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“Tonbo-dama” Glass Bead Making Experience

Melty and mysterious! Learn the traditional technique of transforming glass into beautiful “tonbo-dama” glass beads.

Operation Period

All year round. Held 5 days a week.

Time Required

About 1 hour and 30 minutes

Number of Participants



2,200 JPY– (tax included)

A “tonbo-dama” is a type of glass bead. In Japan, unique beads were widely used during the Edo period (1603-1868). These beads have a complex pattern on the surface, resembling the eyes of insects like a dragonfly. The beads came to be called “tonbo-dama” (In English, “tonbo” means “dragonfly” and “dama” means “bead”). For a time after the Edo period the use of these beads fell out of popularity and briefly disappeared, but in recent years there has been a revival for the “dragonfly bead” type of glass beads made in Japan to be known throughout the world.

In this experience, we will melt a number of colored glass rods in the middle of a flame to produce beads. Choose one pattern from among several types then create two beads with the same design. The first bead will be made together under the guidance of the instructors so you can learn the production process. The second bead will be made by yourself to the best of your ability so you can experience making the traditional craft from start to finish on your own. The completed glass beads can be made into accessories such as straps and necklaces. This is sure to be great memory of your trip.

The size of the beads to be made is about 1.2 cm in diameter. There are about 50 colors of glass rods for the material, so you are able to select and create your favorite color from the large selection. As for the production method, the glass rod melts in the flame coming out of the burner and quickly transforms shape into in a glass bead. You’ll be able to experience firsthand what the extraordinary craft of glass making is all about. Since the amount of glass to be melted is small, it is very safe. Furthermore, even children are able to experience this activity when accompanied by a guardian.

Experience Program Name“Tonbo-dama” Glass Bead Making Experience
Activity LocationGlass Studio Hatuki
Time RequiredAbout 1 hour and 30 minutes
Operation PeriodAll year round. Held 5 days a week.
Start TimeArrive at appointment time. Activity begins after reception process.
Minimum number of participants1people
Maximum number of participants6people
Reservation Deadline1 days before by 17:00
Important notes regarding participationParticipants must be 6 years or older.
“Tonbo-dama” Making Experience2,200 JPY (Tax included)
What is included in the priceMaking two ““tonbo-dama” beads.
What is not included in the priceMaterials fee to make the beads into accessories.
Method of PaymentPay cash on the day.
About cancellations and changesYou will be contacted by phone in case of cancellation.
Cancellation PolicyThe day of the experience: 100%(2,160 yen)
No show: 100%(2,160 yen)
Meeting Spot3-2-8 Takanohara, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 989-3216
Meeting Time10:00 and 14:00.
Access--By Public Transportation--
23-minute train ride from Sendai Station to Rikuzen-Ochiai Station (Senzan Line), then 10-minute taxi ride.

--By Car--
22-minute drive from JR Sendai Station.
Free parking available. Room for 3 or 4 cars.
Facility InformationRestroom.
Barrier-free AccessNo
About Guides and ToursExplanation by staff.
About multi-lingual supportJapanese/English/Other
With POCKETALK interpretation device.