Nowadays, there's so many "experiences" you can try out when you visit a city thanks to Airbnb Experience and other new travel websites, but don't you find that they all tend to be quite expensive and also often time-consuming?
So here's a couple of ideas for quick workshops you can try out in Tokyo for under ¥5,000 (approx. $45 USD)! We've chosen workshops that are in unique locations, so you can also walk around after and enjoy some sight-seeing :)
1. Ozu Washi ~washi paper making-
Location: Nihonbashi (traditional shopping district)
Availble Mon-Sat, book online in English here.
We actually went to try this one out! We first got taken upstairs to watch a video about the process in which washi paper in made (with English subtitles), and then went into the paper-making room where the staff kindly taught us step by step how to make it. It's so much more difficult than it looks but don't worry, he will give you a hand after 3 tries :P They also have a stationary shop with beautiful letter sets and note pads so its the prefect place to get souvenirs!
2. Ameshin -traditional candy craft making-
Location: Asakusa (near the Sensoji temple)
Available everyday except Thursdays, booking site only available in Japanese so contact them via their English website.
3. Ganso Sample Shouhinya -Food sample making-
Price: ¥2,160/person (¥2,300 from April 2018)
Location: Kappabashi (known for their wholesale market)
Available everyday, booking site in Japanese so contact them via their English site.
4. Edo Kirikokan -Edo Kiriko glass making-
Location: Kinshicho (near the Sky Tree)
Available Monday-Saturday, booking site in Japanese so contact them via e-mail on the website.
Kaoru has tried this one before and she mentions- A good friend from Taiwan was visiting Tokyo and we both loved crafty things and coincidentally saw this on the short TV program and signed-up via phone. The place is easy to find and since you get to practice carving you get to re-think about the designs after checking all the professional craftwork displayed around the shop. Time to time I see the intricate glass carvings and still amazed by the craftmanship!
5. Takagiya Roho -Japanese confectionary making-
Location: Shibamata (downtown area known as the setting of the famous Japanese movie series that ran for more than 20 years called "Otoko wa Tsurai yo")
Available everyday, booking site in English- there are so many other workshops you can participate in on this site!
P.S. BUAISO -Indigo dying-
There's actually one more workshop we've been eyeing for a while but haven't had the chance to try out yet by BUAISO, a Japanese Indigo farming/dying/clothing company.
This aizome indigo dying class is at their farm in Tokushima (which is farther than Osaka, around 1.5 hours by airplane from Tokyo) so I wouldn't exactly call it a "quick" experience, but I can already tell by the photos and hearing from those who have participated that it's well worth it! Did I mention it's only 5,000 yen for this authentic experience? They don't seem to have any coming up yet but let's hope they'll do it again next summer!!
Please do share with us your experience if you ever get the chance to try it :)
So last week, we finally got to visit the Yayoi Kusama Museum Tokyo in Shinjuku, Tokyo. And here's a recap!
Time we chose: 15:30 - 17:00
Actual time we visited: 60min. / 16:00 - 17:00*
Cost: JPY1,000 / Children 6-18: JPY600 / Children Under Age of 6: FREE
Address: 107 Bentencho Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 162-0861 JAPAN
Distance from the nearest Station: 10 min.
Web Reference: http://yayoikusamamuseum.jp/en/about/museum/
4 different time slots available between 11:00 - 17:00
ONLY 70 visitors per slot (when we visited, it didn't feel crowded at all and it was great!)
CLOSED/MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY
*FULL 60min since I came in late. But ended up being not bad, enough time to enjoy the entire museum.
It was our second time seeing some of her giant square-sized art works since we went to the big exhibition of hers at the National Art Center of Tokyo in Roppongi. But each peace looked familiar yet different with the placement, lighting, and also with people who truly enjoyed her work around. Right when we got to the museum top, we had a nice guide from one of the visitor who truly loved her art work and gave us great tips as well in checking out the place and to enjoy Yayoi Kusama's art works here to the fullest. Hope the Instastory collage will guide others through as well :) If you can get the ticket, it's definitely a nice visit.
Tokyo is big on coffee culture just like many other metropolitan cities with well known foreign coffee companies like Blue Bottle Coffee, and Fuglen having their first international flagship cafe in this very city (pssst...for those tea lovers, Alfred Tea Room is coming to Tokyo in a few days too!).
I'm sure you've also heard about some unique and crazy cafes here such as maid cafe, owl cafe, dungeon cafe or Alice in Wonderland themed cafe... I'm no expert in coffee, but if you're like me and are just looking for a quiet charming place where you can catch up with your friends or read a book, here's a list of 6 cafes that are perfect for you!
Hello there fellow procrastinating friends!
Since I know you are in a hurry, let me just keep it in short & simple. Scroll down and you'll probably find the right costume if you are like me who has the desire to dress up for the occasion but prefers....
words disappearing from the wall...
another light effect wall...
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LOOKING FORWARD TO HOUSE VISION 3!
2016 Exhibition open: 2016.07.30-08.28
2016 Exhibition open: 2016.07.30-08.28