Visit Artisan

Visit Artisan

Japanese artisan is someone who works with their hands to create unique items using traditional techniques. They are masters and create products such as Buddhist statue, garden, temple, shrine, Sake, food, Japanese furniture, Kimono etc.

You will meet artisans at their atelier and learn about their work. They will tell you the histories, their spirits and mainly, the process and their crafts or work.

It is the most understandable way to know the Japanese mind and Japanese culture.

Japanese artisan is someone who works with their hands to create unique items using traditional techniques. They are masters and create products such as f Buddhist statue, garden, temple, shrine, Sake, food, Japanese furniture, Kimono etc

You will meet artisans at work and learn about their work. They will tell you the histories, their spirits, the process and their crafts or work.

Sculptor of
Buddhist statues

One of the essential sights to see while visiting Japan are the temples and they have historical Buddhist statues.

Visit this sculpting atelier owned by a professional Buddhist statues sculptor in Kyoto. Witness his amazing skills in making this infamous art first-hand and converse with him about his attitude towards sculpting.

Since sculpture is tactile, one could actually touch and feel its various textures and forms. Finally, looking at sculpture is a dynamic activity: the work changes as the viewer moves through space and time.

We can arrange the temples visit with the master sculptor.

Architecture restorer

Every 40 to 80 years, important temples and shrines are restored by architects and craftsmen to preserve their original aesthetic architecture and facade. It’s a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to be there.

We will take you to that special place and show you thousands of years of experience in Japanese history and construction techniques.

Katana Sword

Throwing a chunk of smelted steel into the blazing fire.

“Tanren” is the process of hammering and forging the metal by repeatedly beating it at high temperatures, stretching it, folding it and overlapping it, and then beating it into a single piece. This is the most important part of making swords.

You will visit Japanese sword artisan and watch his amazing work of sword forging.

Bamboo work and
Japanese lacquer

Normally, when artisans work on a piece of art, they work together to make the final craft. This means, one artisan focuses on a single part of the process which he has mastered. However, they work separately—in their own place or workshop. So, you cannot see the whole process in one place.

This workshop is very unique and some different crafts, such as wood work, bamboo work, Japanese Urushi lacquer etc, are gathered in one place, so you can see many different works of different artisans.

Lumberjack

A beautiful forest with no stores or restaurants ̶ this is the traditional landscape of Japan.

You will visit a forestry village, meet a local lumberjack who will tell you about the log industry in Japan, their method, lives and differences between forestry in Japan and other countries. You will also visit some local homes with their unique architecture.

Kyo Sashimono

Without nails!

“Sashimono” is a woodwork art of combining a board and a board without nail. Sashimono in Kyoto originated in the court culture of the 8th to 12th centuries, and developed into the culture of shrines, temples and tea ceremony. The elegant design and the delicate techniques of grinding, bending, folding and carving are outstanding, and the wood finish that makes use of the beautiful grain of good wood is a feature.

You will meet the Sashimono artisan and he will show you his work.

Kyoto doll

Humans? Dolls?

Doll like a real person!

Kimonos and accessories are made with the same materials and techniques as human objects.

The master of Kyoto Doll makes everything from the body of the doll to the costume by herself using the tradition and technique of the generations.

The features of her dolls are the beautiful Kimono costumes she designed and created to express her image and feelings.

Historical
Sake brewery visit

This particular brewery was founded about 350 years ago. Their Sake production is totally hand-made; during the visit you will witness how much time & effort is needed to brew Sake the old traditional way. Not a single grain of rice or drop of sake is ever wasted. This brewery produces several kinds of Sake and you will be able to taste their Sake on the spot.

Tea ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony is a Japanese tradition steeped in history. It is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea typically in a traditional tearoom.

One of the main purposes of the tea ceremony is for the guests to enjoy the hospitality of the host in an atmosphere distinct from the fast pace of everyday life.

We can arrange formal tea ceremony, casual tea ceremony and experience upon your request.

The other programs

Ceramic artist

We will visit artists who create ceramic art works with their own sensibility and skills while preserving traditional techniques. This is exclusive arrangement.

Lantern artisan

Visiting artisans who create handmade Lanterns using natural materials.

Nishiki-market tour with chef and cooking demonstration

This is a special Nishiki-market tour with a chef. We visit some shops only for professional chef. You will see the cooking demonstration by the chef. Then you’ll have them for lunch. You have choices of sushi or Washoku.

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