Traditional Japanese Craft Workshop at Suntory Museum of Art

For those interested in traditional arts and crafts, Suntory Museum of Art is hosting an English-language workshop focusing on urushi (lacquerware) on October 29th. Held in cooperation with The Japan Kogei Association, the workshop will be led by Murose Kazumi, an urushi artist who is designated a “Living National Treasure” of Japan for his knowledge of traditional crafts.

Participants will learn about urushi, a kind of tree sap that has been used as a varnish in Japan for over 10,000 years, after which instructors will guide them through the creation of their own unique artwork. This workshop will focus on one technique of maki-e (“sprinkled picture”), a traditional way of decorating urushi works with gold-colored powder. Each participant will use a mother-of-pearl colored seal which they can cut out into whatever shapes they wish, to create a one-of-a-kind picture to take home with them.

There will be a morning and an afternoon workshop, with twenty spaces available for each one. The workshop costs ¥3000 and you can apply through Suntory Museum of Art’s website.

Photos by Shin’ichiro Mikuriya
Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku
29th October (Sunday)
(First) 10:30-12:30, (Second) 14:30-16:30 (20 participants for each session)
Admission Fee:
Website: Kogei Workshop Urushi English Course
Other Notes:
Workshop open to those aged 16 and over.
Application period: Sept 1-Oct 8
Kogei Workshop Urushi English Course
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