Teaching by Traditional Craftsmen of "GOMEI kinpaku kougei"Gold leaf stamping experience

Gold leaf stamping experience
Gold leaf stamping experience
Gold leaf stamping experience
Gold leaf stamping experience

MBS "KYOTO CHISHIN" (Kansai local) 2019.03.10 #142

Hisashi Itsuaki


※Japanese version only

Where we'll be

GOMEI kinpaku kougei 

Hirano-cho784, Shinmachi-dori Shomen-sagaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City,

GOMEI kinpaku kougei started when the second generation learned the technique of gilding with gold leaf from the first generation who was the head clerk of a Buddhist altar equipment store in the Meiji period. Since then, he has produced various works such as accessories of famous brands and gilded public facilities in Kyoto, mainly Buddhist altar and Buddhist altar. Why don't you touch the charm of gold leaf which shines deeply?

Contents of Experience

Experience putting pure gold leaf handmade in Kanazawa on a red or black square plate. You start by touching and knowing gold leaf, draw your favorite design and put gold leaf on it. Experience the craftsmanship here, and enjoy the finished work by decorating it on a dedicated stand instead of putting food and accessories. I'm glad that I can take it home on the day.

  1. TTo a studio with excellent access

    To a studio with excellent access

    About a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station on Shinmachi-dori Street, you will arrive at the GOMEI kinpaku kougei craft workshop. Using the signboard on the street as a sign, let's go toward the Gomei written in gold at the end of the alley.

  2. There are many works in the workshop.

    There are many works in the workshop.

    There are many works with gold leaf in the workshop. "You can put gold leaf on everything except the ones with no thread (Fibers, stretchable or contractible)." says Itsuaki Hisashi, a traditional craftsman. Rather than glittering, our finishing policy is to produce the heavy light of gold leaf itself and calm beauty.

  3. Know about gold leaf

    Know about gold leaf

    The experience starts with knowing gold leaf. The G GOMEI kinpaku kougei uses "Entsukebaku" that exists only in Japan and is carefully made by Kanazawa craftsmen. This gold leaf is thinner and flexible than the usual one, and when you touch it with your hands, you will be surprised at its delicacy. It is a bit expensive because it is made by hand, but it is a point that cannot be compromised when trying to experience something unique to Japan and Kyoto where gold leaf craft has been popular for a long time. 

  4. Draw a design

    Draw a design

    Draw a design with a pencil on the prepared paper. In fact, it's better to draw a straight line instead of a curved line because you'll be designing with tape. The part without tape becomes gold leaf, and you can put letters freely by hand. If you think about the design before the experience, you can proceed more smoothly.to apply a base.

  5. Choose the color of the square plate and tape it.

    Choose the color of the square plate and tape it.

    Choose either red or black square plate. Let's put a tape based on the drawing. The tape will be removed later, so stick the edges a little longer! 

  6. To apply a base

    To apply a base

    Once you've done this, I'd like you to apply an adhesive to fix the gold leaf to the square plate. This work is an important point to make your work beautiful. If you apply the glue thinly and evenly, you can get a matte finish. Depending on how you apply it, it is said to be a craftsmanship that can make it shiny, and I was surprised that the finish changes depending on the subtle difference in how you apply it! I am satisfied with the texture.

  7. Practice, Gold Foil-stamping Production

    Practice, Gold Foil-stamping Production

    Practice handling gold leaf with haku-bashi before starting the work. The gold leaf sandwiched between the leaf paper is so thin and soft that I get nervous holding it! We put 4 pieces of gold leaf on each square plate. If you have a small hole, don't worry, Itsuaki will fix it.

  8. Remove the tape and arrange it beautifully.

    Remove the tape and arrange it beautifully.

    When you put gold leaf on it, Itsuaki will smooth the surface with a brush and make it shiny. If you peel off the tape... you can make a square plate with a beautiful contrast of gold and ground color! We fix the place where gold leaf is flying in the ground with cotton swab or correction swab made by Itsuaki.

  9. Finished


    Finished Once you've done the correction and lettering... you've created a beautiful piece that sparkles modestly rather than sparkly! It's the best to decorate it in your room, but if you really want to put your food on it, don't put it directly on the floor, but put some paper or a thick plastic wrap on it to avoid damaging the gold leaf.

  • 土ひねり体験
  • 土ひねり体験
  • 土ひねり体験
  • 土ひねり体験
  • 土ひねり体験
  • 土ひねり体験
  • 土ひねり体験
  • 土ひねり体験

More Information.

Name of the activity
Gold leaf stamping experience "Hannari Course"
2,500 yen (tax inclusive)
Time required
About 120 minutes.
Number of admissions
3 ~ 24 people
*Basically up to 12 people. Held at a different venue (Neighboring temples, etc.) from 13 participants
*Monday - Friday (We are closed on Sundays, national holidays and Saturdays.), starting 9 o'clock - 9:30 or 13 o'clock - 13:30
What to bring

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" GOMEI kinpaku kougei " A word from Hisashi Itsuaki, a traditional craftsman.

  1. Have you ever touched gold leaf directly? I started this experience about 20 years ago because I wanted people to feel the delicate touch of gold leaf. The Gomei kinpaku kougei craftsman uses edged gold leaf created by craftsmen in Kanazawa, a famous production area for gold leaf, instead of gold leaf made by ordinary machines, for both his experience and his work. Feel the splendor of gold leaf by touching Japanese traditional techniques.

Where is Hisashi Itsuaki favorite place...?


My recommendation is about a 3 minute walk from the Gomyo Gilt Craft "Kitao Seifudo". There are several kinds of sweets such as candy and karinto, but the most recommended product is Kyo-okoshi. In addition to the standard millet rice cakes, there are also unique varieties such as perilla, matcha and peanut rice cakes "Rakka tsukune". There are limited flavors depending on the season, so please stop by on your way back from the experience.

855 Shinmachi-dori855 Hanayacho-agurōshitoracho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City
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