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Mansagama-pottery wheel experience-

Mansagama-pottery wheel experience-

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Why don’t you make your own unique souvenir of Kyoto. For yourself, for your loved ones, you can make personalized cup or bowl. And you can choose the color you like. We’ll bake your work. It takes about 3weeks. But don’t worry, we’ll ship it to your doorstep.your work will pleasantly surprise you and remind you of your travel.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$17.65
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$17.65
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Japanese Tea Ceremony (Group session)

Japanese Tea Ceremony (Group session)

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The Japanese Tea Ceremony Workshop, theory and practice, is conducted by licensed tea masters and is unique in Kyoto. It is set in the Grand Tea Room inside the Jotokuji Temple just 3 minutes walk from Gojo station, or 15 minutes walk from Kyoto station. The ceremony starts with a tour of the Temple followed by the explanation of the history and cultural importance of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It is educational and enable you to understand the modesty of the Japanese character. The artistic ceremony is performed by the licensed Tea Master and many visitors refer to it as mesmerising. You will then practice the making of the matcha tea by yourself under the guidance of the Tea Master. You will receive a souvenir certificate of attendance after about two weeks.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.84
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$29.84
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Learn Japanese guitar

Learn Japanese guitar "Shamisen"

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This experience can enjoy traditional music, culture and architecture at the same time. Shamisen is a Japanese traditional instrument that resembles a guitar. The sounds play by the three strings are very beautiful and cool. It's a bit difficult, but everyone will surely feel fun. I will teach you how to play a Syamisen. Since I teach it from the basics, even a beginner is fine. We will practice the traditional Japanese song. Finally, you play the Shamisen duo with me. If you can play it well, you can do an ensemble of your shamisen and my koto. Let's try it! After the experience, it is tea time with green tea and traditional sweets. While enjoying drinking tea, you can enjoy traditional Japanese manners. The venue is a very precious traditional Kyoto architectural residence. Because it is a private residence, travelers can not usually enter. Only experience guests can enter the house specially.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.54
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$73.54
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Braid Your Own Japanese Traditional Cross Knot, 'Kano Musubi' in Kyoto

Braid Your Own Japanese Traditional Cross Knot, 'Kano Musubi' in Kyoto

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Let's experience "Kano Musubi" with traditional Japanese Kumihimo braids! "Kano Musubi" is a knotting method of famous Kumihimo braids. "Kano Musubi" forms the shape of Chinese character "叶" which means that a wish comes true. Having such a lovely meaning, "Kano Musubi" is often used to close the opening of amulet cases given at the shrines. Select two colors each for you braid and stone. After completion, you can use it as a bag ornament or a key chain. As our cheerful staff will guide you carefully, beginners are welcome as well!
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  • 45 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.41
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$38.41
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Japanese Pottery Lesson in Kyoto

Japanese Pottery Lesson in Kyoto

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Experience Japanese pottery lessons at the Kiyomizudera Studio that is located near the famous Kiyomizu Temple, just next to the five-story pagoda “Yasaka-No-Tou” (Yasaka Pagoda). In the midst of the historical gem that is Kyoto, you will learn to create Japanese pottery as a true artisan would.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.27
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Craft a Kiyomizu Souvenir Cup in 30 Minutes

Craft a Kiyomizu Souvenir Cup in 30 Minutes

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Rather than just visiting Kiyomizu-dera, one of Kyoto’s most popular temples, make contact with traditional Japanese culture during a ceramics session. You’ll learn about the centuries-old craft of kiyomizu-yaki (pottery making), and use an electric potter’s wheel to shape your own original, handmade cup. Plus, the option to ship your souvenir to your home country removes the hassle of transporting fragile goods. 
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  • 30 minutes
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$24.81
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$24.81
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Kimono Wearing Experience-Fun to Wear Wearing-Fun to Know-

Kimono Wearing Experience-Fun to Wear Wearing-Fun to Know-

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プ ラ イ ベ ー ト Private lessons! The instructor will support you carefully! ! 資格 Qualified instructors will support you at your own pace according to your needs. 場合 If you bring your own kimono, no troublesome return work is required! 〇Because all things related to dressing will be rented free of charge, don't you feel at ease and feel free to start the first step of the kimono? ○ On the second floor of the Kyomachiya, you can experience dressing up slowly な が ら You can enjoy the leisurely dressing experience while feeling the local life of Kyoto which is different from the sightseeing spot. * You can access Arashiyama, Kinkakuji, Gion, etc. with a single train, so please consult with the staff of more than 30 years in Kyoto planning your trip!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.06
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$32.06
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Cultural Immersion & Childcare (Kyoto with Kids Club - Family Experience Japan)

