October 24 - November 4, 2020
In 1978; Janine, Co-owner of the Guild went to live in Japan, she was 15 years old. She returned to Australia two years later to continue her studies in Japanese Language and Culture. On this tour Janine will share with you an insider’s view of Japan with a focus on the making and exploration of Japanese textiles and ceramics.
You will discover Japanese ceramics, meeting and working with Japanese makers, we participate in a Shibori dying class and you will have the opportunity to learn Japanese wood block printing. You will see some of Japan’s most magnificent gardens, eat in local restaurants, meditate in 800 year old temples and wash away that 21st century grime in a traditional onsen.
In Tokyo we will explore some of Japan’s most notable, wander around Harujiku and Omotesando; a location widely regarded for its contemporary architecture.
The hustle and bustle of Tokyo will be followed by time spent in the tranquil cities of Kyoto and Kanazawa where will visit famous gardens and spend time with makers in their studios Shibori dying and ceramics. Our days of making will intersect with visits to glorious UNESCO listed temples wandering through the old town of Kyoto and visiting a Geisha house.
From Kyoto we will take a day trip to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Museum, a testament to the resilience of the Japanese. After which we head across the mountains to Okayama and Bizen, a centre of pottery since medieval times. Finally, we travel to Hagi where will get to indulge our senses in a famous Japanese onsen.
We’ve got this! All you need to do is book your airfare or get our travel agent to do it and come along. We’ve included everything other than your airfares, alcohol and beverages and your spa treatments. There is a maximum of 8 people on our tours and all tours are accompanied by two guides. Price per person.