Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan
Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan

Kumihimo Workshop. A Special Souvenir From Japan

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Kumihimo experience

Are you looking for a new kind of experience to get in touch with Japanese culture? Why not try to make your kumihimo and bring it back home as a special souvenir from Japan? You will get to know more about the traditional Japanese art of braiding silk threads and you'll have the chance to see the skilled artisans at work.

What is kumihimo?

Kumihimo is the Japanese word for "gathered threads" and it is an antique form of craft where silk threads are weaved together using traditional wooden looms.

Imported from China and the Korean peninsula during the Nara period (645-784 AD), it soon evolved in complexity, patterns and colors as it blended with various aspects of the Japanese lifestyle. Kumihimo was used for several purposes, such as decoration in Buddhist temples, as noblemen's attires, and later by the samurai for sword straps, armor, and horses.

In the Meiji period, following the decline of the samurai class, people began to use kumihimo as obijime to hold kimono's sash and draw attention to its fabric.

You might be familiar with kumihimo from the popular movie "Your Name" in which Mitsuha uses it to tie her hair, while Taki as a bracelet.

About TOZABURO HIMO

Up on the mountains, in a peaceful atmosphere away from the noises of the city, is TOZABURO HIMO, a company of skilled artisans specialized in the manufacturing of kumihimo. Their history dates back to 1867 when Tozaburo Oda opened a rice shop on Osaka mountain, in Shiga prefecture. The Tozaburo family developed unique patterns and techniques and did massive research on vegetable dyeing. Today's 4th generation is preserving over 150 years old tradition.

About the experience

You will be creating your own kumihimo using kakudai (square frame) and choosing your desidered item among two types of bracelets and a keyholder. You can choose up to 4 different colors. You will be guided by the artisans during the whole process, who will also give you interesting insights about the history of kumihimo and the traditional looms that are still used today. Our staff will provide English translation.

What's included on the price

  • 1 piece of kumihimo, you can choose among two types of bracelet and a keyholder;
  • Insights about the history of kumihimo;
  • Explanation about the looms and how they function;
  • English translation.

Important information about the workshop

Where: , TOZABURO HIMO,1 Chome-25-11 Osaka, Otsu, Shiga 520-0054

When: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Last reservation 4 PM)

Duration: about 2 hours

Number of participants:  1-5 people

Price 75$ 1 person, 67$ each for 2 people, 60$ each for 3 people, 52$ each for 4 people, 45$ each for 5 people. The price does not include taxes 

Support languages: English

How to reach the location

TOZABURO HIMO is about 10 minutes away from Otani station.

  • From Sanjo Tozai subway station: take the Tozai/Keihan-Keishin Line line bound for Biwako/Hamaotsu and get off at Otani station. Be careful not to take the train bound for Rokujizo;
  • From JR Kyoto station: take the Biwako Line bound for Maibara and get off at Yamashina station. Walk for about one minute to Keihan Yamashina station and take the Keihan-Keishin Line bound for Biwako/Hamaotsu and get off at Otani station.
One of our staff will be waiting for you at the station, from there is a 10 minutes walk.

Before purchasing, please contact us at: workshop@kyoto-asahiya.com

Cancellation policy
If you need to cancel your reservation, please contact us at workshop@kyoto-asahiya.com
At least 48 hours before: 100% refund;
At least 24 hours before: 50% refund;
After 24 hours: no refund.
    If the workshop gets canceled for extreme weather conditions (typhoon, heavy rain, ect.)  we will give you a 100% refund.

    Shipping Methods (World)

    We use Japan Post & FedEx & DHL.
    Almost items are shipped by standard airmail with tracking service and insurance (ePacket).
    Expensive or big items are shipped by express airmail (EMS).

      Free standard shipping on orders:
    • Japan: Above $50.00
    • Asia: Above $100.00
    • Europe: Above $200.00
    • North America: Above $200.00
    • Australia: Above $300.00

    Processing time

    The time I need to prepare an order for shipping varies.
    Usually we will ship within 7 days if the products in stock.
    If you want customize or the item needs produce, maybe it will take more time.

      Estimated shipping times:
    • Japan: 2-7 business days
    • North America: 1-2 weeks
    • Europe: 1-2 weeks
    • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania: 1-2 weeks
    • Asia Pacific: 1-2 weeks

    I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but cannot guarantee them.
    Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

    Customs and import taxes

    Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply.

    I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.


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    Wiebke
    Amazing experience!

    I had the most wonderful time during this workshop. Everyone was so kind and patient, and I feel honored to have learned so much about this traditional craft. I would love to come back some day and can truly recommend it!

    Thank you for providing your valuable feedback.
    I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed making kumihimo bracelet with us.
    I hope you will come back to Kyoto someday.

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    Damien Yam
    Very satisfied customer

    The book was very well protected and reached me on time.

    Thank you for the review.
    I'm looking forward to see soon.