Be a one-day artisan—Traditional craft experiences

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Be a one-day artisan—Traditional craft experiences

Tokyo has 41 metropolis-designated traditional crafts, which are made with skills, techniques, and material born and sustained in Tokyo through many years. A large part of the creative process involves handwork by artisans.
To spread knowledge about these traditional crafts that date back to the Edo period, many artisans hold workshops in their own studios. These masters demand undivided attention even from their one-day guests who seek a quick taste of the craft. Why not take on the challenge and make a handicraft long loved in Tokyo?  

EDO KIRIKO - cut glass - (Sumida Edo Kiriko-kan)

Edo Kiriko cut glass (Sumida Edo Kiriko-kan) The geometric patterns of Edo Kiriko cut glass are a thing of beauty. Guests of the workshop engrave these attractive traditional patterns on glass in a color of their choice.

Address

2-10-9 Taihei, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Access

6-min. walk from JR / Tokyo Metro Kinshicho Station

Charges

4,320yen (including material and tax * Charges vary by material)

Time

90 minutes (10:30–, 13:00–, 15:00–)

Reservations

required

Languages

Japanese, English

Inquiries

03-3623-4148

URL

http://www.edokiriko.net/school/( External link )  (Japanese)

WASHI - handmade paper - (Ozu Washi)

WASHI - handmade paper - (Ozu Washi)

The allure of washi lies in its distinctive handmade texture. Guests are guaranteed to be impressed with the fruit of their own handwork.

Address

OzuHonkan Bldg., 3-6-2 Nihombashihoncho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Access

Short walk from JR Shin-Nihombashi Station Exit 5; 5-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Kodemmacho Station Exit 3; 8-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Mitsukoshimae Station

Charges

500 yen per sheet (tax included)

Time

Approx. 60 minutes

Reservations

Accepted from 1 person (reservations will be given priority). *Please inquire for details.

Languages

Japanese

Inquiries

03-3662-1184

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/chuo/spot/130422_04.html

EDO SARASA - cotton dyeing - (Some-no-Sato Futaba-en)

Guests of the workshop use the pattern dyeing technique to dye an authentic Edo sarasa cotton centerpiece.

Edo sarasa cotton dyeing (Some-no-Sato Futaba-en)

Address

2-3-6 Kamiochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Access

4-min. walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line Nakai Station; 4-min. walk from Toei Subway Nakai Station Exit A2

Charges

2,500 yen (including tax)

Time

Approx. 60 minutes (14:00–)

Closing days

Sundays and Mondays

Reservations

required

Inquiries

03-3368-8133

URL

http://www.futaba-en.jp/eng/index.html ( External link )  (English)

EDO FURIN - wind bell crafting (Shinohara Maruyoshi Furin)

Guests of the workshop paint the inside of glass wind bells formed at the studio. They may also opt to participate in glassblowing and form their own furin.
Edo furin wind bell crafting (Shinohara Maruyoshi Furin)

Address

4-25-10 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access

Short walk from Toei Subway Shin-okachimachi Station Exit A2

Charges

Painting only 1,200 yen / Glassblowing and painting 1,700 yen (including material and tax)
* Glassblowing workshop open only mid-September–November 30

Time

Painting only 30–60 minutes / Glassblowing and painting approx. 80 minutes

Languages

Japanese, English
* Workshop contents explained beforehand upon request

Inquiries

03-3832-0227

URL

http://www.sam.hi-ho.ne.jp/maruyosi/( External link )  (Japanese)

Others

 Tokyo shippo cloisonné enamel (Sakamori Shippo Kogei-ten)

Guests of the workshop decorate pendants, straps, and spoons in original designs using the shippo cloisonné technique.
http://sakamori-shippo.com/freepage_31_1.html( External link )  (Japanese)

Hand-painted Edo chochin lanterns (Oshimaya-Onda)

Guests observe an artisan at work up close while painting their own motifs on Edo chochin lanterns using a brush and ink.
http://www.chochin-ya.com/english/english.html( External link )  (English)
 

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