Category Archives: Activity

New activity: Vegan sushi workshop in Tokyo city

Discover Japanese vegetables, make vegan sushi with experienced chefs then savour the healthy food you prepared during vegan sushi-making workshops organized in Tokyo city by the Yes In Japan team! The ingredients may include avocado, coconut, ginger, nori seaweed, okra, shiitake mushrooms… and the favourite rice of your cooking lesson’s teacher 🙂 We can easily organize a workshop in English (with bilingual chefs), French (with assistant e.g. Sébastien Duval) or Japanese language (great for foreign language students).
Vegan sushi

Interested by this new activity and coming soon to Japan? E-mail us today to get details or make a reservation. Do not hesitate if you are a vegan/vegetarian traveller or have difficulties enjoying the Japanese food due to the specificities of your religion!

Art video: Japanese ink wash painting at Toyokuni Atelier (Tokyo)

Watch the cool Get Japan video “Japanese Ink Wash Painting” (59 seconds) to learn about Toyokuni Atelier in Tokyo city then give it a thumb up 🙂 You can see original painted scrolls & postcards of Daruma, cats, dragons, etc. for sale and the artist HONDA Yuta drawing bamboo on paper with a brush during a lesson! If needed, activate the subtitles in English, French…

Our French guide accompanied several travellers to this nice art gallery during 1-day tours to introduce the Japanese culture and sumi-e traditional ink wash painting. Families with children particularly enjoyed the sumi-e activity in English (or in French thanks to the guide)! Think about it when you travel to Asia 🙂

July, August & September 2015: Sumi-e lessons at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Tokyo)

In July, August and September 2015, the ink wash painting lessons with sumi-e master HONDA Toyokuni at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (gallery near Jimbocho station, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) only take place between 13:00 and 17:00. Reserve at least two weeks before your selected day and bring 8.000 yens per person for a lesson of 90 minutes in English or Japanese.

The son HONDA Yuta still teaches sumi-e to foreign beginners without reservation 🙂 Come between 12:00 and 19:00 from Tuesday to Saturday or between 12:00 and 17:00 on Sunday with 1.000 yens per person for a lesson of 30 minutes in English or Japanese.

Sumi-e artists HONDA Yuta and Toyokuni at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Enjoy a unique experience with a bilingual Japanese artist this summer and hone your artistic skills with a brush on washi paper while you visit or live in Japan!

Find Coto Language Academy in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward

Use our map, directions and photo below to easily find Coto Language Academy (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo city) and study the Japanese language and culture with a smile! Coto Language Academy is the language school “2” (section B1) on our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

From Iidabashi station: Walk south-west for 1 minute from the subway exit “A4” or 1 minute from the train exit “East”.

From APA Hotel Tokyo-kudanshita: Exit the lobby, turn left, walk 6 minutes along the main street then go on the opposite side of the block just before the train lines. Spending a night at APA Hotel Tokyo-kudanshita? Ask its staff for our free paper map in English language; we delivered it in early April 2015.

From Tokyo Grand Shrine: Exit the Shinto shrine using the main gate, turn left, walk 1 minute, then follow instructions “From Petit Bonheur” (see the next paragraph).

From Petit Bonheur: Exit the sweets shop/restaurant, turn right, walk 2 minutes down the slope, turn left just before reaching the main street, and walk a few seconds. Coto Language Academy is in the next block on your right side.

The entrance of Coto Language Academy is not flashy but the logo is visible on the door when you get close:
Entrance of Coto Language Academy (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Lesson in Tokyo: Learn Japanese language and culture at Coto Language Academy!

Coto Language Academy proposes small classes with fun conversation-based learning and flexible course schedules to learn the Japanese language and culture. Join today!
Learn Japanese language and culture at Coto Language Academy (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices for lessons:

  • Private lesson “Survival Japanese”: 4200 yens
  • 8 lessons in group: 18400 yens
  • 8 private lessons: 31600 yens

Open: Variable time (09:50-21:30)

Phone: (+81) 03-6261-4515
Credit cards: Accepted.
Documents written in: English, Japanese.
Staff speaking: English, Japanese.

