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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!

Shopping in Tokyo: Feel, use and offer washi paper from Yamagataya-kamiten

Yamagataya-kamiten provides washi traditional paper since 1879! Feel textures, see how you could use them, and get handmade cards, origami sets, artistic/cosplay materials… to offer or create!
Feel, use and offer washi paper from Yamagataya-kamiten (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Washi sheet: 300 yens
  • Origami set: 350 yens
  • Mount Fuji postcard: 200 yens
  • Cute towel: 800 yens

Open: 10:00-18:00 (Sunday and public holidays: closed)

Phone: (+81) 03-3221-7829
Credit cards: Unavailable.
Labels: Japanese.

Yamagataya-kamiten is the gift shop 16 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

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).

Japanese & Western rooms at Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan in Chiyoda ward (Tokyo, Japan)

Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan has Japanese and western rooms, both non-smoking or smoking, including a deluxe Japanese room convenient with children or friends:

  • Western single (12㎡), twin (18㎡) and double (13-19㎡) rooms.
  • Japanese single rooms (9-11㎡) with futon sleeping sets.
  • Japanese rooms (11-28㎡) with square Ryukyu tatami mats, paper screen “shoji” and futon sleeping sets.
  • Deluxe Japanese room (34㎡) with wooden open-air bath on a well-screened balcony, square Ryukyu tatami mats, paper screen “shoji” and futon sleeping sets.

Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan: Japanese room with tatami mats and futon beds.

Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan: wooden open-air bath.

Breakfast is offered with all reservations and your hotel room is provided with:

  • Air conditioning, shower/bath, Western-style toilets.
  • Free Internet, TV.
  • Yukata to use as pajamas or clothing when going to the communal baths, slippers.
  • Umbrella and sandals for walks outside.
  • Pants presser, iron, dryer, razor, toothbrush, towel, soap, shampoo…
  • Kettle and tea bags to prepare hot tea, refrigerator.

Doesn’t Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan look nice?

Address: Kanda Ogawamachi 3-24-9, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052, Japan.

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • 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.

New tour “Insight Into Japanese Arts in Tokyo”

Travel Stand Japan just launched the Yes in Japan unique tour “Insight Into Japanese Arts in Tokyo” (reference T14B). We strongly recommend you this new 1-day private tour in English or French for up to 8 persons if you are interested in Japanese culture, fine arts, traditional crafts, or even martial arts!

Japanese arts in Tokyo: nature, kimono, washi umbrellas...

Admire and learn about samurai swords, kimono dresses, traditional handmade washi paper and origami, paintings and carvings on walls and ceilings, hundreds of Buddhist statues (real masterpieces), Shinto lanterns lit up at night, and the interior of a gorgeous wedding centre with its garden and waterfalls… This is a well-timed, touching and unforgettable artistic experience in Japan 🙂

Samurai sword in Tokyo.

Calendar for May and June 2014: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with departures from your hotel in Tokyo. We recommend you to make a reservation at least two business days before your chosen date. Please follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book this tour online.

Shinto lanterns at night in Tokyo.

Make your holidays in Japan unforgettable!

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Art of paper folding = 折り紙 (Origami), Japanese paper = 和紙 (Washi).
  • Kimono = 着物, Samurai = 侍.
  • Tokyo = 東京.

Japanese paper & Shinto art in Tokyo: Tour calendar for May & June 2014

You can now join our most popular walking tour in Tokyo “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?in English or French on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in May and June 2014. Try to reserve at least one business day before your chosen date so we can try to organize e.g. a paper folding demonstration by an origami master…

Enjoy diverse colourful “Washi” handmade paper, origami, Japanese paper dolls, Shinto statues of horses and gods, golden lanterns (wonderful when illuminating the shrine at night)… at two historical sites of Japan.

Kanda-myojin at night: outdoor lanterns.

This original tour in Chiyoda ward usually starts at the convenient Hotel Niwa Tokyo but we remain flexible, like our calendar.

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Japanese paper = 和紙 (Washi), Art of paper folding = 折り紙 (Origami).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo), Tokyo = 東京.

New tour in Tokyo: “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?”

We launched the Yes in Japan original walking tour in TokyoInsight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” (reference W14B) without introducing it in this travel blog. Today is the day 🙂 Our team strongly recommends you this new 2~2½ hours walk in English if you love Japanese art, traditions and religion.

Insight Into Art: Roof of a Shinto shrine, statue of a guardian dog and lanterns in Tokyo.

Feel the Japanese artistic sense through traditional and modern paper-based creations and through diverse religious designs… We will visit a dedicated centre and an exciting Shinto shrine where you may see many types of colourful “Washi” handmade paper, origami, Japanese paper dolls, Asian cut paper, statues of gods and horses, translucent and golden lanterns (wonderful when lit up at night)…

Insight into art: Crane-shaped origami at an origami centre in Tokyo in 2014.

Calendar for April 2014: Monday (09:30), Tuesday (16:30) and Thursday (16:30) with departures from the nice Hotel Niwa Tokyo. Please follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book this tour online.

Enjoy beautiful Japan while feeling its deep culture!

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Art of paper folding = 折り紙 (Origami), Japanese paper = 和紙 (Washi).
  • Shinto shrine = 神社 (jinja).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo), Tokyo = 東京.

2013/2014 most popular walk in Japan: “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” in Tokyo

Our most popular Yes in Japan walk since 2013 is “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” in Tokyo (walk W14B)! From France, Israel, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden, the Philippines and the USA… everybody looked happy 🙂 If you are interested in Japanese art, traditions and religion, you can join this walk in English 3 mornings/evenings every week in April, and probably every week of 2014/2015.

Insight into art: Crane-shaped origami at an origami centre in Tokyo in 2014.

We typically see many types of Washi handmade paper, origami, Japanese paper dolls, lucky charms, prayer plaques, statues of gods such as Ebisu, golden lanterns (wonderful when lit up at night), holy trees, a holy rock, and the inside of a colourful Shinto shrine… If you are lucky, you may also see a very cute holy horse, see a paper folding demonstration by a cheerful Japanese master, and meet artists! One of our American customers could even try a gorgeous samurai helmet made from paper at the workshop of the origami centre; this was a great sight 🙂

Kanda-myojin at night: statue of the god Daikoku.

Unexpectedly, most participants do shopping during this walk, buying beautiful Japanese paper, cute prayer plaques or unique lucky charms! This walk is really nice in any season, with a blue sky, rain or snow. When you stay in Tokyo, consider joining this walk starting at Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near Suidobashi station).

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Art of paper folding = 折り紙 (Origami), Japanese paper = 和紙 (Washi).
  • Shinto shrine = 神社 (jinja).
  • Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo).

Golden Week 2014 in Tokyo: Calendar of activities & walks in English

Yes in Japan organizes walks and activities in English in Tokyo during the Golden Week 2014 (26 April 2014 to 06 May 2014) as indicated in the calendar below:

MONDAY
28 April 2014
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
TUESDAY
29 April 2014
WEDNESDAY
30 April 2014
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
THURSDAY
01 May 2014
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
After the War: Fighters and Civilians
(Walk W14E)
14:00 at Jimbocho
Washi paper time
(Activity A14B)
 
14:00 at Jimbocho
Japanese games time
(Activity A14C)
16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
FRIDAY
02 May 2014
09:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)

Prepare well your Golden Week 2014 in Japan because banks, restaurants and diverse other shops will close (completely or early) even in Tokyo! Take care during your tour of Japan and enjoy your holidays 🙂

Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo (Japan).