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Learn the intricate arts of Japan during a small-group origami class or calligraphy lesson, taught by an instructor inside an authentic Kyoto home during a 1- or 1.5-hour lesson. Choose between a calligraphy session, involving the methodical practice of applying brush to paper, or try your hand at origami, the delicate skill of paper folding. You can also upgrade your origami session with an optional dress-up in a traditional kimono. No matter your choice, you’ll receive personal attention during this small-group lesson, limited to just 7 participants.

Highlights

  • 1- to 2-hour Japanese cultural experience in Kyoto
  • Learn to write Japanese calligraphy with brushstrokes and ink (if option selected)
  • Practice the art of origami and fold paper into small sculptures (if option selected)
  • Dress in a gorgeous kimono and wear it during your origami lesson (if option selected)
  • Small-group tour limited to 7 ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Kyoto Small-Group Cultural Experience: Calligraphy or Origami Class

Kyoto Small-Group Culture Experience: Calligraphy or Origami Class with Optional Kimono Wearing

Apply yourself to the traditional artisan practices of Japan as you enjoy a 1 to 1.5-hour lesson learning origami or calligraphy from a local expert. Along the way you’ll discover the delicate beauty and supreme concentration fostered by these two elegant Japanese traditions.

Pick your preferred class time and skill from the list of options, proceeding to the machiya (traditional wooden townhouse), located just 5 minutes from the Kyoto Imperial Palace. These iconic houses, utilizing a characteristic building style of this ancient Japanese city, offer the perfect environment for your lesson. Upon your arrival you’ll meet your English-speaking guide and instructor who will oversee your lesson.

After observing a demonstration by your instructor, spend a few moments working to test and perfect your own origami/calligraphy technique. As you work to improve your skill, receive helpful tips from your instructor and translator along the way.

For those that select the kimono-dressing experience, you’ll have the opportunity continue wearing your ensemble as you fold more origami.

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Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

An easy to find location, around the corner from the National Museum.Thoroughly enjoyed this calligraphy lesson with Yoshei. I have a martial arts background so I can appreciate the spirit and process of this traditional calligraphy. Yoshei was a very genuine practitioner of the art, and was very encouraging and supportive while you were made aware of the disciplines of the tradition. Yoshei made sure you'd have something to take home it can cost for retail calligraphy. It felt a bit rushed, I could have comfortably spent 1.5 hrs instead of 1hr and paid a bit extra for this unique experience. Really nice teacher and experience!

Alexander F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

a great experience! We had a blast and got to experience Japanese culture.They were friendly, helpful and charming. Highly recommended.

Jeff R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was so much fun and a great experience for all ages. The ladies could not have been nicer or more engaging. And relaxing after long day of travel.

Kylie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent introduction to the art of calligraphy. Smart, informative teacher and easy-to-find location. A small taste with a lovely art piece to keep at the end.

June D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Meiko was our instructor and she was brilliant! She guided us through the steps needed to write Japanese characters, including signing our work with our own names in Japanese, and we got to take away our work as keepsakes. It was great fun, very interesting to see how to do it properly, and Meiko's encouragement along the way made it most enjoyable! Would do it all over again for sure.

Megan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Was able to make four items. Very fun!

Eva P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Great experience! I chose calligraphy lesson. My sensei Tomoko was very encouraging and taught me a lot about shodo. Thank you so very much.

Pauline G United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Booked this class for my husband, teenage son and self. Very enjoyable time was had by all of us. We complete three origami shapes which got progressively more difficult. We had a lot of fun and would happily do this class again.

Evie Lane P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This class was awesome! It was really fun to have our own personal origami instructor. A nice skill to learn that you can do at home.

Tracy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Brilliant. The WAK, Womens Association of Kyoto were outstanding. My girls and I loved being dressed in kimonos and learning origami. Great afternoon, brilliant. Highly recommend. They were so gracious, excellent English, beautiful women

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