Craft Workshop for Elementary and Junior High School Students

2019.09.07 [SAT]

This is a workshop for elementary and junior high school students by traditional industry craftspeople.


◇The appeal of traditional crafts and traditional techniques (1:00–5:00 pm)


◇Craft Workshop for Elementary and Junior High School Students (reservations required)

Part 1: 1:00–2:30 pm

Painting handkerchiefs using the Kyo-yuzen (dye) technique

Part 2: 3:00–5:00 pm

Making a photo frame and holder using Kyo-tatami (mat) and Kyoto metal crafting techniques



Kyo-yuzen, Masashige Uenaka

Masashige Uenaka was born in Kyoto in 1972. As a child he loved to draw, and as his father was also a craftsman, by the time he graduated from junior high school he naturally came to want to paint on kimono. He graduated from the Japanese painting program of the Kyoto City Dohda Senior High School of Arts in 1991, then studied under Tokio Hata, owner of the title “living national treasure” for yuzen, an important intangible cultural property. After 13 years of training, he started his own business in 2004. He became a certified craftsman for Kyo-yuzen in 2013.


Kyo-tatami, Shigeki Oota

Shigeki Oota spent his childhood helping his father (his teacher) and learning about tatami mats.

He traveled overseas where there were no machines and completed a tatami mat entirely by hand to the surprise and acclaim of the locals.

He is also active in conserving the production of high quality materials. He travels to Kumamoto Prefecture, the production area of tatami straw, several times a year to monitor the national production as it declines along with the tatami mat market.

His favorite saying is “fueki ryuko” (both fluid and eternal). He highly values traditional techniques passed down from ancient times, but at the same time makes an effort to acquire new technologies in order to adapt to the ever-changing tatami mat industry.

His specialty is decorative tatami mats using Nishijin kinran (gold thread textiles), a specialty product of his hometown Nishijin, Kyoto.

His work is wide-ranging, from tatami mats for religious ceremonies of temples and shrines, to unframed mats for regular households (not shown here).


Decorative metal, Tatsuya Kobayashi

Tatsuya Kobayashi produces decorative metal for ritual and Buddhist equipment.

He works in every size, from large pieces installed in shrines and temples, to small items for home altars. He creates folding screens, hanging scrolls, sword accessories, kimono accessories like hairpins and obi fasteners, and crafts. He also takes commissions to repair cultural properties.

He completes almost every process himself, rather than pursuing division of labor, and this allows him to efficiently respond to diverse needs of clients.

He continues to hone his skills, aiming for the golden age of high-level skill at the end of the Edo period and throughout the Meiji era. He also utilizes modern techniques to create one-of-a-kind, unique pieces.

●Time: Sep. 7, 2019 (Sat) 13:00 – 5:00 pm


●Venue: Kyoto Keizai Center Open Innovation Caffe “KOIN”

Kyoto Keizai Center – floor 3,78 Kankobokocho Shimogyo-ku,
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu 600-8009,Japan


●Inquiries and reservations

Kyoto Wisdom Industry Creation Center (Person in charge: Naradate,Yukawa)



●Main Sponsor: Kyoto Wisdom Industry Creation Center,

Hibiki, a young craftsmen group certified by Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture