【Oct 18-30】Local Craft Online Tour: Visit Japanese craftsmen from day to day
Visiting a craftsman who produces creative products based on Japanese traditional craft techniques.
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If you are curious about Japanese traditional crafts, why don’t you join our Local Craft Tour?
It is an online tour where you will visit several factories or ateliers of Japanese traditional craftsmen in a certain week.
We will introduce various craftsmen, their products and traditional crafts techniques. Everyday the tour may vary based on factory visits, products and craftsmen.
Our English speaking guide will connect you with the craftsmen so that you can easily ask some questions and enjoy the tour more deeply. We hope you enjoy the craftsmanship of each craftsman and their products based on traditional crafts techniques.
＜Special online live from factory＞
On 30th October, we will show you the process of casting of ORIN by hand in the traditional way.
Casting is the first step in creating the shape of ORIN. It is an important process that affects mostly on the quality of the sound of ORIN.
Casting is the work of pouring metal melted in the high temperature into a mold.
Its temperature is about 1300 degrees. The head craftsman pours the metal melted in bright red into the molds of various sizes of phosphorus.
After all, the time to pour is really important. Craftsmen sharpen their senses and find the right moment to do each process following their experience. It is not sure whether the casting of one ORIN is successful or not even by experienced craftsmen.
We will broadcast the whole process of casting at Nanjo Factory in Kyoto. This casting process is done only three times in a month. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!
Let’s virtually visit Japanese craftsmen and enjoy exploring the inside of Japanese traditional craft world!
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1 hour and a half
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Points to consider
・Your guide will send you a link of Zoom through chat in advance. / The participants of Japanese craftsmen subject to change. / The content subject to change depending on the schedule of each craftsman. / In the case we need to change the schedule, we will inform you as soon as possible. / Please inform the guide as soon as possible in case you want to cancel because the number of participants are limited.
What to prepare
Your interest and huge love for Japanese traditional craft world.
・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
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Your guide will send you a link of Zoom through chat in advance. Please just click it and your guide will connect you with the craftsmen so that you can easily ask some questions and enjoy the tour more deeply.
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The tour will take around 1.5hour but you can finish anytime when you are satisfied :)
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【Oct 18】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).
Gold yarn and silver yarn symbolize “pride” and “admiration” because in older times these yarns have been used in gorgeous KIMONO for noble people.
TABANE creates gorgeous modern accessories so that you can enjoy the uniqueness and modesty of traditional gold and silver yarns.
【Oct 19】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.
【Oct 20】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.
【Oct 20】itiiti from KUMAMOTO
itiiti produces accessories wearing “IGUSA”, a rush used for making TATAMI, in Kumamoto, Japan. They aim to make things that stimulate our senses and break down boundaries between accessories and art.
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. Popular points are fluffy feeling and colourful unique beads.
【Oct 21】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. They produce modern shirts and trousers with traditional Japanese indigo dyeing techniques.
【Oct 21】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.
【Oct 22】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.
【Oct 23】Matsuba Factory from HIROSHIMA
Matsuba Factory is a small-scale factory which has a history of over 70 years. It is located in Futyu city, Hiroshima, which is famous for manufacturing.
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.
【Oct 30】Special Online Live of Nanjo Factory in 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.
They produce small”Chibi” ORIN for portable use with “KUMIHIMO”, a traditional Japanese artform of making braids and cords. Literally meaning "gathered threads", kumihimo are made by interlacing reels of yarn, commonly silk.
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