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Japanese Arts & Craft Classes – Chabako, Indigo Dyeing, Ikkanbari & More

Join us for a Japanese Art & Crafts Class this 2019 Winter /Spring. We are tying up with TanoshiClass to offer both Washi and Fabric Covered Chabako (Tea Boxes), Indigo Dyeing, Washi Eggs for Easter, and Ikkanbari baskets. Learn a new art & craft that you can enjoy as a new skill. All classes are held at the Best Living Japan Studio located at  @ 3-17-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Best Living Japan offers cooking, lifestyle, and crafting classes. Click here for 2019 Winter/Spring Best Living Japan courses.  Click here for discount voucher information.

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2019 Winter/Spring -Japanese Arts & Craft Classes – Chibako, Indigo Dyeing, Ikkanbari & More 

TUES. January 29

9:00 am-12:30 pm

Washi Chabako

Chabako is a cedar wooden storage box lined with tin traditionally used in Japan for storing tea leaves. These boxes provide excellent protection against humidity, insects and are very good at keeping things smelling fresh. You can use these boxes as furnishing items, ornamental pieces or treasure cases by covering them with beautiful washi (Japanese papers). 5 Kil box (cm 35 x 24.5 x 26.5) will be used and all paper will be included. If you want to use your own washi paper please bring two full-size sheets of washi. Class session and all materials is 15,000 yen (including tax). **Please note the class time does not allow for varnishing, but this can be done easily at home.

Japanese indigo classes, Shibori scarf class, best living japanTHURS. February 28

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Fabric Chabako

Chabako is a cedar wooden storage box lined with tin traditionally used in Japan for storing tea leaves. These boxes provide excellent protection against humidity, insects and are very good at keeping things smelling fresh. You can use these boxes as furnishing items, ornamental pieces or treasure cases by covering them with beautiful beautiful Japanese obi (sash for kimono) fabric. 5 Kil box (cm 35 x 24.5 x 26.5) will be used and all fabric would be included. If you want to use your own fabric, please bring at least 70cm for the box body and 50cm for box lid and 50cm for box rails. Class session and all materials is 15,000 yen (including tax).

TUE. March 5

9:00am-12:30pm

Washi Eggs and Bowl * THIS CLASS IS FULL *

Decorate your home with beautiful washi covered eggs and baskets for the holidays – a fun and creative way to display the large selections of wash with beautiful printed patterns. Bring your own personal favorite or choose from our washi collection. This is a hands-on workshop where you will cover and decorate eggs and baskets with washi using the Ikkanbari technique. 8 eggs and one basket are included in this project. Class session and all materials is 10,000 yen (including tax).  **Please note the class time does not allow for varnishing, but this can be done easily at home.

Indigo Dying Class, Furushiki, Best living JapanTUE. March 12
9:00am-12:30pm
Indigo Dyeing – Scarf

Itajime Shibori with Aizome is a traditional handicraft using a shape-resist technique to produce patterns on the fabric. Ai (indigo) is a dye that is collected from the leaves of the Japanese indigo plant. People are attracted to its deep, bright blue color, which many call “Japan blue”. Indigo has antibacterial and insect repellent properties, and is also effective for preventing odors.This session each student will make a 0.5mx2m linen scarf. Class session and all materials is 10,000 yen (including tax).

 THURS. March 14

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Washi Chabako

Chabako is a cedar wooden storage box lined with tin traditionally used in Japan for storing tea leaves. These boxes provide excellent protection against humidity, insects and are very good at keeping things smelling fresh. You can use these boxes as furnishing items, ornamental pieces or treasure cases by covering them with beautiful washi (Japanese papers). 5 Kil box (cm 35 x 24.5 x 26.5) will be used and all paper will be included. If you want to use your own washi paper please bring two full-size sheets of washi. Class session and all materials is 15,000 yen (including tax). **Please note the class time does not allow for varnishing, but this can be done easily at home.

THURS. April 4

1:00pm-3:30pm

Ikkanbari – Japanese covered shopping basket

Ikkanbari is a traditional handicraft in the Kagawa Prefecture where taking old and worn-out items (especially damaged baskets) and making them new and beautiful again. The technique is similar to paper-mache, in which several layers of wash paper is pasted a frame base, such as baskets, and then varnish with persimmon tannin (kakishibu) for a very strong and durable finish. You will start with a prepped basket (cms 34 x 16 x 22) with study handle and take home a beautiful and useful basket to be used for everyday shopping or storage.  Class session and all materials is 15,000 yen (including tax). ****Please note the class time does not allow for varnishing, but this can be done easily at home. The teachers have varnishing supplies you can buy directly after the class – cost for kakishibu (persimmon varnish) is 1,500 JPY and clear varnish is 1,000 JPY.

Washi basket & eggs class, Japanese easter egg class, Best Living JapanSUN. April 7
14:30pm-17:00pm
Kids Easter Egg and Basket Class (Kids ages 10 and above)

Your kids will love this Easter project!  A fun and creative way to display the large selections of washi with beautiful printed patterns.  This is a hands-on workshop where kids will cover and decorate eggs and baskets with washi using the Ikkanbari technique. 4 eggs and one basket are included in this project. Class session and all materials is 7,500 yen (including tax). **Please note the class time does not allow for varnishing, but this can be done easily at home. 

TUE. April 9

9:00am-12:30pm

Washi Eggs and Bowl

Decorate your home with beautiful washi covered eggs and baskets for the holidays – a fun and creative way to display the large selections of wash with beautiful printed patterns. Bring your own personal favorite or choose from our washi collection. This is a hands-on workshop where you will cover and decorate eggs and baskets with washi using the Ikkanbari technique. 8 eggs and one basket are included in this project. Class session and all materials is 10,000 yen (including tax).  **Please note the class time does not allow for varnishing, but this can be done easily at home.

WED. May 8

1:00pm-3:30pm

Ikkanbari – Japanese covered shopping basket

Ikkanbari is a traditional handicraft in the Kagawa Prefecture where taking old and worn-out items (especially damaged baskets) and making them new and beautiful again. The technique is similar to paper-mache, in which several layers of wash paper is pasted a frame base, such as baskets, and then varnish with persimmon tannin (kakishibu) for a very strong and durable finish. You will start with a prepped basket (cms 34 x 16 x 22) with study handle and take home a beautiful and useful basket to be used for everyday shopping or storage.  Class session and all materials is 15,000 yen (including tax). ****Please note the class time does not allow for varnishing, but this can be done easily at home. Clear varnish can be purchased in the studio for 1,000 JPY.

THURS. May 9
13:00pm-15:45pm
Indigo Dyeing – Sarong

Learn all about Japanese tractional indigo dyeing using the Itajime Shibori technique with natural indigo dye. This session each student will make a  1m x 2m lightweight cotton sarong perfect for the summer on the beach or for a casual table cloth. Class session and all materials is 10,000 yen (including tax).

 

2019 Winter/Spring – Japanese Arts & Craft Classes – Chibako, Indigo Dyeing, Ikkanbari & More

Teachers Introduction

Our lovely teachers Vandy Tam and Akiko Maeda, founders of TanoshiClass, have been running Japanese arts and crafts classes in Tokyo since 2015. They are both professionally trained in all the arts they teach and bring great technique and design to the Best Living Japan Studio.

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5 comments

  1. I am interested in arts and crafts schedule for fall. I will be in Tokyo. Can I take a class like ikkanbari or chabako as an Indio?
    Thanks

  2. Hi guys. Can you email me the thing to pay you for Thursday’s class.
    Thanks
    Gena

  3. Is there a spot in the Ikkanbari class this week?

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