Connect online with Japanese craftsmen in Local Craft Market

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    About

    Are you curious about the world of Japanese traditional crafts?? Then, don’t miss out on our Local Craft Market (LCM) connecting with Japanese traditional craftsmen and exploring the inside of the factory!

    LCM is a new online experience for exploring the Japanese traditional crafts and the production areas.

    In LCM tour, you can visit and see inside of Japanese traditional crafts factory through Remo, a virtual event space. Our English speaking GuruGuru Guide will connect you with some craftsmen so that you can easily ask some questions and enjoy the factory tour more deeply. If you find any favorite crafts, you can buy directly from the craftsmen from the online shop.

    You will have a great chance to learn deeply about Japanese traditional culture and the current situation of Japanese crafts market from Japanese craftsmen directly. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with Japanese craftsmen even from home in a relaxed atmosphere :) You will definitely enjoy the new encounters with craftsmen and feel their huge passion for their crafts.

    Here are the excerpts of the participants in the former projects:

    ・TABANE:Traditional gold and silver yarns used for KIMONO(Kyoto)

    ・AMITA MCF:ZOUGAN, decorating tecniques for YOROI, KATANA(Kyoto)

    ・jiwajiwa:Organic traditional herbs(Nara)

    ・Nogawa dyeing:AOJIMA, Japanese indigo dyeing(Saitama)

    ・Kotonowa:making Furoshiki(Japanese wrapping cloth), and Japanese traditional color dyeing techniques, Yuzen-zome(Kyoto)

    ・Shibuya Kaban:Sophisticated leather bags made by a craftsman(Okayama)

    ・LinNe:Japanese Traditional Bells (Kyoto)

    ・Matsuba Factory:Japanese Traditional Wooden Crafts (Hiroshima)

    ・itiiti:Tatami Accessory (Kumamoto)

    Please check more details of the participants in the former projects on the bottom of the page. We will let you know the participants in the next LCM tour once it has been decided.

    The tour will take around 1 hour but you can finish anytime when you are satisfied so feel free to invite your friends or family!

    Let’s virtually explore the inside of Japanese traditional craft factory and enjoy talking with the craftsmen!

    4 reasons to book this tour

    Basic information

    • Time

      1 hour

    • Location

      All over Japan

    • Transportation

      By online meeting tool

    • Total number of participants

      1〜5

    Genre
    • creatives
    • travellers

    Including

    Online meeting tool

    Points to consider

    ・At first, our guide will briefly explain about the craftsmen through Zoom, an online meeting tool. After that, we will move to Remo, a virtual event space and enjoy Local Craft Market Tour. / The participants of Japanese craftsmen are subject to change. / Please inform the guide as soon as possible in case you want to cancel because the number of participants are limited. / If you would like to order some craft products during the tour, that cost is not included in the tour price.

    What to prepare

    Your interest and huge love for Japanese traditional craft world. / Possibly, the guide will provide you with the list of Japanese craftsmen in advance so that you can prepare some questions.

    Cancellation policy

    ・Cancellations made within14 daysprior to the tour will incur charges.

    ・If you feel uneasy or suspected to be infected due to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (n-Covid19), you can cancel it for no charge. Please notify us on
    support@guruguruguide.com

    Flowchart

    Go to「Pick Your Local」, select the guide and book the plan!

    Please select your favorite guide, the date, your preferred time and complete booking.

    Briefly explain about the craftsmen who participate in this tour by Zoom

    Your guide will send you a link to Zoom through chat. Please just click it and your guide will briefly explain about the profiles of Japanese craftsmen, their business and works.

    Move to Remo and enjoy Local Craft Market!

    After the short introduction by Zoom, let's move to Remo and enjoy the online tour inside their factories.

    You can choose some of the craftsmen or your guide will recommend some craftsmen for you.

    Good chance to buy some craft products directly from Japanese craftsmen if you like it!

    Found any favorite craft products?? Then, you can order it directly from the craftsmen! If you have any questions about the crafts, feel free to ask them before you get it.

    Thank you for joining us! See you again!

    The tour will take around 1 hour but you can finish anytime whenever you feel satisfied :) We would be glad if you answer questionnaires after the tour.

    TABANE (Terashima) from KYOTO

    TABANE is a brand producing modern accessories using traditional gold and silver yarns. Terashima have produced the gold yarn since the Meiji period(18th-19th century).

    TABANE creates gorgeous modern accessories so that you can enjoy the uniqueness and modesty of traditional gold and silver yarns.

    AMITA MCF from KYOTO

    AMITA MCF uses traditional decorating techniques for armors and swords to create modern products you can use in your daily life.

    One of the main products are “Usurai”, accessories inspired by decorating techniques, ZOUGAN designed by a product designer.Another one is “Hatsukagami”, furnishing goods furniture.

    jiwajiwa from NARA

    jiwajiwa is a brand known for its relaxing products made from Japanese traditional herbs in Nara, the oldest capital city.

    They produce herbs for bath, soups, aroma spray, and etc.

    jiwajiwa use several kinds of local herbs such as Yamato-toki(angelica actilova), Kuzu(arrowroot),Lemongrass, and Yuzu(Japanese citron).

    jiwajiwa means “gradually” or”naturally” in Japanese. It shows Matsumoto-san, the founder of jiwajiwa’s wish to let people take their time to feel natural healing power.

    Nogawa dyeing from SAITAMA

    Nogawa Dyeing was established in 1914 and has been into indigo dyeing business for over 100 years.

    They have produced traditional clothes using Japanese indigo dyeing techniques such as kendo uniforms and hakama.

    Their speciality is that the whole process is done in-house i.e. yarn dyeing, weaving, cutting and sewing.

    KOTONOWA from KYOTO

    The “KOTONOWA” is made in Kyoto, the most cultural city in Japan.

    Based on the concept of "making traditional methods easier to use in modern daily life," Kotonowa is also produced using traditional dyeing techniques through collaboration of refining textile, screening, dyeing and more.

    Shibuya Kaban from OKAYAMA

    Shibuya Kaban is a brand established by Shibuya-san, a leather craftsman. He put priority on making long-lasting leather products for his customers.

    His products are so simple and beautiful that you can use them for a long time.

    LinNe from KYOTO

    LinNe is the brand of modern ORIN made by Nanjo Factory, which has produced Japanese religious sounding balls(ORIN) for 190 years.

    Small ORIN of LinNe is made from “SAHARI”, the tin-lead alloy. “SAHARI” shines gold and makes a beautiful healing sound. It was used for historical treasures in Shousouin, the ancient temple.

    Matsuba Factory from HIROSHIMA

    Matsuba Factory is a small-scale factory which has a history of over 70 years.

    Originally, Matsuba Factory is a company which is good at making wood molds for vehicle engine parts with special processing techniques.

    With such developed techniques and craftsmen, they produce modern gadgets such as sophisticated wooden iPhone cases and AirPods Pro cases.

    itiiti from KUMAMOTO

    itiiti produces accessories wearing “IGUSA”, a rush used for making TATAMI, in Kumamoto, Japan.

    The accessories of “itiiti” are designed to be right and suitable for all age groups.

    The mixture of IGUSA and different materials such as pearl and silver makes the accessories gorgeous.

    Meeting place for this plan

    The guide will send you a link of Zoom in advance through chat. Enjoy the experience with our guides from all over Japan. Join us wherever you are :)

    You know everything about this plan!