What you'll do
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.
freshly brewed coffee and/or tea
sewing needles and scissors
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?
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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.
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Up to 3 guests ages 15 and up can attend.
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Guest, there's nothing particular to bring from home. Don't forget to bring your camera! Guest attending this workshop can purchase any shop's goods with 20% off from the regular price. This includes our handmade Japanese umbrellas, umbrellas planned and made in China, and rainy-day goods. With just additional ¥2,000, you may choose the fabric pattern of your choice from we have in stock. Please let us know your choice of the fabric and umbrella type (folding or long one) not later than one week in advance before the workshop. Prayer room is also available for Muslim participants.
Learning Traditional Japanese Umbrellas Making!