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Experience Japanese Tradition Hands-on
- Japan is a nation that’s very proud of its long-reaching artistic and creative legacy, and with good reason. From paper to pottery, the country has produced some of the most highly revered and well preserved traditional art forms in the world. There’s no better way to learn about Japanese tradition than by getting hands-on and signing up for one of these workshops. Discover Tottori’s Artisanal Washi History Discover Tottori’s Artisanal Washi History Discover Tottori’s Artisanal Washi History Fukui Lacquerware at the Urushi no Sato Kaikan Fukui Lacquerware at the Urushi no Sato Kaikan Fukui Lacquerware at the Urushi no Sato Kaikan Japanese lacquerware is a craft that has a reputation throughout the globe. One of the best ways to discover the history and beauty of this ancient craft is at the Urushi no Sato Kaikan in Sabae City, Fukui. A gallery and workshop, Urushi no Sato offers three different lacquer classes; drawing, carving, and applying lacquer. With techniques and works that have been passed down through generations, Fukui is a must visit for anyone interested in getting to know Japan’s art history in more depth. Koyasan Daishikyokai Temple Sutra Copying Koyasan Daishikyokai Temple Sutra Copying Koyasan Daishikyokai Temple Sutra Copying Mt Koya, generally regarded as one of Japan’s most spiritual locations is home to a variety of esoteric Buddhist practices which many visitors are more than welcome to experience. A unique activity worth trying is Sutra copying, the method of hand-copying Buddhist sutras. Led by local monks Sutra copying is an exercise in discovering inner peace, and an essential ritual in the practice of Japanese Buddism. If you’re in Koya, there are plenty of opportunities to try it out at least once. Taiko Drumming at Sado Island Taiko Centre Taiko Drumming at Sado Island Taiko Centre Taiko Drumming at Sado Island Taiko Centre A familiar rhythm for anyone who’s ever visited a Japanese Matsuri, taiko drumming is not only great to listen to and mesmerizing to watch, but also an incredibly fun activity to try yourself. Head to the forests of Niigata’s Sado Island, east of mainland Niigata Prefecture, and you’ll discover the home of world’s most famous taiko drumming ensemble. Founded in 1981, the ensemble has been based in Kodo Village since 1988. Kodo Village is a 13.2-hectare area which houses a rehearsal hall, residential buildings, workshop and recording studio. The community regularly welcomes visitors, so if you’ve ever had an inclination to try your hand at this hypnotic Japanese tradition, this is the ultimate place to do it. Taiken Workshop Rokuroza Taiken Workshop Rokuroza Taiken Workshop Rokuroza While Saga Prefecture is practically overflowing with impressive pieces of porcelain wares to admire and buy, the best way to appreciate the Japanese ceramic artform is to try it out for yourself. Book a visit to Rokuro Studio in Arita to get your hands dirty, learn a new skill and craft your own piece of traditional Japanese art. With around 400 years of history in porcelain-making, Artita is home to some of the nation’s most knowledgeable artisans many of whom are more than willing to teach you a thing or two. The workshops are held in both Japanese and English, so there’s no excuse not to give it a go! Tobemachi Ceramics Creation Center in Matsuyama Tobemachi Ceramics Creation Center in Matsuyama Tobemachi Ceramics Creation Center in Matsuyama From the southern corners of Okinawa in the northern points of Hokkaido, Japan has no shortage of pottery towns, but if you’re in Shikoku, head for Tobe not far from Ehime’s capital of Matsuyama. In Tobe, add a visit to Togei Sosakukan to your itinerary for an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the fascinating ceramic form known as Tobeyaki. Under the guidance of the local experts, sign up for one of three workshops; a pottery painting experience, hand molding experience, or the pottery wheel experience. If you’re in the area for a while, you can make this one of your first stops on the way and have the piece fired and finished within a few days. Chopstick Engraving Experience in Wajima Chopstick Engraving Experience in Wajima Chopstick Engraving Experience in Wajima Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture is famous for Wajima-nuri lacquer stunning, black and red tableware typically covered in with intricate gold designs. The Wajima Kobo Nagaya workshop is a great place to let out all your creative energy getting busy crafting your own chopsticks, just sign up for one of their popular engraving experiences where you can come up with your design and decorate your chopsticks by scraping into the lacquer and then painting the engraving with gold leaf. The workshops are run in Japanese, but the beauty of the process is that it’s straightforward and easy to copy. Also, it’s a great way to practice your Japanese skills while you’re at it! Discover Hyogo’s Ceramic History at Tachikui Sue-no-Sato Discover Hyogo’s Ceramic History at Tachikui Sue-no-Sato Discover Hyogo’s Ceramic History at Tachikui Sue-no-Sato Stroll the streets of Tamba in Hyogo Prefecture, and it’s near impossible to miss Tamba ware, a localized form of pottery that has been passed perfected through generations. Originating in Korea, this form of pottery is fired at extreme temperatures, which creates some extraordinary and unique designs. When you’re in the area, pay a visit to Tachikui Sue-no-Sato, the home of Tamba pottery, where you can try making some Tamba ware for yourself. They have many different workshops on offer for all pottery making levels. You can make your own piece from scratch or design a pre-shaped creation depending on your time and confidence level. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- Saga Castle History Museum
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- Saga Pref. Sagashi Jounai 2-18-1
The building of this museum is a reconstruction of Honmaru, a part of the castle where a ruler used to live. So, the building itself is worth to visit. Inside, there are displays about the history of...
- Yoyokaku Gallery
- Art Gallery / Gallery
- Saga Pref. Karatsushi Higashikaratsu 2-4-40
We stayed here for one night before leaving Kyushu. This traditional ryokan has been serving travelers for more than 130 years and currently managed by fourth generation owners Mr and Mrs Okachi...
- Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum
- Museum / Science Museum
- Saga Pref. Karatsushi Chinzeimachinagoya 1931-3
Definitely, best thing to do around, beautiful scenery, Japanese garden, costumes, souvenirs, recently renovated, the castle is fun to explore. Don t expect secret rooms and medieval cachots but an...
- Kyushu Ceramic Museum
- Museum / Science Museum
- Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Toshaku Yu 3100-1
It is a must-see in Arita. If you are interested in porcelain, it merits to travel to Arita just to visit this museum. To visit a temporary exhibit, you have to buy a ticket. But otherwise, the...
- SAGA PREF. SPACE and SCIENCE MUSEUM
- Museum / Science Museum
- Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Nagashima 16351
If you dont understand Japanese, dont bother to consider putting this in the itinerary. This place is more suitable for kids and locals.
Away from the fast-paced cities of mainland Japan, Kyushu's Saga prefecture offers quaint towns and cities known for their traditional crafts, particularly ceramics. Rich in kaolin (a type of clay), Saga became the homeland of Arita ware, a delicate, decorative porcelain that is now celebrated worldwide and can be discovered in the towns of Arita, Imari, and Karatsu.
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