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Japan Tour 1 – Study with Japan’s last practicing Arashi Shibori artist, Hayakawa, in his studio for 5-days.

May 17 - May 24

May 17 to May 24, 2024 | 8 days & 7 nights in Arimatsu-Nagoya| Arashi Shibori & Indigo with Kaei Hayakawa

An 8-days & 7 nights Travel for Workshops™ program in Arimatsu-Nagoya curated by Yoshiko I. Wada. This tour’s focus is Japan’s last practicing Arashi Shibori artist, Kaei Hayakawa, who will lead a 5-day Arashi and Ai (Sukumo indigo) workshop. Bilingual WSNF programs director, Tomoko Ferguson, will accompany the group throughout the program.

Join us for this intimate cultural and rare Arashi Shibori experience! Space is limited to a maximum of 10: 8 hands-on participants and 2 observers with access to Sukumo Vat Indigo Dying. 

During his 5-day intensive, hands-on workshop, Hayakawa-san will share with workshop participants the Arashi Shibori knowledge, skills, and aesthetics he holds dear. You will also have access to his robust Sukumo indigo vats. His vats produce the most incredible hues of blue as you will discover when you dye the nui-shibori work you do during down time. 

Arimatsu was established by the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and is known for its 400 years of shibori traditions. These traditions are evolving as Arimatsu artisans reimagine shibori for the contemporary world. You will have ample time to immerse yourself in the Arimatsu shibori community. 

Arrive in Nagoya, Japan, on 5/17/2024 in time for a local temple flea market on 5/18. The program ends in Nagoya on 5/24/2024. The Toyota Museum, which is dedicated to Japan’s recent textile industry history, the Tokugawa Shogun’s Family Museum, Nagoya Castle, and Tokoname pottery town visits are options for May 18. 

Cost for Travel for Workshops Japan Tour 1

May 17 to May 24, 2024 | 8 days & 7 nights 

$3000*: Includes a $500 fully tax-deductible donation to the World Shibori Network Foundation.

$1250: Participant fee for Arashi Shibori & Ai Workshop with Kaei Hayakawa with a bolt of yukata cloth and Japanese Sukumo indigo dye.

$600: Observer fee for Arashi Shibori & Ai Workshop with Kaei Hayakawa and access to Sukumo indigo vat and dyeing.

You have the option to choose between being a hands-on participant or observer in the Arashi Shibori–Ai Workshop. Costs will differ based on your choice. 

The cost covers all single occupancy accommodations, local ground transportation, and the most delicious local meals to complete your cultural experience (7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, and 6 Dinners). A maximum of 10 participants will be accompanied by Tomoko Ferguson, a bilingual WSNF program director, throughout the program. If you have a partner to share one bed, contact info[at]shibori.org for a discount.

*Airfare is not included. 

*To reserve your space on the tour and for the Arashi Workshop, please make the first payment of $1500 (half the tour cost) and the Workshop Participant OR Observer fee. A 3% fee will be added during checkout for credit card payments.

Questions? Please contact info[at]shibori.org with the subject line, “Travel for Workshops in Japan, Tour 1”




May 17
May 24
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