Learn mugiwara zaiku (straw craft) that is unique to the area — said to have started around the Kyoho era. It was brought about by a craftsman who came to Kinosaki Onsen and started sticking colored straws to flutes and frames to pay for his lodging.
The technique uses brightly dyed strips of straw which are then cut and laid out in various intricate patterns. They are used to decorate other items ranging from boxes to postcards. The straw is cut and flattened after being dyed in different colors. Afterward, it is arranged into various patterns, sometimes to create images like a flower or a bird.
In this activity, you'll be visiting the Kamiya Mingei shop in Kinosaki Onsen, one of the best hot spring towns in Japan. Here, you'll learn about the straw craft making process. The straw will be provided and you'll be cutting, positioning and pasting them on top of a box. An English-speaking guide will help you throughout. After the activity, you can bring home your artwork as a souvenir.
The store is managed by Masaru Kamiya, the second-generation owner of the place who won the Hyogo Skill Achievement Award. This craft is usually taught in workshops, but by booking this activity, you'll be able to learn directly from the artist!
Duration: 2.5 hours
Mugiwara Zaiku Straw Craft Workshop in Kinosaki
Adult/Child: 12 years old and above
Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.
Meeting point: Kinosaki Onsen Town Station