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Shinjuku City Workshop Experiences of Japanese Traditional Culture

This program provides tourists from overseas chances to experience traditional Japanese culture via ikebana (flower arrangement), dying, etc.
Note: Please note that the contents are subject to change.

Date and time June 23 (Sat.), from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (The event ends when dyes and flower arranging supplies are exhausted.)
Location Event space at the east exit of JR Shinjuku Station (1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku)
Fee Free
Capacity for each program session About one hundred people (on a first-come, first-served basis)

○ Trying out traditional dyeing techniques
Edo Period craftsmen in Japan improved on woodcut dying methods imported from India (known as India sarasa [chintz]). In the process, they developed what is known as Edo sarasa, which differs from the original due to the use of a paper pattern. In this event, participants use a method of hanko dyeing—created by arranging a traditional woodcut print as a base—to dye a handkerchief. We will be exhibiting kimono dyed using a combined method of hanko dying and stencil dying.

○ A hands-on traditional ikebana experience
This is your chance to experience traditional Japanese culture through ikebana. Ikebana is a traditional Japanese decorative art in which seasonal plants and flowers are arranged in a vase. You can enjoy creating your own ikebana display while receiving easy-to-understand instructions on the basics of the artform. Even beginners will enjoy this program.

○ Traditional three-piece ensemble (sankyoku gasso)
Performance times: 1) from 10 a.m., 2) from noon, and 3) from 2 p.m. (thirty minutes per session)
Try to create the sounds of traditional Japanese instruments: Any time during the event hour, excluding performance times.
The sankyoku gasso consists of traditional instruments: jiuta shamisen, koto, and kokyu (Chinese fiddle) or shakuhachi (flute). This performance will include shamisen, koto and shakuhachi.

Inquiries Culture and Tourism Section; Culture, Tourism and Industry Department; Shinjuku City Office; Tel.: 03-5273-4069 (in Japanese)

June 5, 2018