・Meet an artist in person
・Experience a hands-on workshop in a Japanese household atmosphere
・Step inside a Japanese house, a place most travelers don’t get to visit
・The workshop is fairly easy, so even kids can enjoy it
Meet the Artist: Sumire Shinjo
Sumire was born in Okinawa, and is a graduate of the Musashino Art University Department of
Industrial, Interior, and Craft Design, where she studied textile design and first
encountered woodblock printing and wax dyeing. Her work combines these techniques
for unique, distinctive depictions of motifs like landscapes, plants, and animals.
She has worked at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo, and is still active in Kanazawa.
Hands-On Workshop Overview
1. Choose from a selection of tenugui towels pre-dyed with indigo.
2. Apply dye to woodblock stamps made by Sumire, and press onto your tenugui. The stamps feature Kanazawa-themed designs, like geishas, Kenrokuen Garden’s iconic Kotoji stone lantern, yukizuri tree branch snow supports, Tsuzumi-mon Gate, or daruma dolls. Stamp on as many designs as you’d like.
3. After your tenugui is stamped, it will then be dried and ironed to get any wrinkles out, and it’s finished! The workshop has the fun, intimate feel of a short homestay.
Hands-On Workshop Location:
At one of the guest houses we operate, in central Kanazawa (we will show you where it is beforehand)
Time Required: 90 minutes
Group Size: 4–8 people
Price: ¥6,000 per person
Cancelation Policy: No refund for cancelations less than a week before.
(Please note that we may not be able to hold the workshop on certain dates, depending on the artist's schedule.)