Japan's traditional arts and crafts
Minute origami paper folds; elaborate ikebana flower displays; the contemplative movements of a tea ceremony: Japanese arts & crafts are alive and well today.
The Japanese exhibit an understated yet immense pride in their unique traditional arts, well aware that this cultural legacy is part of what makes Japan so special. Despite the rush of modern technology, hand-spun techniques and traditions are still taught in schools and practised by adults across the country.
Taking part in a craft lesson, trying on a kimono or experiencing a tea ceremony are all examples of experiences that create memories (and sometimes souvenirs!) to treasure.
Get your hands dirty whilst learning some of the techniques of Japanese 'yakimomo' pottery.
Learn to fold paper like a pro... well like an elementary school kid really... with this beginners class in origami.
Ikebana flower arranging
Discover the finer points of this unique Japanese style of flower arranging with a lesson with a licensed ikebana teacher
Kintsugi golden pottery repair
Give broken ceramics a new lease of life by mending the cracks with powdered gold and lacquer.
Take your first steps on the road to becoming a master calligrapher with a 'shodo' class.
The Japanese kimono is perhaps the most exquisite national dress on earth and a real treat to try on.
Perfect for honeymooners: get dressed up in layers of the finest wedding kimono for a very special photo session
Learn about the techniques which have made Japanese knives the essential tool of every top chef
Traditional townhouse visit
Try on a kimono and take part in a tea ceremony at a beautifully preserved merchant house in Kyoto.
Roketsu indigo dyeing
Spend a fun morning or afternoon learning how to dye material in the traditional Japanese style at Yamamoto Roketsu Dyeing Studio in Kyoto
Discover the ritual of the 'Way of Tea'.
Insider Experience: Meet a master swordsmith
Be introduced to one of Japan's few remaining swordsmiths. See the revered art of samurai sword making in action.
Kiriko glass cutting
Discover the fine art of delicate glass cutting techniques.
Okayama's Bizen district is famous throughout Japan for its ceramic ware.
Visit lacquerware artists at work in Yamanaka
Meet an expert in weaving kimono fabric