Japanese Stencil Dyeing Tour
Tour Code : TPT00018 | Tour Type : Cultural Tours
About this Tour
Introducing a new package tour combining 2 hours of semi custom-made Tokyo sightseeing trip with “Edo Komon” Stencil Dyeing experience!
About “Edo Komon/Stencil Dyeing”
We offer a unique hands-on experience of making “Edo Komon”, traditional textiles made popular during the Edo-period about 400 years ago. The term “Komon” usually refers to a type of Kimono with small-scale repeat patterns that are dyed into textiles. Although intricacy of patterns is often hard to see from afar, there are so many varieties of patterns available with special significance behind each ones.
The origin of Edo Komon goes back to the early Edo period when dying kamishimo, a formal samurai attire, started. As the merchants’ culture in the mid Edo period developed, Komon became widely accepted by the general public beyond social class. Typical dyeing methods include a technique similar to stenciling, utilizing a color paste dubbed onto paper patterns that are carved into specific designs. The process seems simple, but in reality, it requires refined skills and extensive experience to perfect the aptitude.
During your tour, you will have hands-on experience of making placemats with traditional Komon techniques. Please join us in this unique tour to make your own traditional crafts in a historic shop built in 1914, reminiscent of the bygone era!
* Your chauffeur will serve as a translator between you and your stencil instructor during the dyeing experience session;
*No minimum number of attendees (one person reservation welcomed)
*You can also purchase authentic Edo Komon during the tour
Popular sightseeing spots after dyeing trial session
• Kagurazaka – a town reminiscent of Edo-period, full of adoring alley ways and small markets
• Shinjuku Metropolitan Government Building – offering popular observatory for Tokyo’s skyline
• Chinzanso Hotel Japanese Garden – Relaxing in a serene Japanese garden