Coto Language Academy is the language school 2 in the section B1 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Activity in Tokyo: Admire, buy or practice sumi-e at Toyokuni Atelier Studio

Do you know sumi-e ink wash painting? Toyokuni Atelier Studio is a great place to admire, buy or practice sumi-e: free exhibition, original products, activities for children and adults… by an award-winning father and his son!
Admire, buy or practice sumi-e at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan) ☺

Typical prices:

  • Sumi-e lesson for beginners (English or Japanese language): 1000 yens
  • Sumi-e postcard: 100 yens
  • Sumi-e painting (black ink or rare colourful mix): 3000-30000 yens
  • Sumi-e t-shirt: 15000 yens

Open: 12:00-19:00 (Sunday: 12:00-17:00, Monday: closed)

Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Toyokuni Atelier Studio is the gallery 10 in the section C2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Martial arts tournaments and concerts in Japan at Tokyo’s Nippon-budokan

At the Martial Arts Hall of Japan “Nippon-budokan”, you can enjoy major martial arts tournaments (national or international), martial arts demonstrations and even concerts (e.g. AKB48 performance)! This impressive building in the heart of Tokyo (Chiyoda ward) has 14.471 places and features many martial arts events with free entrance; it adds a great touch of Japanese culture to everybody’s life or holidays in Tokyo 🙂 Our French travel manager attended diverse martial arts competitions and demonstrations there: aikido, karate, kendo, kyudo, taekwondo…
Martial Arts Hall of Japan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo).

Check our Japanese calendar to learn about the best events scheduled at the Nippon-budokan in the year 2014, 2015 or 2016 (weekends and public holidays included). Call 03-3216-5100 to learn more if you speak the Japanese language or kindly ask the staff of your hotel to do it for you. Near Kudanshita subway station and Hotel Grand Palace, the Martial Arts Hall of Japan “Nippon-budokan” is the spot “15” on our map of Tokyo Chiyoda designed for autumn 2014 and winter 2014-2015.

Travel tip: You can also meet or e-mail the Yes in Japan team to get advance tickets for concerts/tournaments, to attend martial arts lessons at a dojo of the annexe or to order a personalized tour linked to martial arts

Sumi-e in Tokyo: Toyokuni Atelier Studio (classes, exhibition, shopping)

Art gallery/school/shop in Tokyo, Toyokuni Atelier Studio is great to discover sumi-e, Japanese ink wash painting! Enjoy a free exhibition, accessible lessons in English, and original/unique products by a Japanese father and his son 🙂 The father won awards in Italy for the picture book “Kobutori” (1987), in France for the picture book “Momotaro” (1990), in China for the woodcut print “Asian Woman” (2000)…
Sumi-e artists HONDA Yuta and Toyokuni at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Japanese name: 豊國アトリエ (Toyokuni Atorie).
Address: Kanda-jimbocho 3-1-13 (1st floor), Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051, Japan.
Nearby subway stations: Jimbocho, Kudanshita.
Open: Tuesday-Saturday (12:00-19:00), Sunday (12:00-17:00).
Phone: Unavailable.
E-mail: info@nekomachi.com
Language: Japanese (native), English (fluent).
Credit card: Accepted (now checking usable types).

 
For sumi-e classes, discussions or shopping support in French language at Toyokuni Atelier Studio, contact the Yes in Japan team (early reservation with Sébastien Duval recommended).

Sumi-e painting lessons from 1000 yens at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Tokyo)

Experience painting on Japanese traditional paper Washi! Master Toyokuni teaches sumi-e ink wash painting at all levels in English or Japanese during lessons of 90 minutes at Toyokuni Atelier Studio 🙂 Make a reservation and bring 5.000 yens per person.

As a special offer for foreigners only, his son Yuta teaches sumi-e to beginners in English or Japanese during lessons of 30 minutes. No reservation needed; just bring 1.000 yens per person. You typically draw a simple cat’s face to get used to the brush and black ink then see how to paint a Daruma, bamboo or landscape with mountains and rivers.

For practical reasons, each lesson at the art gallery between Jimbocho and Kudanshita subway stations (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) is limited to 5 students. Contact the Yes in Japan team to request special arrangements for bigger groups or professionals on business trip in Japan.
Sumi-e painting with Kintaro, a carp and Mount Fuji at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Sumi-e exhibition at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Tokyo)

Every month, sumi-e master HONDA Toyokuni exposes different artworks at his gallery Toyokuni Atelier Studio in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward. You can see great finished art pieces and works in progress, the size of a book or wall, in black & white or colour… Enjoy the free exhibitions, discuss the artworks, and maybe meet him!
Exhibition of sumi-e paintings at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).
Master Toyokuni painting a wall-size sumi-e at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).
Master Toyokuni at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).
The Yes in Japan team strongly recommends you to visit this art gallery near Jimbocho and Kudanshita subway stations. Go admire the Japanese culture!