Gripped Sumi Experience

At Kinkoen, you can experience the drifting scents of ancient Japan in our workshop as you shape raw sumi in your own hand to create "Gripped Sumi".

In addition to creating your own personal, nuanced Nara Sumi (and keeping your hands clean), you can also take part in a Workshop Tour and a Lesson on Sumi.

Please experience the aroma, the softness, and the warmth in the moment that you grip raw sumi.
You can take your Gripped Sumi home with you in a Paulownia wooden box, from a world where the shape of your hand and fingerprints mold your own original, one of a kind creation.

  • Gripped Sumi Experience
  • Gripped Sumi Experience
  • Gripped Sumi Experience
  • Gripped Sumi Experience
  • Gripped Sumi Experience
  • Gripped Sumi Experience

Experience Content

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

    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 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

    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

    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.

Gripped Sumi Experience

About the Price

This plan includes the Gripped Sumi Experience (that only your hand can make), along with a tour of the workshop and an explanation of Nara Sumi.

After the experience, we will put your gripped sumi in a Paulownia wooden box for you to take home. How is this for your very own memory of Nara?

  • Gripped Sumi Experience

    Price for One Gripped Sumi Experience
    1,500yen(+tax)
    This price includes the Paulownia wooden box

  • Options

    • Paste a Gold Leaf

      Paste a Gold Leaf
      500yen(+tax)

    • Experience Calligraphy

      Experience Calligraphy
      500yen(+tax)

  • Payment Methood

    credit cards accepted

Application for the Experience

Reservations are required for the Gripped Sumi Experience.
Due to preparation time, please make a reservation by 9 p.m. the previous day.

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