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Traditional Japanese Woodblock Print "Ukiyo-e" in Asakusa

Taito City, Japan

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Try your hand at ‘Ukiyo-e,’ the traditional Japanese art of woodblock printing, during this family-friendly class in Asakusa. Follow the lead of an English-speaking woodblock master as you learn the skills and techniques of this art form dating to Japan’s Edo period in a studio with decades of printmaking experience. Leave your session with new knowledge, plus a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
  • Take a class on 'Ukiyo-e,' Japan's traditional woodblock print art
  • Learn from the best at a shop with decades of woodblock printmaking experience
  • Get an introduction to the history of this famous art form, which dates to Japan's Edo period (1603-1868)
  • Leave class with a one-of-a-kind souvenir woodblock print
  • Trip pricing varies depending on number of participants
  • Great excursion for families and children
Head to the woodblock studio in Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood for your session, picking between a range of morning and afternoon start times. Over the course of your class, learn the skills of ‘Ukiyo-e,’ a traditional woodblock print style that dates to Japan’s Edo era (1603-1868).

During your lesson, follow the lead of the studio’s helpful instructors as they explain the intricacies of creating your own woodblock print masterpiece. Prepare a carved woodblock with a series of water-based pigments and brushes, applying your selections to a moistened paper.

As you work on your personal masterpiece, make sure to also take a look at the projects currently underway by the shop’s professional woodblock print master, and admire the prints on display in the shop’s exhibition space. Leave class with a one-of-a-kind woodblock artwork commemorating your experience.
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Mokuhankan (Japanese woodblock prints and more)
Make your own woodblock print in a one-hour session in Asakusa workshop! This facility has decades of experience at coaching people through the process of making a woodblock print. Their system is not 'Print- making for Dummies', but the method they have created gives excellent results, even for people without previous experience. Come as you are (shop aprons are provided) and because traditional woodblock printmaking uses no dangerous chemicals or fumes, it's completely safe your kids can also join the party (school age and up, please...) It's great fun watching the colors build up one-by-one as your finished print comes to life!
Duration: 1 hour 
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What is the maximum group size during Traditional Japanese Woodblock Print "Ukiyo-e" in Asakusa?
This activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers.

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Great Workshop to Learn and Appreciate the Art of Ukiyo-e
, Mar 2020
This is a great workshop, not only to introduce ukiyo-e technique, but also how to appreciate the handmade qualities of ukiyo-e print making. The instructors were all very knowledgeable about the entire craft, from how tools are made, to printing techniques. The shop is also a wonderful treasure trove of ukiyo-e prints to appreciate.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm glad you had a good experience. We hope to see you again for another visit in the future^^
A Cultural And Educational Tour
, Feb 2020
This class was very insightful. It was interesting to see a style of mass producing print that relies almost completely on man power and yet is still quick and highly detailed. The instructors who ran the class were able to explain the process clearly in English and even took the time to help me with my admittedly bad Japanese. Great class for anyone interested in traditional art or production.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for your comment^^ We're glad you had a great experience! We wish the rest of your journey in Japan to be a fruitful one!
The Incredible 'labour of love' in Japanese Woodblock printing
Hani V
, Sep 2019
Ukiyo-e is Japanese for picture[s] of the floating world. For my first visit to Tokyo, I wanted to experience the traditional crafts and arts that mostly represent Japanese traditions. And I'm glad I picked Ukiyo-e! I refer to it as a labour of love because of the incredible extent of dedication, passion and patience required to engage in this activity. The studio is located in the heart of Asakusa: the buzzing district in Tokyo where the Senso-ji temple is, surrounded by pretty much everything you need to know about Japanese tradition. The process of printing one single sheet (A4 paper in my case) takes you through several woodblocks, each representing a 'layer' of the painting. The instructor carefully guided me through all the stages, while explaining the historical and artistic background related to the painting. I was really proud of myself and went home with this astonishing print of 'The great wave off Kanagawa' . This is a great experience and a true deep dive into one of Japan's most traditional art-forms. I would recommend it to anyone who is visiting Tokyo, who are keen to have a proper hands-on approach to Ukiyo-e.
Great experience
Jerry M
, Mar 2019
Having no experience in block printing or art. The staff made this experience a wonderfully fun time and a great souvenir was made. You got to understand how difficult it is to make a wood block print
This experience was a lot of fun! I...
Stephanie B
, Nov 2017
This experience was a lot of fun! I was the only one there, so I had a personalized lesson and plenty of time to learn to do it right. :-
I went with my 14 yo daughter who...
, Apr 2017
I went with my 14 yo daughter who likes all sort of art. We enjoyed it very much and David, the artist/owner is such a nice person as is his assistant. You can spend then a couple of hours discovering the veri interesting area around the studio.

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