Koto because of the “Shirabe” which healed and silently encouraged people’s hearts. Nowadays, we’re going through busy days surrounded by so many objects. Listening to the sound of Koto makes our bodies and hearts remind of old memories. There are two styles of playing the koto. One is the Ikuta style, which uses square-edged picks, and the other style is the Yamada style, which uses round-edged picks. Taking classes in koto playing will be especially interesting for people who have experience in playing string instruments, but beginners will also most surely enjoy taking lessons at a koto schools in Japan. We highly recommend trying it!
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Kyoto Zen Garden, Zen Mind

“When a garden is used as a place to pause for thought, that is when a Zen garden comes to life. When you contemplate a garden like this it will form a lasting impression on your heart.” — Muso Soseki, 13th c. Zen master The Japanese garden defies quick and easy understanding. As we move in awe through one of these masterpieces we can feel that there is something deeper than just the physical beauty that surrounds us. This experience is designed to go to the heart of that "something deeper". While occupying 3 temples of the Nanzen-ji Monastery, you will hear in-depth explanations and insights into the world of Japanese gardens that you would never learn about otherwise. The Japanese garden will be revealed to you as an expression of profound art.As you will undoubtly visit at least several temples and gardens while you are here, this experience will equip you with all the tools you need to help make your experience in Kyoto one that will form a lasting impression on your heart.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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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).
  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours
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Sharpen Japanese Knives in Osaka

The city we'll visit is called "knife city Sakai," known for its knives from about 450 years ago, and still their skills are alive and improving. However, not many people don't know about how the professionals work for one knife together and their history. Even sharpening knives are not familiar with people. We'd like to share the wonderful Sakai knives with you, and how to sharpen them. Let us make your trip to Japan a bit more interesting and fascinating.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kyoto Buddhist Experience & Hidden Concert

JT-Shu temple "Tensho-ji" and make a small tour under the guidance of the chief priest.Then, specially go inside the main hall that is not open to the public.Regardless of religion, let's pray for peace. That's a Kyoto's unique custom.After that, a special live by shamisen & guitar professional duo; Yamaoka Yoichi.They play Japanese classic, rock and pop ... Sitting on tatami and relax, enjoy the power full performance in the solemn atmosphereThis live and experience is exclusive and rare opportunity.Everything will be a valuable experience during your Kyoto stay. Photo OK!"Tensho-ji" is normally not open to the public, so not be crowded.*** YAMAOKA YOICHI ***A duo by two professional musicians: REACH YAMAUCHI and YO TOMIOKADonation for musicians is appreciated. Thank you!
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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