Hiroshima Lacquer Studio Tour & Workshop With a Gift

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Duration
2 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 6 guests
Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible, Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly
Language
English
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Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Rain or shine, Has a gift, No strollers, Near station, Shopping time
Gain insight into the fascinating world of contemporary Japanese lacquerware from a master of the craft in this lacquerware painting workshop and studio tour only a few minutes from Hiroshima Station.
Highlights
Step into the studio of leading contemporary lacquerware master Naoya Takayama and gain unique insights into the craft in this unique workshop in Hiroshima
Tour the artist’s studio and see his original creations, methods, and materials
Explore your creativity through a lacquer painting experience guided by Takayama
Receive a special gift crafted by Takayama
Takayama’s studio is less than 15 minutes from Hiroshima Station by public transportation
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Heads of state who attended the G7 Hiroshima Summit 2023 and their spouses were given gifts befitting the occasion. The city mayor offered them a sake drinking set with an elegant dove-shaped vessel symbolizing peace covered with a patina of lacquer meant to vary in color over time, much like the Seto Inland Sea it was inspired by. The Japanese Prime Minister’s wife opted for Akebono, a set of bowls with red and black gradation echoing the break of dawn and the start of a new day. Both lacquerware gifts endowed to presidents, prime ministers, and their families were a mesmerizing display of craftsmanship by the hand of Hiroshima artist Naoya Takayama. Born into a family of several generations of Buddhist altar artisans, Naoya Takayama learned about lacquer painting by studying Kyoto techniques and incorporating roiro (wax color) to create original pieces. His sleek silhouettes and delicate coatings have earned him multiple accolades and established him as a contemporary master of Japanese lacquerware. This workshop in Hiroshima provides a unique opportunity to learn from Takayama’s refined artistry. He will welcome you into his studio for an intimate journey through the history and culture of Japanese lacquerware where you will learn about his original creations, inspirations, and techniques. You will also explore your own artistic talents by molding lacquer under Takayama's careful guidance. By the end of the experience, you will receive a uniquely beautiful gift crafted by Takayama.
Inclusions
Instruction from lacquerware master Naoya Takayama and interpreter fee
Lacquerware fee including tools and materials
Studio tour
Souvenir fee
Insurance
Exclusions
Additional purchases available onsite
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet your host at the lacquerware studio, about 10 minutes by bus or 12 minutes by train from Hiroshima Station. Address: 2-17 Horikawacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima A Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Remarks
Please make sure to arrive on time
Guests of all levels of lacquerware skill can participate in this experience (no previous knowledge is required)
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

Tucked to the south of Honshu between the Chugoku Mountains and the Seto Inland Sea, the humble Hiroshima Prefecture is known for its oysters and freshwater eel, as well as local okonomiyaki and sake produced in the revitalized capital of Hiroshima.
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Earliest available date: July 1, 2024
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals