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Yuzen World: Deep Dive into Traditional Kimono Dyeing Techniques with Expert Kimono Craftsman

Immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese Kimono making world. You will learn the Yuzen methods for Kimono making from craftspeople who worked also on the Olympic Ceremony garments and then you can make your own handkerchief using these methods.


This 3-hour workshop will introduce you to the Yuzen method of fabric dyeing, which symbolizes the beautiful and sophisticated Japanese dyeing world.

The Yuzen method uses a conical tube called Tsutsugawa to squeeze rice paste onto the material to make an “undyed area” on the fabric. The Yuzen method has a long history of over 500 years, but the lineage of dedicated Yuzen artisans has dwindled in recent times. We strongly think it is important to preserve this timeless craft for future generations. Join us in this immersive workshop, where you'll delve deep into Yuzen's rich history, learn its intricate techniques, and craft your very own Yuzen handkerchief as a testament to this traditional art.

This workshop is recommended for people who:

・Desire an encounter with a renowned Kimono craftsman
・Aspire to grasp the art of Kimono creation
・Seek insights into the rich history and techniques of Kimono craftsmanship


About your kimono concierge: Takayuki Kato
Mr. Kato is a professional dyer who was born in 1963 in Nakano Ward, Tokyo. He began his career as a dyeing artisan at the age of 15, so surprisingly, he carries out the entire Kimono dyeing process including design, by himself. Mr. Kato is renowned for crafting exquisite Kimonos, especially those showcased in Kabuki performances. Notably, he spearheaded the Kimono creation for the 1998 Nagano Olympics Ceremony and the 1985 International Exposition held in Tsukuba in Japan. Also, many super-famous designers love his Kimono. For example, Kansai Yamamoto asked him to make him his own Kimono about 20 years ago. In short, he is one of the most famous and popular Kimono craftsmen in Japan. The splendid Kimono captured in the image stands testament to his artistry, reflecting both its beauty and the intricate finesse of his Yuzen techniques. On the workshop, you can see his Kimono and you can take 15 mins Q&A session with him after the Yuzen experience.


Details of the experience:

① Yuzen's history and Yuzen methods (30 mins)
<Explanation by the instructor>
・What about Kimono making process?
・What is Yuzen and how about Yuzen’s history?
・What are and how to use Yuzen tools?
・Why he became a Kimono craftsman?

② Introducing the Kimonos Mr. Kato made (15 mins)

③ Experience of Coloring with Yuzen methods (105 mins)

④ Q&A session (30 mins)


・Experiencing special Kimono dyeing methods from first class Kimono craftsman
・Enjoying and learning the beautiful world of Kimono and Japanese dyeing
・Photographing your own Yuzen handkerchief


・The purpose of this workshop is to provide knowledge about Kimono making and Japanese dyeing, and to enjoy the experience, so there is no need to purchase the Kimono or dyeing tools for Yuzen after the workshop but if you like it, you can purchase the tools and the dyes by cash or credit card.
・The experience location is on the 6th floor, but it is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

  Price ¥13,000~

1 person:¥40,000 / person
2 people:¥20,000 / person
3-5 people:¥14,000 / person
6-15 people:¥13,000 / person

  Duration 3 hours
  Hours of availability

10:00-13:00 / 14:00-17:00


・Introduction to the Kimono making and Japanese dyeing culture

・Lecture and exhibition by a Kimono craftsman

・Experience of dyeing handkerchief with Yuzen methods

・Interpreter guide


・Food & drinks

・Hotel pick up & drop off

・Expenses other than the experience mentioned above

  Participants 1-15

Meeting Point

Dyeing studio in Asakusa
1-5-1 Kaminarimon, Taito City, Tokyo, 111-0034, Japan

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