Wagasa umbrella workshop

Wagasa umbrella workshop

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$180 per person

Please make your booking at least 7 days in advance.

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Make an umbrella or lantern at a shop with a 200+ year history

Details

  • Location: Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto

  • 1-1.5 hrs

  • 5 people max.

  • Offered in Japanese, with friendly Deeper Japan guide interpreting in English
    (French/German interpretation may be available upon request)

Historic allure

Wagasa, the iconic oil-paper umbrella of Japan, was first introduced to Japan from China in the Heian Period (794-1185), and was not so much a practical tool to block rain, but was a tool to protect aristocrats and the imperial family from evil spirits. Later, technology was developed so the umbrellas could open and closer as one wished, making the tool even more convenient. The oil paper covering the bamboo skeleton made the umbrella sturdy and waterproof and provided shade for its user. During the Edo Period, wagasa became a common item and fashion accessory for people of all ranks. It was during this time that wagasa craft began to thrive and beautiful, vibrant designs emerged. Wagasa were were seen as a popular accessory for those attending festivals, tea ceremonies, and entertainment. With the emergence of Western umbrellas in the Meiji period, wasaga decreased in popularity, with only a handful of stores in Japan currently continuing the craft. Today wagasa can be seen in religious ceremonies, festivals, and entertainment.

What you’ll do

Learn about the history of this prestigious umbrella shop and learn how to make either a miniature wagasa umbrella or an umbrella-inspired lantern  

What to wear

Clothing you don't mind getting dirty

Who can attend

Children must be 10+

Availability

Monday, Wednesday, Friday        
Session 1 (14:00 - 15:40) Miniature Umbrella
Session 1 (14:00 - 15:00) Umbrella lamp

Access

15 minutes from Kyoto Station.

Cancellation Policy

Please make your booking at least 7 days in advance. See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.

 

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