Cultural Immersion & Childcare (Kyoto with Kids Club - Family Experience Japan)

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Your child will get to experience different Japanese cultural activities during their time with us. Our friendly, English speaking staff will take care of your child. While your kids are with us, parents can enjoy sightseeing in a more relaxed manner. Local kids may join sometimes! Your kids can make friends with local kids and enjoy playing with kids from Japan. We have a morning class and an afternoon class. You can choose one or both!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$226.51
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$226.51
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Electric Potter's Wheel Experience in Kyoto: Make Your Own Souvenir

Electric Potter's Wheel Experience in Kyoto: Make Your Own Souvenir

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Kyoto is known for its ancient traditions and magnificent craftsmanship, and on this experience, you’ll learn the basics of pottery from highly skilled pottery artists. You won’t have to worry about bringing anything with you as all materials and equipment are provided. If you’ve never tried pottery before, you’ll be put at ease, as your instructor will demonstrate, then assist you in your own pottery experience. Choose what object you make, pick custom glazes, and you can even choose to have your pottery delivered to you.
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  • 40 minutes
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$36.13
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$36.13
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Japanese Origami (Paper Folding) Workshop Kyoto MAIKOYA

Japanese Origami (Paper Folding) Workshop Kyoto MAIKOYA

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*Create fantastic memories of your trip to Japan *Opportunities for taking photographs will be highlighted throughout *Special experience of Japanese culture *Enjoyable experience with children *Learning about the history of Japanese culture
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.20
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Koto lessons for music lover

Koto lessons for music lover

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Ⅼearn traditional musical instrument Koto that have been around for about 350 years. The instructor is a professional musician with 27 years of teaching. In one hour, you will be able to play the famous Japanese song 'Sakura' and enjoy the ensemble. After that, I use the rest of the time to teach various unique techniques. The venue is a very precious traditional Kyoto architectural residence. Because it is a private residence, travelers can not usually enter. Only experience guests can enter the house specially. You can see the beautiful view of Nijo Castle from the window of the lesson room. After the experience, we will offer green tea and traditional Kyoto seasonal sweets.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.54
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$73.54

Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Ebi-kago

Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Ebi-kago

Enjoy the experience of making a bamboo basket for your own in a 2-hour instructed workshop. The bamboo basket you will be making is a traditional craft, passed down to present day, made by hand.  The ebi basket has a diameter of 13 cm and an opening of 9 cm. You can use it for various purposes such as accessories. You can take your bamboo basket back home on the day you make it. Hotel pickup and drop-off is not included: you will meet at the workshop in Kyoto.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.41
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$80.41

Workshop to Make Your Original Notebook

Workshop to Make Your Original Notebook

【Outline】 &PAPERS is run by the studio producing paper-covered boxes, established 100 years ago in Kyoto. While following the tradition, they like to harmonize it with craftsmanship focusing on amusement for further development. In this workshop, you can make your notebook with the original paper from Kyoto. After the experience, enjoy shopping at the gift shop and have lunch or a light meal at the cafe in the studio.。 【Highlights】 1. Customize the covers, paper, ring, and clip as you like and create your notebook easy to use 2. Have a name pressed on the cover to make it very original. A nice souvenir for your friend or family 3. The original washi paper from Kyoto, carefully hand-printed at the Yuzen-print paper studio *Yuzen is a Japanese dyeing method for fabrics, popular with its colorful and refined patterns 4. The covers made carefully by the craftsmen at the Kyoto studio, applying the traditional technique of creating paper-covered boxes
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  • 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.36
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$45.36
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Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Workshop in Kyoto (optional Wheel Throwing)

Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Workshop in Kyoto (optional Wheel Throwing)

Kiyomiuzu-yaki (Kiyomizu-ware) is one of great traditional crafts in Kyoto. Kiyomizu-yaki has developed from the Japanese tea ceremony and has supported Kyoto's tradition in various ways. This program allows you to observe Kiyomizu-yaki making process by master craftsmen. You'll visit a pottery workshop located in Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi in Kyoto's Yamashina area, a region known for its Kiyomizu-yaki and Kyo-yaki ceramics. This house is well known for its kiln as it has extraordinary earthenware’s color which deepens over time. Their ceramics are acknowledged and beloved around the world. You'll be guided carefully by one of pottery masters. Have fun while being guided whole process at one of the foremost producer of Kiyomizu-yaki. After the visit, you'll have a chance to see many beautiful Kiyomizuyaki wares and you can enjoy shopping. If you wish, you can try wheel throwing after having detailed explanations from the master (different price).
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$365.98
Price varies by group size
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$365.98
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Experience a Traditional Japanese Doll Workshop in Kyoto

