Activities - Arts & Crafts

Mizuhiki Lesson
Iida Furusato Mizuhiki Industrial Arts Hall : ふるさと水引工芸館

Learn the Fine points of Mizuhiki in Iida, Birthplace of This Distinct Craft.

Southern Nagano


Description

Japan has a highly developed tradition of giftwrapping, with an ornate system of tying the gifts with decorative cords called "Mizuhiki". Iida City is the center of Mizuhiki production in Japan, and at the Iida Furusato Mizuhiki Industrial Arts Hall, you can see how intricate the Mizuhiki world is. To further appreciate this cord art heritage, you can take a lesson on how to tie Mizuhiki.


Recommendation

The Iida Furusato Mizuhiki Industrial Arts Hall is dedicated to preserving the tradition of Mizuhiki, Japan's paper cord art tradition. The craft has historically been centered around Nagano's Iida City. The center features displays of over 1000 mizuhiki items, including some offered for sale. There is even a life-sized wedding dress made entirely of Mizuhiki. In addition, there are Mizuhiki-making demonstrations by master craftsmen. Classes are also for learning the techniques to make Mizuhiki yourself. Sample programs as follows:
Cell phone strap: 650 yen, 40 min (suitable for elementary age and older)
Chopstick holder: 400 yen, 15 min (from elementary age thru adult)
Promise Ring: 400 yen, 30 min (from elementary age and older)


Details

  •  20
  •  10
  •  40 people
Hours :
8:30-17:00 
Date(s) :
Open daily throughout the year. 
Cost / Price of Admission :
As above  
Time Required :
+15 min 
Reservations :
Required(Required) 
# of Participants :
1-40 
Foreign Languages :
 (Interpreter required.) 
Luggage Storage :
Available 

Notes

Instruction is only in Japanese, but instructors are used to teaching non-Japanese speakers.


Contact

tel : +81(0)265-25-5222   fax : +81(0)265-25-3724   e-mail   Official site


Access/Location

By Train
From Iida Station(JR Iida Line), 15 min. by taxi
By Car
From Iida IC, Go west on Route 153 to Iida Inter Nishi signal. Turn left at the Nakamura signal, go under the expressway and the Center will be on the left (2.9km, 6 min.).
Address
1287 Nakamura, Iida 395-0156

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