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 :)
Send sumi-e postcards painted by Master HONDA Toyokuni to your family or friends! For example, this colourful card with a Japanese dragon and children found at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo):
The art shop near Jimbocho and Kudanshita stations has joyful sumi-e cards; will you buy a set for New Year or to decorate your room or office?
Renewed in 2009, the clean comfortable Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan has roots from 1925. In its great traditional atmosphere, enjoy a different experience, relax in a private open air bath or large communal one after a tiring day visiting Tokyo, wear a “yukata” kimono, sleep on tatami mats, and savour a Japanese breakfast before leaving!
This family-friendly hotel with helpful staff even exhibits a portable shrine “mikoshi” housing a Japanese god in its lobby… Note: “Shoryukan” means “Inn of the Rising Dragon”.
The staff of Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan is used to guests from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Thailand, the USA… Welcome and guidance in English should be fine.
Address: Kanda Ogawamachi 3-24-9, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052, Japan.
- Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan = お茶の水ホテル昇龍館 (Ochanomizu-hotelu-shoryukan).
- Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.
You wonder about the Japanese gods and mythical creatures? You are interested in Buddhism and in Japan’s ancient religion Shintoism? Then, we strongly recommend you the Yes in Japan walking tour “Japanese Gods Grand Tour” in Tokyo (reference W14D), launched for Spring 2014 by our travel agency Travel Stand Japan.
Do not miss this dense tour with engraved walls, a salt Jizo, a hidden dragon, a fox army, Happy Gods, a peaceful Kannon, and… a Buddhist temple in a kindergarten! You may even walk on the tatami mats of another Buddhist temple to see holy statues and other objects at closer range… Our English-speaking guide will show you the way, will reveal interesting and fun objects, and will provide background information.
Current calendar for April 2014: Wednesday 02, Wednesday 09, Wednesday 16, Wednesday 23, and Wednesday 30 with departures at 09:30 from Tokyo Dome Hotel. Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.
Travel through the mystic world of Japan in a little-known district of Tokyo…
- Buddhism = 仏教 (Bukkyo), Shintoism = 神道 (Shinto).
- Tokyo Dome Hotel = 東京ドームホテル (Tokyo-domu-hotelu), Tokyo = 東京.
Natural and mystic island in a modern district of Tokyo, Tokyo-daijingu is reputedly the shrine where the first Shinto wedding occurred. We arrived there under a blue sky this warm afternoon (15℃) to celebrate Spring (traditionally starting today in Japan) and the Year of the Horse!
Among the trees near the entrance, a pink-blue-green dragon greeted us for the purification ritual, providing holy water to cleanse our hands and mouth. Next, we glanced at the red and purple flags, climbed a few steps then stepped through wooden-golden gates. The wooden roof immediately caught our attention with its characteristic shape and golden ornaments shining over the blue sky.
Quietly queueing behind numerous Japanese girls come to pray to find true love, we had the time to examine votive plaques decorated with horses; some beautifully reflected the sunlight!
Approaching the main hall, we could hear coins thrown into wooden boxes as offerings and hand claps preceding or following silent prayers. Our turn came, we glimpsed a few Japanese attending a Shinto ceremony in the hall, bowed, clapped our hands, prayed, clapped and bowed again…
Afterwards, we joined a crowd of Japanese girls gathered around diverse colourful lucky charms (local speciality: find true love) and fortune slips. Sébastien left Tokyo-daijingu shrine with a light transparent lucky charm featuring a 3D horse; may it protect him well in 2014 :)
- Tokyo = 東京, Tokyo-daijingu = 東京大神宮.