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Learning Traditional Japanese Umbrellas Making!

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 56 reviews.Tokyo, Japan

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Experience hosted by Atsushi

2 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 3 people
Hosted in English, Japanese

What you'll do

You'd learn Japanese umbrella making from our craftsmen and take that umbrella home as a souvenir.

We'll meet at the "SHIN-OKACHIMACHI" station on Oh-edo Subway line. We'll walk for about 7-8 minutes along the Satake Shopping Street. You can see the old authentic shopping street of downtown Tokyo.

After the workshop, freshly brewed coffee and some Japanese sweets will be served. You may enjoy talking about umbrella making, old authentic Japanese shops, or any topics you'd like to share.

The techniques of western umbrella making came from Europe in Meiji era, so-called "Civilization and enlightment" period. It was evolved so many ways and enthusiastic Japanese craftsmen developed and made unique umbrellas, (such as telescopic umbrella, jump umbrella, vinyl umbrella, and so on).

So this umbrella making has history over 100 years now!

Tokyo Umbrella Union sent registration request for the traditional crafts to the Metropolitan Tokyo Government.
We expect that this would be approved by next spring.

We see such cheap disposable vinyl umbrellas and waste-value made-in-China umbrellas are flooded in Japan.

Umbrellas, originally, were expensive products in Meiji era. And up until about twenty years ago, people took care of umbrellas very well by repairing or replacing the canopy and/or frames.

People used the same umbrella generation after generation.

Especially parasols were made of kimono fabric or traditional crafts textiles, so the covers were washable and repairable.

Umbrellas were one of the reusable/recyclable goods in Japan.

It is my hope and joy that people learn the "too good to throw away" mind of Japanese people through umbrella making.
You'd learn Japanese umbrella making from our craftsmen and take that umbrella home as a souvenir.

We'll meet at the "SHIN-OKACHIMACHI" station on Oh-edo Subway line. We'll walk for about 7-8 minutes along the Satake Shopping Street. You can see the old authentic shopping street of downtown Tokyo.

After the workshop, freshly brewed coffee and some Japanese sweets will be served. You may enjoy talking about umbrella making, old authentic Japanese shops, or any topics you'd like to share.

The techniques of western umbrella making came from Europe in Meiji era, so-called "Civilization and…

What's included

  • Food
    some sweets
  • Drinks
    freshly brewed coffee and/or tea
  • Equipment
    sewing needles and scissors
From $88
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Atsushi

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 56 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi, welcome to my shop.

I am a master craftsman in traditional Edo-style umbrella making. I have over 25+ years of experience.

First, I started making bags in my 20's then I've worked for the umbrella industry (including planning and production) for years.

Last 10 years was a big challenge as the cheap vinyl umbrellas dominated the market and many long-established umbrella makers ended up with closing their business.

I opened my workshop studio last year. This industry's future really relies on the young craftsmen. I'm helping in training of the future craftsmen so they could inherit the precious techniques and methods of Japanese umbrella making to the future generations.

I'm lucky to have some young trainees and help them grow as skilled craftsmen. It is my goal to make one-and-only original umbrella for each of my clients based on his/her tastes and intuition. We also make parasols by using the fabrics from all over the world. Isn't that great to see the people from all over the world use our parasols? How about walking in the desert with such parasol?
Hi, welcome to my shop.

I am a master craftsman in traditional Edo-style umbrella making. I have over 25+ years of experience.

First, I started making bags in my 20's then I've worked for the umbrella industry (including planning and production) for years.

Last 10 years was a big challenge as the cheap vinyl umbrellas dominated the market and many long-established umbrella makers ended up with closing their business.

I opened my workshop studio las…
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Where you'll be

Our workshop studio is located at the Satake Shopping Street, the second oldest shopping street in Japan, near Ueno Yanesen area, in downtown Tokyo.

Our craftsmen are making umbrellas there every day.

There is a well-known Akiba Shrine close to our workshop. In Edo era, there were so many Shogunal retainers' mansions, as well as Daimyos', or fuederal lords', mansions. You can still see a part of old treasures.

It is said that there was a merchants market in the middle of the mansions town named Take-machi, that later became the shopping street.

It is a sort of deserted shopping street, however, some young new shops like ours came in and started their business, this street is catching more attractions from people in Tokyo

Ms. Ichiyou Higuchi, a famous Japanese novelist and writer, spent her younger days in this area.

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 56 reviews.

Michelle
November 2019
A great way to experience Japan outside of tourist hotspots. You get to see a part of Tokyo less traveled and also experience Japanese craftsmanship first hand. Atsushi sensei was extremely patient (as I don’t have much experience with sewing), was pleasantly surprised I could complete the work by myself. Tip: there are more fabric choices if you are willing to pay a little extra and reserve a week in advance
A great way to experience Japan outside of tourist hotspots. You get to see a part of Tokyo less traveled and also experience Japanese craftsmanship first hand. Atsushi sensei was…
Caroline
October 2019
Umbrella making with Atsushi was an incredible experience. I am an avid sewer, but never would have been able to make an umbrella without his help and expertise. He and his assistant were so welcoming and he really made sure that i made every stitch perfectly. I left with an umbrella and an amazing experience I never could have gotten anywhere else.
Umbrella making with Atsushi was an incredible experience. I am an avid sewer, but never would have been able to make an umbrella without his help and expertise. He and his assista…
Sachiko
September 2019
It was an amazing experience for even like Japanese people. Im really sure it will be a much more great experience for foreign people. He told us the steps politely and simply. As others said, you can make one-of-a-kind umbrella. It would be good to make it for you and also someone as a gift. I recommend you to visit this experience with your loved one. Whenever you use the umbrella, it reminds of you the time youve spent the great time with your loved one. -------- 外国人だけでなく、日本人も楽しめる体験でした。 丁寧に、わかりやすい言葉で過程を説明してもらえます。 当日は母と2人で傘づくり体験をしましたが、自分で作ることで、使う度にその時の思い出がよみがえります。 母との大切な思い出ができました。
It was an amazing experience for even like Japanese people. Im really sure it will be a much more great experience for foreign people. He told us the steps politely and simply.…
M
September 2019
This is why I love AirBNB experiences. Lots of people go to Japan. But most people don't sit down, learn from a master, and leave with a beautiful, functional finished product. I have a greater appreciation for good quality umbrellas and the work that goes into making them. Atsushi fixed my errors masterfully and somehow without making me feel stupid. He was gracious in his compliments of my efforts and genuine. His shop is amazing and I'm really glad I went. 6 stars.
This is why I love AirBNB experiences. Lots of people go to Japan. But most people don't sit down, learn from a master, and leave with a beautiful, functional finished product. I h…
Yuhan
September 2019
很獨特的體驗,適合大一點的親子參加
Rie
August 2019
電車を間違えて遅れて到着しましたが、快く応じて頂きました。傘の骨組に縫い付けるのはなかなか難しかったですが、根気よく教えて下さり、綺麗に出来たと思います。美味しいどら焼きもありがとうごさいました(*´ω`*)

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Up to 3 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

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