Japan Tour 2 – Experience a retreat with workshops at Gungendo, and study with Hiroko Ando in her studio.
May 23 - June 4
May 23 to June 4, 2024 | 13 days & 12 nights
Iwami Ginzan Gungendo in Omori-cho, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Arimatsu:
Botanical Printing with Mayumi Fujio
Shibori & Indigo with Hiroko Ando
Arimatsu Shibori Festival
Kyoto: Shrine Market, Gardens, Temples, Shojin Ryori (Monk’s cuisine)
A 13-day Travel for Workshops™ program curated by Yoshiko I. Wada. The focus of this tour is a 4-day workshop retreat at Gungendo in Omori-cho and a 2-day Shibori & Indigo Workshop with Hiroko Ando in Arimatsu.
Omori-cho is a historic town north of Hiroshima, part of Iwami Ginzan, a historic silver mine and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is nestled in bucolic hills near the Japan Sea. Led by Tomi and Daikichi Matsuba, visionary entrepreneurs, the Omori-cho rural community of about 400 residents model a self-sustaining circular economy, their resourceful, industrious, and creative “waste nothing” lifestyle rooted in traditions of Japan’s Edo period when Japan was closed to the rest of the world.
Yoshiko I. Wada has partnered with Tomi Matsuba, the founder of Gungendo, to offer travelers of Tour 2 the choice to lodge in Takyo Abe-Ke, an exquisitely restored late 18th century Japanese home at Gugendo. Tomi plans every detail of the house and the guest’s visit to offer an enchanting and inspiring experience–a rare taste of a traditional rural and sustainable Japanese lifestyle. “If you live each day surrounded by beauty, then your entire life becomes beautiful.” –Watch the NHK interview with Tomi Matsuba.
Hands-on workshops offered at the Gungendo venue: Boro, Sashiko, & Mending, Botanical Printing, and Cooking.
Back in Arimatsu, we will have the privilege to study shibori and indigo with Hiroko Ando at her studio. She is a grand master of shibori and indigo dying and author of the book, The Complete Japanese Tie-Dying.
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’ll celebrate the town’s long shibori history at the annual Arimatsu Shibori Festival along with Arimatsu residents and visitors from throughout Japan.
This tour also includes Hiroshima Genbaku Dome, the Simose Art Museum by Shigeru Ban, and much to see and experience in Kyoto. You will be accompanied by two bilingual WSNF staff throughout the program.
Cost for Travel for Workshops™ Japan Tour 2:
$7000*: Includes a $1000 fully tax-deductible donation to the World Shibori Network Foundation.
$500: A supplemental fee to stay at the Takyo Abe-Ke, the exquisitely restored 18th century Japanese home with daily organic breakfast. Standard stay without supplemental fee is at an accommodation in town with a daily breakfast. For questions and additional details on lodging, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost covers all accommodations, local ground transportation, and the most delicious local meals to complete your cultural experience (12 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, and 11 Dinners). Maximum 20 participants, Single occupancy except for the 5-night stay in Omoricho. If you have a partner to share one bed, contact info[at]shibori.org for a discount (does not apply to Omori-cho).
*Airfare is not included in the tour cost.
*To reserve your space on the tour, please make the first payment of $3500 (half the tour cost). To reserve your space at Takyo Abe-Ke house, please pay the $500 supplemental 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 2”