TEA CEREMONY

Fuyuko Kobori of the Kobori Enshu school of tea explains the history of tea culture in Japan and the change of the Japanese aesthetic senses, including explanation of Wabi-sabi, and performs a whole tea ceremony.

Fuyuko’s father is the 16th generation head of the school, and Fuyuko is the next in line to run the school.
She has been studying tea ceremony since the age of 6 and has organized traditional and contemporary-style tea ceremonies across Japan, the USA, France, Germany, Holland and Jordan.
Fuyuko’s Family Website
Fuyuko’s Personal Website

MUSIC FESTIVAL

The town of Onishi holds a summer music festival every July. The Festival is one of the most exciting times of year, with former residents coming from around the country to participate. While not required, artists  are encouraged to participate in the nightly taiko drum practices at the local community center and to help pull the shrine during the festival.

CALLIGRAPHY

Artists can study Japanese calligraphy or Shodo.

ROPE-MAKING

Local craftspeople and farmers often volunteer their time to teach the visiting artists.  Japanese rope-making or Shimenawa decorates Shinto shrines and also used in traditional craft like straw tabi shoes.

INDIGO DYE

Indigo (aizome) dyeing workshop at the Takasaki Dye Botanical garden.
Depending on the time of year the botanical garden offers traditional indigo, seasonal plant or fresh-cut indigo (namabazome) dyeing workshops.

WASHI PAPER

Washi paper making workshop at Tsuguo Yanai’s studio.
Mr. Yanai has more than 30 years experience creating washi paper art.  He’s mastered traditional paper-making techniques and also developed his own sculptural techniques.

Visit Mr. Yanai’s website for more information about his studio

JAPANESE COOKING

Cooking workshop includes sushi making, local famer-style cooking

ZEN MEDITATION

Washi paper making workshop at Tsuguo Yanai’s studio.
Mr. Yanai has more than 30 years experience creating washi paper art.  He’s mastered traditional paper-making techniques and also developed his own sculptural techniques.

Visit Mr. Yanai’s website for more information about his studio

CERAMICS

Indigo (aizome) dyeing workshop at the Takasaki Dye Botanical garden.
Depending on the time of year the botanical garden offers traditional indigo, seasonal plant or fresh-cut indigo (namabazome) dyeing workshops.

JAPANESE PAINTING

Washi paper making workshop at Tsuguo Yanai’s studio.
Mr. Yanai has more than 30 years experience creating washi paper art.  He’s mastered traditional paper-making techniques and also developed his own sculptural techniques.

Visit Mr. Yanai’s website for more information about his studio