Tag Archives: Japanese culture

24-27 February 2017: Ibara’s mascot character & denim in Tokyo city

As part of Ibara Denim Fair (24-27 February 2017), the cute Denchu-kun mascot character welcomes Japanese & foreign visitors at Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan “antenna shop” near Shimbashi station in Tokyo city… and foreign tourists particularly enjoy getting photographed with him :) Going this afternoon to see beautiful denim kimonos (blue or not), jackets, bags, etc. made in Japan, our inbound travel manager Sébastien Duval was very happy to see this yuru-chara inspired by kabuki Japanese theatre!
Ibara's mascot character

On a fashion or shopping trip in Asia during this event? Let us know if you want our help discussing with the staff to buy/order a denim kimono from Ibara city in Okayama prefecture (best Japanese denim?) matching your body size and visual preferences.

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 :)

Shopping in Tokyo: Swords, tea sets, artworks… at Asakusa Kobijutsu

Find swords, tea sets, artworks… in Tokyo! Asakusa Kobijutsu is an exciting antique shop selling samurai swords & armours, bowls & utensils for tea ceremonies, iron kettles, kimonos made in Japan, Japanese accessories, gems, traditional dolls, ukiyo-e illustrations… Check cheap replicas or pricey genuine articles!

Swords, armours, artworks, iron kettles... at Asakusa Kobijutsu (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

The products in store change every day…

Note: You can pay by credit card when shopping at Asakusa Kobijutsu.

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).

Shopping in Tokyo: Offer original gifts made in Japan from Kanda Chonko!

Kanda Chonko is an artisan shop selling special products made in Japan (Tokyo, Kyushu…) including little handmade treasures realized by the Japanese couple owning this traditional shop!
Offer original gifts made in Japan from Kanda Chonko (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices:

  • Bottle kimono “samurai”: 2592 yens
  • Bottle kimono “princess”: 3240 yens
  • Edo folding fan: 3240 yens
  • Mini bonsai: 2180 yens

Open: 12:00-19:30

Phone: (+81) 03-3255-3990
Credit cards: Unavailable.
Labels: Japanese.

Kanda Chonko is the specialist shop 29 in the section C4 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Find fun gifts, art supplies… at Bumpodo

Bumpodo is a stationery shop selling fun Japanese souvenirs, oil paints, manga pens… opened in 1887! In addition to the shopping floors, Bumpodo features a gallery on the fourth floor and an art school on the fifth and seventh floors.
Find fun gifts, art supplies... at Bumpodo (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Ukiyo-e postcard: 86 yens
  • Origami: 108 yens
  • “Cat Sushi” key chain: 400 yens
  • Hand towel: 800 yens

Open: 10:00-19:30

Phone: (+81) 03-3291-3441
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Bumpodo is the gift shop 23 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Buy your ukiyo-e at a good price at Ebisudo Gallery!

Go to Ebisudo Gallery to buy ukiyo-e woodblock prints from Edo, Meiji and the modern era at a good price: Japanese nature, ladies in kimono
Buy ukiyo-e at a good price at Ebisudo Gallery (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices:

  • Card-size print: 500 yens
  • Art book: 1000 yens
  • Fine original print or painting: 5000-40000 yens

Open: 11:00-18:30 (Sunday and public holidays: closed)

Phone: (+81) 03-3219-7651
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: English, French, Japanese.

Ebisudo Gallery is the specialist shop 20 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).