The duration of the experience is approx. 30-40 minutes.
We offer the Gripped Sumi Experience between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-7 p.m. Please let us know if you would prefer a different time.
Of course individual guests are also welcome, so please feel free to stop by.
- STEP 01
History of Nara Sumi and Now
We will talk about this traditional craft which has been passed down since the Muromachi Period (1336-1573 AD), the history of Nara Sumi, and the reality of current sumi shops.
- STEP 02
Introduction of Material and Actual Demonstration
Introduction of the materials used to make sumi and a raw ink shaping demonstation by a sumi craftsman. You can see a traditional art of Nara right before your eyes.
- STEP 03
Experience Gripping Sumi Yourself
You can feel the softness and warmth of the raw ink in your hand as the craftsman guides you. Your hand will barely get dirty.
- STEP 04
Carry It Home in a Paulownia Wooden Box
After you take the raw ink home, please store it in a cool place out of direct sunlight, and don't open it for 3 months.