Take a deep dive into the world of handmade, bespoke, products during this 2-hour lesson in ‘watoji,’ the art of traditional book-binding. This beautiful, artisanal, craft-making practice offers unique insight into the Japanese commitment to craftsmanship and aesthetic beauty.
Begin your lesson in the afternoon as you meet at the craft salon where you will meet your licensed craftsman teacher. Get an introduction to the centuries-old practice of ‘watoji’ and learn how the practice has been passed down through by many generations of Japanese practitioners.
During your class you’ll try your hand making your own notebook, using tips from your instructor and provided string, glue and bodkin (a thick needle) to design your own masterpiece. You’ll sew together sheets of ‘washi,’ a special environmentally-friendly traditional craft paper made using native Japanese materials. The special stitching patterns used in ‘watoji’ book-binding can only be completed by hand, so rest assured that your hand-made treasure will be a one-of-a-kind creation.
At the end of your session you’ll have created a personalized souvenir of your wonderful class, along with a growing admiration for Japan’s fascinating commitment to all things handmade.