The experience lasts 30~40 minutes, and includes the following content.
It is available from 9:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m. Please let us know if you would prefer a different time. Individual guests are always welcome, so please feel free to stop by.
At this time, our workshop is taking the following precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections.
1. Our staff will always wear a mask.
2. Disinfectant alcohol spray is readily available.
3. We keep the inside of the workshop well ventilated.
4. We are limiting reservations to only one group at a time.
*Please understand that depending on the weather and other circumstances, some of these things are subject to change.
- STEP 01
History of Nara Sumi and the Present
We will talk about the history of Nara Sumi, a traditional craft that has been passed down since the Muromachi Period (1336-1573), and the reality that traditional ink shops face today.
- STEP 02
Introduction of Materials and Actual Demonstration
After introducing all of the materials that go into making a stick of ink, an artisan will use a press and blocks to demonstrate how raw ink is shaped. This step allows you to understand how soot from burned oil or wood becomes characters on a page. It is a chance to see a traditional art of Nara right before your eyes.
- STEP 03
Experience Gripping Nara Sumi
As the artisan teaches you, you can feel the fresh, raw ink’s softness and warmth as it takes shape inside your hand. Don’t worry, your hand won’t get very dirty.
- STEP 04
Take It Home in a Paulownia Wood Box
Your gripped Nara Sumi will need time to properly dry, so please store it in a cool place out of direct sunlight, and don’t open the box for three months.