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Koto Culture Salon

What’s Koto Culrue Salon?

Koto Culture Salon

Koto Culrue Salon is Japanese 8tatami room for cultural classes in Kyoto near Kinkakuji (Golden pavilion).

I hope this room will be the place for people living in Kyoto to join for cultural classes,

and also the place for foreign people & Japanese to communicate through “Cultural Exchange”.

We have some hand made classes here tourists also can join.

And we are happy to help the artists to have small exhibition here. 

Koto culture salon in Kyoto



Hands-on Gold Leaf Experience !!


Date: Every Saturdays from 14:30-15:30

Price: 2500yen per person.



After the strict practicing, they can be a Craft man

  Hands-on Gold leaf experience in Kyoto

Shin ans his father are both craft men of Gold leaf with National qualification. After the long practicing, they finally can be a craft men. Unfortunately, people who has such special techniques are becoming less in Japan because of the shortage of demand nowadays.
I imagine much more cheaper plates and kitchen ware are available recently, so many of traditional craft work are disappearing.
It’s same as Kimono, Japanese traditional clothes. We can often find some tourists wearing kimono in Kyoto, but the material for lent is usually not silk. Although we try to use silk sash (obi) for Kimono experience here as much as possible… the number of craft men for weaving are getting less and less in Nishijin Kyoto. I wish I could help them a little.  If we experience how to make it , we can notice its beauty or interesting arts.



Let’s make a plate with Gold leaf near Golden Pavilion!!

  Hands-on Gold leaf experience in Kyoto

First, put tapes on the plate. You can make your original pattern!

Hands-on Gold leaf experience in Kyoto

This pattern is also nice. If you use this for some sweets of nuts, it’s better to place some paper on the plate since it’s not washable. It must be the great memorial plate of visiting Golden Pavilion in Kyoto.  


★Please reserve from here!! or Email to : reservation@teaceremony-kyoto.com






Unique Japanese calligraphy lesson

We have started the lesson of unique Japanese calligraphy lesson called “Kantei-ryu” !

In other words, it is “the letter of Kabuki”, which is the traditional theater of Japan.

“Kantei “is the name of the founder of this unique writing in Edo period(1779) , and “ryu” means ” the way of・・・” .

It’s more like “ink painting” more than calligraphy, but still traditional way inherited since Edo period (1779~).




What’t Kantei ryu?

Japanese unique calligraphy

The history of “Kantei-ryu” have started sine 1779, when one of the Kabuki theater “Nakamura” had been suffering from the less audience. *Just in case….Kabuki is Japanese traditional theater, one of the Important Intangible Cultural Properties in Japan.

kabuki theater

Kabuki Theater Nakamura ordered the master of calligraphy to make a sign board to attract customers, since there were no internet or TV in those days. Master Kanroku created the fantastic board, so “Kantei ryu” came from his name Kanroku. Because of his great work, theater Nakamura got a lot of audience. Even know his way of writing has been used for Kabuki theaters in Japan. For example, we can see many name plated of Kabuki actors are displayed in front of the Kabuki theater Minamiza Kyoto in every December. The letters are all written in Kantei-ryu.   




Is it different from Japanese Calligraphy?

  Japanese unique calligraphy

At first glance, it seems like just printing, but all written by hand!! This style is created by the Calligraphy master, but too unique to say Japanese calligraphy. It’ more like “ink painting”. Of course, the way of writing is also different from ordinary one. ・We don’t need to use traditional Japanese paper for the practice. You can use the ordinary paper in your country. 

・Need to write the frame of each letters at the beginning. 

・Don’t stand the writing brush, but sliding on the paper.  They don’t make ink bleed or slight touching. Why…. kabuki calligraphy This way of writing represents the warm wish for Good luck and ”Fully booked”  for theaters of shops. To welcome the audience, they don’t make the brush out side of the frame, but inside of letters.    




Master. Zarefude , Kantei-ryu

  Japanese unique calligraphy

He has 10 years experience since he had started “kantei-ryu” writing.

He has been learning ordinary Sho-do, Japanese calligraphy since he was a child, but had a rest for 7 years.

After graduating the university, he had met “Kantei-ryu” unique writing, and decided to learn it. 

He visited his master many times since the master said “Learn by watching, more than my teaching.”

Now he wishes not only Japanese but also foreign people to know this unique interesting way of writing, 

which is often said “more like drawing than bush writing”. 

★Please reserve from here (Every Sunday 13:00-14:00)      


  Japanese unique calligraphy

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We have tea ceremony lesson from 11:45 in the same building.    Japanese unique calligraphy