A Kyoto top craftsman of "Kyō Komakusho jakkyu" teaches.Kyo koma(tops) making experience
MBS "KYOTO CHISHIN" (Kansai local) 2017.11.05 #76
Kyo koma craftsman
Yoshiyuki NakamuraVIEW MORE
※Japanese version only
Where we'll be
Kyō Komakusho jakkyu
〒604-8371 1 Shinsenen-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Top were introduced to Japan in the Asuka period. Originally, it was introduced as a tool for fortune-telling, but it has spread as a plaything and an ornament, and there are tops with different designs all over Japan. Among them, "Kyo koma" which is said to have been developed by women in the Azuchi-Momoyama period, is the only one made in Japan by wrapping cloth or thread around a bamboo stem. You will be soothed by the cute round figure.
Contents of Experience
Experience making Kyo koma at Kyoto's only store specializing in Kyo koma. You choose your favorite one from the belt-shaped threads with more than 15 colors, and wrap it around the bamboo stalk. It's also fun that a craftsman will teach you the history of tops and tips.
Know how to make Kyo koma
First, Yoshiyuki Nakamura, a Kyo koma craftsman , will explain how to make Kyo koma. All you have to do is wrap a strip of cotton thread "color string" around the shaft! Not only adults but also children can do it easily.
Made of cloth or thread "Kyo koma"
When people think of "Tops" they usually think of things made of wood. However, the "Kyo koma" that we are going to make this time is made by winding a string. Because of that, the color of the thread comes out gradually on the back side and it is very beautiful! The beautiful appearance is unique to Kyo koma.
To choose a colour string
As soon as I receive a general explanation about Kyo koma, I will start working on it. First, let's choose a color string to wrap around the shaft. Choose your favorite 4 colors from the 15 available. The first 3 colors (Pink, brown, light pink) are already wrapped, so you can choose one by considering the color.
Apply adhesive and wrap color string.
Remove the rubber band wrapped around the color string and stretch it straight. Fold about 1cm of the end of the thread, spread the adhesive thinly and evenly, stick it together so that it matches the end of the previous roll, and then roll it. Fold 1 cm of the rolled end in the same way as the beginning, attach the adhesive, and stick it together.
"Wrap tightly." is the point!
The key here is to roll it up strongly with a certain amount of force. If you roll it loosely at this point, the finish will look bad and the surrounding will be bad. It often loosen at the end of the roll, so it might be a bit strong while rolling it!? It's best to feel like that.
Shape and apply a fixative
When you finish wrapping all the color strings, let's shape them into a mortar shape. Use your thumb and index finger to shape the dough evenly. After you actually turn it and see how it turns, or check the overall balance and adjust the shape as you like, you coat the fixing agent with a brush.
The fixative will dry in 5 to 10 minutes. When you remove it from the drying rack, you're done! The surface is dry at this point, but not all the way to the inside, so don't try to move it (It will dry well after 2 ~ 3 hours.).
- Name of the activity
- Kyo Koma(tops) Production Experience
- 2,750 yen (Tax included)
- Time required
- 30 minutes
- Number of admissions
- 1 ~ 10 people
- What to bring
- Available for children
"Kyō Komakusho jakkyu" A word from Yoshiyuki Nakamura.
The Kyo koma production experience started about 10 years ago when a lodging facility asked me to "Can I experience the culture of Kyoto?". There are a lot of entertainments these days, so you don't have many chances to touch tops, but if you make them yourself, it's simple and fun. When you are tired, turning it will heal you! Some people say that. It's a quick, easy and fun experience, so please try it while you're sightseeing.
What is your favorite place for Yoshiyuki Nakamura?
My recommendation is "Premarché Gelateria". It's a shop where you can eat organic gelato about 5 minutes from the shop. It is an authentic Italian gelato shop, but it also has unique flavors such as white miso and raw yuba using Japanese ingredients. It's good when you want to eat healthy and delicious dessert.
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