Hiyoshiya's skilled craftsmen will teach you how to make a small Japanese umbrella.
MBS "KYOTO CHISHIN" (Kansai local) 2016.06.12 #9
Japanese umbrella craftsman
Kotaro NishiboriVIEW MORE
※Japanese version only
Where we'll be
Kyoto-shi, Kamigyo-ku, Teranouchi Dori Horikawa Higashi iru, Dodo-cho 546
The Japanese umbrella: a leading figure that added more prestige to the Japanese culture as much as the tea ceremony and other traditional arts. The ones made in Kyoto are called "Kyo Wagasa". The only remaining umbrella shop in Kyoto is Hiyoshiya, a long established store opening its doors for more than a 150 years.
In recent years, topics on how to make umbrellas, such as the lighting and design, but more in general, the "know how" have been discussed. You will not find a long-established store that still keeps trying following the needs of times like Hiyoshiya.
Contents of Experience
Your experience will consist in making a mini Japanese umbrella. Surely you'll be happy to be taught by skilled craftsmen step by step! Don't worry if you think you are clumsy or if you don't like detailed works: we will assist you all the way through. You can use your finished product as interior decoration, or make a small one for your dolls, or even decorate it with flower arrangements. It will be fun to think about it during the making.
First choose the "Doshi" and the "Kappa"
"Doshi" is the spreading part of the umbrella, and "Kappa" is its head. There will be more than 10 colors for you to choose from when you make your own personal umbrella. You won't know which to choose, as all of them are very cute.
Let's make the "Makuwari" with the umbrella ribs
"Makuwari" is the process where you have to uniformly attach the wooden sticks (ribs) to form the beautiful traditional interior part of the umbrella. This will make the finished item beautiful. It looks easy but it's surprisingly hard! The trick is to occasionally make adjustments not only from the side but also from the top.
Attaching the paper "Doshi"
Once the ribs are in place, quickly apply and brush a special paste and wrap around the paper. When putting it on the structure, it's important to press gently with your hand and make it stick! You can follow the rib lines with your nails to better spread the paper.
Knowing how to make a Japanese umbrella
Once the paper is on, let it dry for 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, a craftsman will demonstrate how to make a "Kyo Wagasa" through kamishibai, mainly known as storytelling with pictures. Without a doubt you will thinI "Oh, so that's how it is done!" We guarantee you will be surprised. Through this process, you will understand the time and effort it requires in making the perfect Japanese umbrella.
Once the special paste is dry, let's move on to the "Sugata tsuke" process, to give the umbrella its final shape. In order to make the traditional folds, you will have to weave the paper. All you have to do is weave the paper while slightly closing the umbrella. Do this repeatedly until you closely reach the final form and shape of the Japanese umbrella. For the final step, tie the "kappa" with a string and your mini Japanese umbrella is finished!
We sell many Japanese miscellaneous goods in our shop
You will find not only Japanese umbrellas, but also finely designed lamps and other miscellaneous goods, all selected by Mr. Nishibori, the fifth generation owner of Hiyoshiya. We have cute items designed in an old-fashioned Kyoto style, as well as many other cool things. Please stop by and have a look while enjoying your cultural experience.
- Name of the activity
- Mini Japanese umbrella crafting experience
- 3,850円 (tax included)~
- Time required
- 60 minutes
- Number of admissions
- 1-20 guests
※ Using the application form, please make a reservation 7 days in advance
※ Notification required in advance for groups
- What to bring
- The experience is available for children and can also be done in English or Chinese
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A word from Mr. Nishibori: Hiyoshiya's fifth generation owner.
This experience began with the desire for everyone to be familiar and have a better understanding of Japanese umbrellas, something we don't get our hands on quite often these days. Don't be afraid to make mistakes especially while making traditional crafts. We also provide services in English and Chinese, so I believe that people from overseas can also have a deeper understanding of Japanese umbrellas as well.
Where is Mr. Kotaro Nishibori's favorite place...?
I often go to "Sarasa Nishijin," a cafe located just 15 minutes walk from Hiyoshiya. This currently 80-year-old renovated cafe was once a public bathhouse. The interesting interior design provides a very good atmosphere for everyone.. Their lunch comes in well portioned sizes. I also recommend you trying their coffee as well.
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