Japanese Tea Houses (Making Japanese Tea)

A unique Japanese cultural activity that is more concerned with the manner in which it is performed artistically. Simplified, it is also known as the Way of Tea. Normally traditional Japanese sweets will be prepared to balance with the bitterness of the Matcha. You not need worry over the steps of preparing and serving Japanese green tea as it would be much easier through the guidance of hosts at the popular tourist spots such as in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Every single movement and gesture in a tea ceremony is performed with skillful and exquisite techniques, especially on how a kettle is used, how a teacup is examined, how tea is scooped into a cup and the proper etiquette plus the language used, which must be of the most humble and polite as possible.

Renting Kimonos for a day

It is rare for the Japanese to wear their traditional full-length garment which is the Kimono on a daily basis nowadays unless there is specific formal event, celebration or annual festival. As a tourist, it is possible for you to stroll around for a day dressed in the elegant Kimono complete with all the accessories. You can always make full use of the surrounding buildings in town such as shrines and temples as well as its old Edo era heritage sites as quintessential backdrops for your photographs. Kimono rental shops in Japan can be accessed easily in traditional streets or alleys in which one-day rental is offered to both men and women.


Ceramics (Japanese Traditional Ceramics)

The Japanese Ceramic is called as yakimono, which literally translates as “fired thing” or “burned thing” in Japan. It has been recognized as one of the oldest forms of Japanese traditional art which mainly focuses on the traditional styles, designs and techniques that reflects the exquisite culture and landscapes of Japan. Learning ceramic art in Japan is fascinating as you can try out a variety of ceramic art that goes far beyond one’s limits. To explore a get a deeper understanding on its history and evolution, drop by at these recommended famous kilns and workshops for your first try:

1. Mashiko Tougei Club
2. Kobo Fuwari
3. Saideigama
4. Kitagama Kasen
5. Kyoushitsu Mori No Tsuchi
6. Banko No Sato
7. Echizen Togeimura
8. JIC Ceramic Studio


Wagashi (Making Japanese Confectionary)

Wagashi means traditional Japanese confectionery that covers a large variety of sweets, confections, and cakes. The most common ones that can be found in Kyoto is Namagashi. As Kyoto has been known for its strong traditional and heritage roots, trying out the wagashi is a must during traveling! To have an unforgettable hands-on experience, Wagashi Making Workshop is highly recommended as it is a great activity for families and kids. A variety of wagashi recipes are offered and will not be limited by seasons. You can be creative and selectively choose the design and the flavour that you prefer. Of course, there will be a native instructor or as well as assistants to guide you throughout the whole process. All you need is to be patient and concentrate while following the mandatory instructions given.


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