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Wadaiko drumming (Taiko-Lab Aoyama)

A lesson in wadaiko offers the chance to perform the traditional Japanese drum. Work up a sweat and feel refreshed after an energetic percussion session.

Address

Concept Aoyama B1, 3-1-30 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access

Approx. 4-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Gaiemmae Station

Charges

5,000 yen (including tax) * Performance by instructors available on request * Charges may vary by the number of participants

reservations

Reservations required for groups of six or more

Time

60 minutes

Languages

Japanese, English (only when an English-speaking instructor is available)

Inquiries

0120-979-447

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/shibuya/spot/130422.html(English)

Bonsai miniature landscaping (Shunkaen Bonsai Museum)

The world of bonsai enshrines the grandeur of nature in a miniscule pot. Guests are welcome to take home the miniature tree they have used in class.

Address

1-29-16 Niihori, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo

Access

Take the bus from JR Koiwa Station / Toei Subway Mizue Station, and get off at the Keiyoguchi stop (short walk)

Charges

3,000 yen (including miniature tree, materials, and tax) *Separate admission fee of 800 yen required

Period

Tuesday–Sunday (excluding holidays) 10:00– / 15:00–

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese

reservations

Reservations required ※Students may bring their own miniature tree

Inquiries

03-3670-8622

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/edogawa/spot/130422.html(English)

Tokyo handkerchief-dyeing (Tenukuri Kobo)

Tenukuri Kobo invites all participants of a session to dye one roll of cotton cloth, which makes about 10 or 11 tenugui handkerchiefs. After watching a DVD, experience the process of stenciling, dyeing the cloth using multiple colors, washing the cloth, and rolling it.

Address

Tenukuri Kobo, Tokyo Wazarashi Sozokan 1F, 4-14-9 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo

Access

Approx. 8-min. walk from Keisei Electric Railway Tateishi Station

Charges

Tenugui handkerchief-dyeing short course: 4,000 yen (including tax)

Start/end time

Wednesday / Thursday / Friday, morning class: 10:00–12:00 / afternoon class: 14:00–16:00

reservations

Reservations required at least 3 business days in advance / Capacity per session: 6 (minimum 2)

Languages

Japanese; English with reservations

Inquiries

03-3693-3335

URL

http://souzou-kan.info/koubou/( External link )(Japanese)

Japanese paper-making (Ozu Washi)

Ozu Washi offers classes in using traditional techniques to make beautiful, uniquely Japanese washi paper. The experience provides deep insight into how paper is made.

Address

3-6-2 Nihombashi Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Access

Short walk from JR Shin-Nihombashi Station

Time

Approx. 60 minutes

reservations

Required * Inquire for groups of five or more

Languages

Japanese

Inquiries

03-3662-1184

URL

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

Maiko and geisha makeover (Cocomo)

Cocomo assigns one makeup artist per guest and offers the experience of a full makeover into a maiko dancer or samurai warrior. Courses that include a photo shoot and even a stroll in the city are available.

Address

2F, 1-29-8 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access

2-min. walk from Tobu Railway Asakusa Station

Charges

Studio course: 9,800 yen– (including one 2L size photos and excluding tax)

Time

60-90 minutes

reservations

Required (form available on website)

Languages

Japanese,English

Inquiries

03-3847-0763

URL

http://www.cocomo.tokyo/english.html( External link )(English)

Kimono-dressing (Shinnichiya)

Shinnichiya includes all items necessary in the rental fee, so simply show up empty-handed. Have a professional dress you in a kimono gown and enjoy a stroll in the city.

Address

Kyorakutei, Coredo Muromachi 3F, 1-5-5 Nihombashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Access

Linked directly from Tokyo Metro Mitsukoshimae Station / JR Shin-Nihombashi Station

Charges

5,500 yen (including tax) *Includes rental of a kimono gown (komon fine pattern), half-width obi sash, short juban undershirt, tabi split-toe socks (no return necessary), accessories, and footwear

Time

Dressing approx. 30 min. on Saturday between 10:30 and 15:00 / Free time until rental items are due at 18:00

reservations

Required, but same-day participation is accepted if an opening is available

Languages

Japanese,English

Inquiries

03-5652-5403

URL

http://www.shinnichiya.com/( External link )(Japanese)

Tea ceremony (The Koomon, Tokyo)

The Koomon tearoom in Nihombashi features a relaxing atmosphere detached from the bustle of the heart of Tokyo. The salon arranges private lessons in authentic Japanese tea ceremony and the experience of a tea party.

Address

Buyo Bldg. 2F, 3-8-16 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Access

7-min. walk from JR Tokyo Station

Languages

Japanese,English

Inquiries

03-5202-5737
info@koomon.com

URL

http://www.koomon.com/e_top.html( External link )(English)

ORIGAMI - paper folding - (Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan)

The charm of origami is the unlimited possibilities of a single square sheet of paper. Folded into a unique shape, each paper craft embodies the rich creativity of Japan.

Address

1-7-14 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Access

Approx. 7-min. walk from JR Ochanomizu Station, Tokyo Metro Ochanomizu Station / Shin-ochanomizu Station / Suehirocho Station

Charges

540 yen (including mini lesson and tax)

reservations

No reservations are required

Time

Approx. 20 minutes (15:00–)

Languages

Japanese; inquire for availability of an English-speaking staff member

Inquiries

03-3811-4025

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/bunkyo/spot/130422.html(English)

Ikebana flower arrangement (Sogetsu School)

Sogetsu lessons for beginners only feature a curriculum packed with the essence of the Sogetsu school of flower arrangement.

Address

Sogetsu Kaikan, 7-2-21 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access

5-min. walk from Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway Aoyama-itchome Station

Charges

3,240yen (including flowers and tax)

Days

Six days a month (as a rule, the first, second, and third Tuesday and Thursday), guest can freely choose from the timings 10:00 / 14:00 / 18:00

reservations

Required

Languages

Japanese,English

Inquiries

03-3408-1209

URL

http://www.sogetsu.or.jp/( External link )(Japanese)

Shodo calligraphy (Udoyoshi)

Popular calligrapher Udoyoshi’s lessons involve practicing your favorite word, and finally writing it on a postcard to complete a piece of art.

Address

2-14-12 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0034

Access

6-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Yushima Station

Charges

1) Japanese-style calligraphy: 3,600 yen; 2) Japanese-style calligraphy and stone seal engraving: 8,300 yen (including tax)

Time

1) 60 minutes 2) Approx 120 minutes

reservations

Reservations required (form available on website)

Languages

Japanese

Inquiries

03-3834-0639

URL

http://wayoh.jp/( External link )(English)

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