Experience a Traditional Japanese Doll Workshop in Kyoto

*OUTLINE Make, feel, and learn about Japanese dolls. Let's bring back great memories! Experience and learn dressing traditional Japanese dolls, in a workshop with more than 100 years of history!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$585.70
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$585.70
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Clear your mind with Calligraphy Experience in Kyoto

Clear your mind with Calligraphy Experience in Kyoto

Calligraphy expresses your personality, and it gives insight into your way of life. It touches the heart and clears the mind. This experience is not only about drawing calligraphy. You'll also learn about its background and the history of the Japanese language.
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  • 45 minutes
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$34.19
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$34.19
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Painting Experience-Fun to Draw, Fun to Create-

Painting Experience-Fun to Draw, Fun to Create-

 Flow of plan 1 Greetings, explanation of how to use the brush (5 minutes) 2 paper sketches & practice (10 minutes)  (For foreigners, call on a calligraphy experience where you write your name in Japanese. Please take it home as a work.) Let's draw on 3 fabrics! Combine your favorite color (40 minutes) 4We do heat treatment and give work on the spot (5 minutes) Let's draw your favorite character and picture freely with your favorite color! There are no rules for producing works! Let's enjoy it at will, totally freely! Of course, if there is a consultation such as "what kind of design is good", the staff will be happy to support you, so please rest assured. With a small number of people, please enjoy the production slowly. You can sit in the chair and enjoy painting at your own pace in the renovated Kyomachiya store. After the experience, heat treatment on the spot, so you can take your work home.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.97
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$26.97
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Furoshiki experience in Kyoto MAIKOYA

Furoshiki experience in Kyoto MAIKOYA

Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend a day than learning a traditional, beautiful new activity with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn’t find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendor. Children must be accompanied by an adult Adult pricing applies to all travelers
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.20
Price varies by group size
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$35.20
Price varies by group size
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Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Yorozu-kago

Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Yorozu-kago

With thick, shrine-filled bamboo forests surrounding Kyoto, it is little wonder that bamboo is an integral part of Kyoto craft traditions. During this hands-on workshop, you’ll receive one-on-one instruction in traditional bamboo basket-making. Learn how to braid bamboo strips and take part in one of the city’s most cherished living traditions. All materials are included, and you can take home your new creation.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.41
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Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Hana-kago

Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Hana-kago

Get more out of your time in Japan by learning new skills—how to make a bamboo basket. This workshop is a hands-on experience where you’ll learn how to braid bamboo and make a basket. You won’t have to worry about purchasing materials, as all equipment and materials are provided. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to take your basket home with you as a souvenir.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.54
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The Class for making a bamboo teaspoon

The Class for making a bamboo teaspoon

Enjoy the experience of making a  bamboo teaspoon for your own in a 2-hour instructed workshop. The bamboo teaspoon you will be making is a traditional craft, passed down to present day, made by hand.  You can take your teaspoon back home on the day you make it. Please make a reservation by one day before the visit.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.54
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Maiko's Kyoto dance appreciation 30 minutes course

Maiko's Kyoto dance appreciation 30 minutes course

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① You can meet a real maiko that you will not easily meet! ② There is a gift of “Sensha Bill”, a mascot of Maiko's business card! ③ You can shoot two shots next to the maiko! ④Speaking of maiko, Kyoto dance! 流 The school is different depending on the flower district, so it's interesting to watch! 直接 You can listen directly to the Maiko's daily schedule and why she became a Maiko! ⑥You can enjoy the “Ojiki play” where the maiko is playing in the parlor!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.57
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Zen Meditation for Life in Kyoto

Zen Meditation for Life in Kyoto

Kyoto has been the principal home of Zen since its introduction to Japan from China at the beginning of the 13th century. Kyoto is therefore rightly famous for its Zen-influenced gardens, etc. However, the heart of Zen is the practice of meditation, for meditation is the very meaning of the word “Zen.” Given this, it is ironic there are so few opportunities for short-term visitors to Kyoto to have more than a brief introduction to Zen meditation while visiting Zen temples. Thus, this workshop is unique in providing an extended, in-depth introduction to both the theory and practice of meditation (zazen) under the guidance of American-born, Sōtō Zen Buddhist priest and scholar Rev. Dr. Brian Victoria. Rev. Victoria will introduce you to both the theory and practice of Zen meditation, employing traditional meditation cushions (or chairs if needed) in a private meditation hall. By workshop completion, participants will become confident in their ability to continue meditating on their own.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.88
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$119.88

Kyoto Tea Ceremony with historical kimono experience with lecture

Kyoto Tea Ceremony with historical kimono experience with lecture

Saganokan, found 120 years ago in Kyoto presents Japanese Tea ceremony and Kyoto history and kimono lectures with kimono experience at the central of Kyoto.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.49
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