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Traditional Japanese Culture Camp

Experience the many arts and traditions of Japanese culture all at once. Immerse yourself through a wide range of activities including Japanese dance, traditional musical instrument performance, calligraphy, tea ceremony, traditional...

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“Hyakunin Isssu” Dance Lesson

‘Hyakunin Isshu’ is a famous anthology of one hundred waka (a form of classical Japanese poetry) by one hundred poets, which dates back about 700 years. The beloved traditional song, Sakura, is also from the Hyakunin-Isshu and provides...

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Kimono Fitting

Our collection of kimonos includes a wide variety of sizes, styles, and patterns. Fitting takes only about 15 minutes per person and hair arrangement to match your outfit is also included. We also have variety of traditional...

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Calligraphy Workshop

Learn traditional Japanese calligraphy technique from a local calligrapher who also teaches international students at nearby universities. Try writing your name or favorite words in kanji and/or kana characters during this fun and...

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Visiting Wakon Factory

Visit the Wakon (unique traditional version of the koto musical instrument) factory. This factory is virtually the only Wakon factory left in Japan. Because of the excellent skills of craftsmen and high quality material, this...

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Noh Dance Workshop

While performing arts of the West such as opera, ballet or musicals rely on bold emotional movement and expressions, “Noh” uses smaller, subtler movements and irregular rhythms to express the range of feelings. The basic posture and...

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Tako Kite Making

This stimulating kite making activity is a fun way to flex your creativity! The workshop is held at Higashiomi City’s Giant Kite Museum. Before the workshop, you can explore the museum for inspiration as you learn about both...

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Tatami Making Workshop

Visit a local tatami mat factory for a first-hand look at the crafting process. Then try your own hand at the craft by making a small tatami mat which you can take home as a unique souvenir. It also makes a beautiful base for flower...

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Koga Ninja Village

Includes a ninja museum, a ninja karakuri-yashiki (a house rigged with tricks), and ninja training room for various skills, such as shuriken (throwing star) while dressing in ninja costume. Great for families and groups! This is also a...

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Nunobiki-yaki Pottery Making

“Nunobiki-yaki” is a beautiful and unique local type of pottery. Drawing inspiration from the owls of the surrounding forest, they have continued their craft for 45 years. The Japanese word for owl is “fukurou,” so we believe the...

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Zen Meditation at Anraku-ji Temple   

In the middle of Mount Iba, there is a Tendaishu Sect Buddhist temple called Anraku-ji. This temple is believed to be the first temple built by Prince Shotoku of ancient Japan’s Asuka Period. The main deity of the temple is the...

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