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Ancient Japan in the Modern Day




Get Hands-on with Some of Japan’s Oldest Traditional Arts #cc1000062

  • 3 hour total

  • English

  • Age Any

  • 2 〜 8



Hello, my name is Koda Rui, and my passion is safflower. “Safflower?” you might think, “What an unusual passion”. I was born in Kyoto, raised in Kyoto, and Kyoto culture is deeply ingrained into me; I can even speak the old Kyoto dialect! Anyway, safflower has long been a part of Kyoto culture, so I suppose that it’s only natural that I have come to be interested in it. My passion does not only lie in safflower, though. The thing I love most is creating and making things. Not only that, I consider “Taiko”, large Japanese drums, as my life work. In my workshop, I will show you, and you will get a chance to get your own hands dirty, as it were. Going back to safflower, though, I once had the opportunity to travel 4 months with TV Asahi to collect ingredients along the silk road, the path by which the safflower entered Japan some 7,000 years ago. I also had the opportunity to study abroad in the UK. Both experiences encouraged my drive to support and spread Japanese

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What do Kyoto-grown saffron, handmade udon, traditional Japanese drumming, and old temples and shrines have in common? They are all in this workshop! Join Koda Rui, lifetime resident of Kyoto and expert in traditional Kyoto culture as she shows you how to make your own handmade udon (thick Japanese noodles) using real Kyoto safflower, create safflower-dyed fans, and experience traditional Japanese drumming (taiko). Kyoto was the capital city of Japan for more than 1,000 years, and the city’s legacy of traditional culture still exists in its atmosphere even today. Your guide will show you the intricacies of these aspects of Japanese history from her workshop, conveniently located near the famous Kinkakuji temple (The Golden Pavilion).

  • Arrive the store !

  • The host will be welcoming you

  • The host teaches you how to dye

  • Step on the cloth to dye

  • Done ♪



  • Duration


  • Access

  • Participants Guests

    2 〜 8

    Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met. Accompanied infants participate for free.

  • Age


  • Conditions

    Available Rain or Shine

  • Cancellation Policy

    We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.


  • Adults(12+)


  • Children(4~11)


  • Infants(~3)


Included in the Price

Interpreter Experience Insurance


  • Things to bring

    Comfortable clothes

  • Meeting Point

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    Anna Bobisuthi

    This activity is entertaining for the entire family! I enjoyed myself immensely as we handmade udon noodles and kneaded the dough by dancing! Then while the noodles we made were boiling we tie-died a handkerchief using traditional Japanese dyes, they turned out wonderful! After eating the delicious bowl of udon that we made we were treated to a short taiko performance and were taught how to play a simple song on the taiko drums. It was so much fun and very welcoming! You definitely get a taste of local life with this trip!See moreSee less

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Children: ¥5,750 Infants: Free

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