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October 14 – 19 | 6 days and 5 nights (depart Shirahama Onsen morning 20 October)
Kansai Airport (KIX) → Koya-san → Kumano Kodo → Shirahama
Deposit Payment to WSN $450.00 | Balance Payment to WSN Japan $1,625.00
Total Cost $2,075.00

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Updated July 17, 2019WSNJapan

To celebrate their 35th anniversary, Japan’s  Shibori Community will mount a major exhibition at the main temple Kongobuji on Mount Koya (Koya-san) 14 – 19 October, 2019. WSN’s Shibori MINI, which was well received at the 11th International Shibori Symposium (ISS) in Nagoya, will be featured along with large shibori art panels created by the members of Shibori Community, the artists group led by Mr. Kaei Hayakawa, artist and master arashi shibori artisan in Arimatsu.

WSN-Japan has organized a program, Shibori Exhibitions in Mount Koya, to celebrate the creativity and camaraderie of artists who share an interest in shibori and indigo dyeing. The program will explore Mount Koya and Kumano-kodo, an ancient pilgrimage route, (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites). The group will meet in Osaka 14 October and will be met by a program guide the morning of 15 October in the lobby of a hotel easily accessible from the Kansai Airport (KIX) in Osaka. The group will be escorted until the program ends the morning of 19 October in Shirahama Onsen (hot springs and beach). Please see arrival and departure information below to plan and extend your trip to Japan.

If you are interested in joining the program, the deadline for the temple accommodation booking is August 30. Please follow the registration links and make a deposit payment to secure your space. Deposit $450.00 is 80% refundable until July 30th, 2019.

Registration Deadline: August 30, 2019 




Point of contact for the program is Mr. Hiroshi Murase, Secretary General of WSN Japan, for further inquiries. World Shibori Network and Slow Fiber Studios in Berkeley, California are supporting their effort by creating the webpage, registration and deposit payment portal.

Slow Fiber Studios  | Japan | September – October 2019

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Pre-Main Tour:  September 16-22, 2019 (6 nights, 6 days)

Himeji  →  Shodoshima  →  Benesse House on Naoshima →  Kurashiki

Main Tour: 20 September – 07 October (17 nights, 17 days)

Himeji  →  Kurashiki  →  Omoricho  →  Izumo →  Matsue  →  Miyama →  Kyoto  →  Miho Museum →  Nagoya  →  Tokyo  →  Takasaki → Kiryu  → Nagoya

  • Old canal town to forgotten silver mine town, and grand Shinto shrine of Izumo and Ancient History Museum on the coast of the Sea of Japan
  • Thatched-roofed villages; visit a master indigo dyer, Buddhist temples,gardens, art museums, and contemporary design studios
  • Imperial Capital, Kyoto, to Shogunate Capital, Edo, now cosmopolitan Tokyo; handmade paper to pottery; and sericulture to textile mills
  • wide culinary experiences, including monks’ food, exquisite kaiseki, Bohemian fusion, sushi counter, and casual eateries
  • culminate your Japan experience by celebrating the Autumn Festival along the historic Tokaido highway with local friends .


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Recent Tours


Slow Fiber Studios Program | France | June-July, 2019
Paris · Loire Valley· Brittany
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Demonstrations by Michel Garcia
Led by Yoshiko I. Wada

Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, founder of Slow Fiber Studios and producer of the Natural Dye Workshop film series, the 2nd France Study Tour will explore Paris and the cultural regions of the Loire Valley and Brittany, inhabited by humans since the Lower Paleolithic Period.

Focus on some of the most precious textile works in history, including the Apocalypse Tapestry, a 600 year–old naturally dyed masterpiece spanning 140m. Gain a deeper understanding of European textile manufacturing, from medieval dyeing processes to the rise of industrial cotton mills and global trade, to Michel Garcia’s insights into modern organic chemistry. Join him at his new studio in Brittany as he continues his research and experimentation to unlock the mysteries of natural colors.


Slow Fiber Studios | China | May-June, 2019
Shanghai & Surrounds → Hangzhou →  Yi Autonomous Region
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Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, president of World Shibori Network, founder of Slow Fiber Studios, and co-chair of the 9th International Shibori Symposium with Dr. Zhao Feng at the CNSM, lead the 4th China Study Tour offered in three parts (Tours A, B, and C). Participants immersed in heritage art, contemporary design, regional craft, and remote cultures as they explored internationally influential cities in western China and remote ethnic sites in southwest regions. They visited the cities of Shanghai, Chongming, and Suzhou with highlights at Jin Ze Arts Centre on Tour A. In Tour B, the first Biennale of Natural Dyes (BoND) was held at the China National Silk Museum (CNSM) in Hangzhou. In Tour C, travelers explored first-hand the lives of minority groups in the Yi Minority Autonomous Region, including Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan.



Slow Fiber Studios Tour | India 2019
Ahmedabad ·  Bhuj · Kochi  ·  Munnar
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Led by textile scholar and Slow Fiber Studios founder Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, the 6th India Study Tour focused on local textile craft, inventive traditional and contemporary art, and historic architectural sites by traveling to some of India’s most vibrant cultural centers and natural beauty from  Rann of Kutch to Backwater of Kerala to Green Hills of Western Ghats.

We explored the contemporary art exhibitions at the Kochi-Muziris International Biennale; exchanged ideas and broadened our dyeing knowledge at the Natural Dye International Forum in Munnar; we visited with collectors, artists, and designers at their private homes and studios; wandered through the collections at key museums and galleries; engaged in hands-on workshops with local artisans; enjoyed local cuisine and overnight stays at traditional inns and historic haveli townhouses.


Slow Fiber Studios Tour | Japan 2017
Nagoya  ·  Kyoto  · Takasaki  ·  Kiryu  ·  Yonezawa  ·  Yamagata  ·  Tokyo
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Led by Slow Fiber Studios founder Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, this tour included visits to key cultural and textile centers including artisan studios in Arimatsu-Narumi, a neighborhood with over 400 years of history practicing traditional Japanese shibori dyeing; some of the last remaining sericulture farms and factories producing Japanese silk; and safflower dyeing museum in the Tōhoku region. Travelers were given the opportunity to visit artist’s homes and studios, unusual museums, gardens, and temples; engage in hands-on workshops with local artisans; and enjoy seasonal Japanese cuisine and unique traditional inns. The Post-Tour Extension focused on contemporary art and architecture and featured visits to unique and hard-to-reach art sites as well as stops along the Shōdoshima Island with Buddhist pilgrimage route.



Slow Fiber Studios Tour | India 2017
Delhi  ·  Rajasthan  ·  Gujurat  ·  Munnar  ·  Pollachi


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