Try your hand at ‘Ukiyo-e,’ the traditional Japanese art of woodblock printing, during this family-friendly class in Asakusa. Follow the lead of an English-speaking woodblock master as you learn the skills and techniques of this art form dating to Japan’s Edo period in a studio with decades of printmaking experience. Leave your session with new knowledge, plus a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Take a class on 'Ukiyo-e,' Japan's traditional woodblock print art
Learn from the best at a shop with decades of woodblock printmaking experience
Get an introduction to the history of this famous art form, which dates to Japan's Edo period (1603-1868)
Leave class with a one-of-a-kind souvenir woodblock print
Trip pricing varies depending on number of participants
Head to the woodblock studio in Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood for your session, picking between a range of morning and afternoon start times. Over the course of your class, learn the skills of ‘Ukiyo-e,’ a traditional woodblock print style that dates to Japan’s Edo era (1603-1868).
During your lesson, follow the lead of the studio’s helpful instructors as they explain the intricacies of creating your own woodblock print masterpiece. Prepare a carved woodblock with a series of water-based pigments and brushes, applying your selections to a moistened paper.
As you work on your personal masterpiece, make sure to also take a look at the projects currently underway by the shop’s professional woodblock print master, and admire the prints on display in the shop’s exhibition space. Leave class with a one-of-a-kind woodblock artwork commemorating your experience.
Mokuhankan - Japanese woodblock prints and more
Make your own woodblock print in a one-hour session in Asakusa workshop!
This facility has decades of experience at coaching people through the process of making a woodblock print. Their system is not 'Print- making for Dummies', but the method they have created gives excellent results, even for people without previous experience. Come as you are (shop aprons are provided) and because traditional woodblock printmaking uses no dangerous chemicals or fumes, it's completely safe your kids can also join the party (school age and up, please...) It's great fun watching the colors build up one-by-one as your finished print comes to life!
The Incredible 'labour of love' in Japanese Woodblock printing
, Sep 2019
Ukiyo-e is Japanese for picture[s] of the floating world.
For my first visit to Tokyo, I wanted to experience the traditional crafts and arts that mostly represent Japanese traditions. And I'm glad I picked Ukiyo-e!
I refer to it as a labour of love because of the incredible extent of dedication, passion and patience required to engage in this activity. The studio is located in the heart of Asakusa: the buzzing district in Tokyo where the Senso-ji temple is, surrounded by pretty much everything you need to know about Japanese tradition.
The process of printing one single sheet (A4 paper in my case) takes you through several woodblocks, each representing a 'layer' of the painting. The instructor carefully guided me through all the stages, while explaining the historical and artistic background related to the painting.
I was really proud of myself and went home with this astonishing print of 'The great wave off Kanagawa' .
This is a great experience and a true deep dive into one of Japan's most traditional art-forms. I would recommend it to anyone who is visiting Tokyo, who are keen to have a proper hands-on approach to Ukiyo-e.
I went with my 14 yo daughter who likes all sort of art. We enjoyed it very much and David, the artist/owner is such a nice person as is his assistant. You can spend then a couple of hours discovering the veri interesting area around the studio.