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Make a Brooch from Kimono Fabric in a Cafe
Choose your favorite fabric from the thousands of colorful kimono pieces and create a one-of-a-kind brooch. Interact with the heart of upcycling, which is linked to the town’s history of sericulture. Bring home a souvenir representing “the unique beauty of Japan.” After creating your accessory, enjoy a drink and baked good from the café menu.
All year round, weekdays only. (Excludes Saturdays, Sundays, and weekday holidays).
About 1 hour.
Number of Participants
Create a one-of-a-kind brooch accessory from kimono fabric selected from thousands of pieces. Learn about the recycling culture passed down in Japan, the current state of clothing recycling, and Kissho patterns in kimono fabric. To commemorate your trip to Japan, create a one-of-a-kind Japanese beauty to take home as a souvenir. After you enjoy the production work, enjoy your favorite drinks and baked goods from the cafe menu.
１．Learn about the upcycling culture and spirit of Japan
２．Study the meaning and beauty of ancient Japanese patterns
３．Select your kimono fabric
４．Create your brooch
５．Enjoy tea time (drink & baked good)
６．Select the pattern of your FUGURO (kimono fabric purse) souvenir
Watari once flourished as a town for silk manufacturing, or sericulture. Some sericulture farmers began by spinning thread from cocoons, then weaving bolts of fabric and tailoring these into kimonos. It may be a result of this history that the elderly women of the town retain the habit of carefully keeping fabric remnants from kimonos and other clothes. The people of Watari have cultivated a mindset of valuing remnants: “Don’t throw away a piece of fabric big enough to wrap three red beans.” Impressed by this sentiment, Watalis began its upcycle initiative. Kimonos sleeping in chests of drawers are reborn as cute accessories, and, with their value enhanced, are once again treasured.
Even before the word “upcycle” was born, the people of Watari naturally continued such efforts. Join this workshop to encounter the spirit of the Watari women who treasure small fabric remnants from throughout Japan.
|Experience Program Name||Make a Brooch from Kimono Fabric in a Cafe|
|Activity Location||Atelier & Cafe Nakamachi Cafe|
|Operator Name||WATALIS Co., Ltd.|
|Time Required||About 1 hour.|
|Operation Period||All year round, weekdays only. (Excludes Saturdays, Sundays, and weekday holidays).|
|Start Time||10:00~15:00 Please select the desired time when you apply.|
|Minimum number of participants||2people|
|Maximum number of participants||10people|
|Reservation Deadline||7 days before by 15:00|
|About suspension of the activity||In case of cancellation, you will be contacted by the organizer.|
|Important notes regarding participation||・Participants should be aged 10 or older. (If participant under 10 wishes to join, please consult in advance.)|
・Application Deadline:５business days in advance by 15:00.
|What is included in the price||Experience fee, materials cost, handicraft tool rental fee, instruction fee, drink fee, baked goods fee, souvenir (kimono fabric purse FUGURO + your favorite color lip balm), consumption tax.|
|Method of Payment||Please pay by cash or card payment on the day. (Available cards: Visa, Master Card...)|
Electronic money available (Suica, iD, LINE Pay...)
|About cancellations and changes||If you wish to cancel or change your reservation, please contact us immediately. Requests for changes may not be available depending on the time and reservation situation.|
|Cancellation Policy||・5～3 days before: 20％|
・2 days before: 50％
・Same day: 100％
|Special Gift||Souvenir (your favorite color kimono fabric purse FUGURO + lip balm).|
|Meeting Spot||22 Azanakamachi, Watari-cho, Watari-gun 989-2351 |
|Meeting Time||Please come by your reserved time.|
|Access||＜By Public Transportation＞ |
12-minute walk from JR Watari Station (Joban Line)
10-minute drive from Joban Expressway Watari
Room for 10 cars, no reservation required, free.
|Facility Information||Restroom, small item gift shop gallery.|
|About Guides and Tours||Staff will lead the experience.|
|About multi-lingual support||Japanese|
Support is available if accompanied by interpreters.