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A One-of-a-Kind Kanzashi-Crafting Workshop


  • Summary Japanese hair ornaments are extremely popular souvenirs among visitors to Japan. Rather than buy one, though, why not learn to create your own? Learn to turn small scraps of your favourite fabrics into gorgeous one-of-a-kind kanzashi to take home with you, or to give as gifts! You are only limited by your imagination in this wonderful 90-minute workshop. You will have a wonderful time learning a traditional Japanese handicraft, and feel an enormous sense of accomplishment when someone comments on the beauty of the unique handmade ornament that you made yourself! Fun for young and old alike, you will come away with a skill that can turn any piece of cloth into an object of art and admiration. What better way is there to remember your trip to Kyoto, than with your own, hand-crafted keepsake?
  • Category Culture and Crafts
  • Area Kyoto
  • Age range Any
  • Experience Time 2 hours
  • Availability 06/19/2017 - 06/28/2022
  • Maximum number of participants 8
  • Minimum number of participants 2 Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met.
    Accompanied infants participate for free.
  • Weather Restrictions Available Rain or Shine
  • Price ¥11,080 (adults)
    ¥7,080 (children)
    Free (infants)
  • A message from the host What’s wonderful about making kanzashi is that using only your thumbs, a little glue, some tweezers, and your creativity, you can make one-of-a-kind, beautiful ornaments from cloth scraps. I love that our guests, who can be anywhere from six years old to 100, can choose their favourite colours and decide on their own designs. Once they have learned the technique, they make one-of-a-kind keepsakes to take home with them.

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My name is Shimono Michico, and together with Ms. Kimata Tomoko, we offer a fun and creative kanzashi-making workshop near Ginkaku-ji (Silver Temple) in Kyoto city. Kanzashi are first mentioned in the cultural traditions of Japan during the Meiji era, so learning to make them also gives you a real historical connection! I started making traditional Japanese kanzashi hair ornaments about 10 years ago. It was my grandchild’s Shichi-Go-San celebration (a celebration of children aged 3, 5, and 7 years old), and I just couldn’t find any ready-made ones that I liked, soI started making them myself!

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Paisley Cooper

Paisley Cooper

The host was kind and helpful! And the instruction video was a great touch It was a unique workshop that I never would have thought to look into before. Very fun and the atmosphere was happy and welcoming.

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