Equal parts futuristic and fiercely traditional, Tokyo, Japan, is quite possibly the world’s most thrilling metropolis. This is a city that thrives on contradiction: Neon signs flash only blocks away from ancient temples, bustling concrete jungles close into narrow gardens, and the latest trends are just as beloved as long-treasured tea ceremonies.…
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Meet your instructor, a skilled professional, at a school dedicated to traditional Japanese arts and culture. Your instructor demonstrates shizan (test cutting), which involves a series of swift, precise cuts through a rolled straw mat. After the demonstration, take the opportunity to handle the blade yourself, learning how to hold and swing the katana under careful guidance.
Immerse yourself further in Japanese culture by participating in a kimono dressing. Experienced dressers help you through the intricate process of donning the kimono's many layers and tying the obi belt. Men can try on haori-hakama, which features wide, trouser-like bottoms and a light jacket on top. Sit down for sado (Japanese tea ceremony) and learn about the etiquette needed to properly enjoy the sweets and bitter matcha green tea of the elaborate custom. During a shodo (calligraphy) lesson, practice exact brush strokes and flicks before drawing out a word in kanji, Japanese characters. Read More close
Your foray into poetry begins when you meet your guide at the Yanesen Tourist Information and Culture Center. Take a seat and listen as you learn how a traditional haiku is constructed. Coming in at a very brief 3 lines, the haiku is a concise form of poetry that allows the reader to share thoughts in a simple pattern. The first and third line each have 5 syllables, while the second line has 7. You can write about anything you like, as long as it follows these simple rules.
Feel free to write about your memories, your ideas, or even about something you’ve experienced while traveling in Japan. This cathartic writing experience is an enjoyable and relaxing exercise that allows you to try your hand at an ancient Japanese art form. You can write your poem in English, or attempt to write it in Japanese, your guide helping to ensure that you are using the correct words if you choose the latter. Read More close
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Make your way to Jomo-Kogen Station and take a comfortable ride to stunning, mountainous Minakami. Warm up with some stretches and learn the basic safety protocol as you put on your protective gear. Get adjusted to your equipment and begin your biking adventure as your guide leads you through specially selected courses that cater to your desired level of difficulty.
If you’re looking for something leisurely, try a waterfall course surrounded by 360-degree mountain views. Or, you can go from mild to wild and speed down the tight tracks of an adrenaline-pumping mountain lake course. Spend as much time as you like on your bike, and choose either a half or full day of exploring Japan’s serene mountain terrain.
Return to your nearby train station for a trip back to your hotel as you think back on your amazing day. Read More close
Make your way into the neon-lit streets of Shinjuku and head to the Robot Restaurant, where a deceptively mellow piano player and singer welcome you to the lounge. From there, take your seat in the basement and prepare to be transported to another world as the lights start flashing, the music starts pumping, and the energetic numbers don't stop.
Futuristic robots dance alongside beautiful, drum-playing warriors, samurai battle against dinosaurs, and neon-clad performers save the world from tanks, ninjas, and—why not—a giant panda riding a cow. You're guaranteed to be on the edge of your seat until the very last moment of this frenetic, exciting, and outrageous spectacle.
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Meet your guide in Shibayu, where you view a collection of treasured samurai armor. Learn about how these Japanese knights are revered in local society, and how their roles changed and expanded over time. Hear stories of the Edo period, when times of peace led to samurai gaining the highest levels of social status.
Pick your favorite armor out from the 7 options available. Your professional dresser then helps you get changed into the armor as you prepare for a fun photo shoot in your traditional attire. Head to the studio to pose with a Japanese sword for a lively photo session. The images taken here are fantastic keepsakes that you can show to your family and friends, teaching them all you’ve learned about the samurai. Read More close
Meet at a traditional sumo stable and be amazed as you get a unique insight into the intense and often secretive world of sumo wrestling. Watch as impressive fighters utilize their intensely muscular frames to force their opponents out of a circular ring while letting nothing but their feet touch the ground.
From an amazing vantage point, learn more about the techniques mastered to facilitate this competitive sport. While at the stable, learn about the traditional lifestyles practiced by sumo wrestlers, including limitations on clothing, diet, and outside socialization. Read More close
Meet your instructor, a professional and local craftsman, at a workshop conveniently located in Omotesando. Before your lesson, don samue (work clothes) and get an introduction to the deep history of Japanese ceramics. For your workshop, choose to either create a cup on a pottery wheel or a chopstick rest by hand.
Your instructor guides you through the steps of turning a lump of clay into a smooth, functional cup using a pottery wheel. Master the basics of controlling the wheel and create a cup shape that's completely unique to you. Though the entire painting and firing process takes weeks to complete, you can admire the finished shape of your cup once you're done. At the end of your lesson, take home one of the studio's handcrafted cups as a souvenir.
Based on guidance from your teacher, learn to mix clay by hand for your chopstick rest. Your instructor shows you how to carefully mold the clay, giving it the proper shape and balance needed for a functioning rest. After the form is complete, give it a personal touch by painting it before it's fired. You can take your handmade chopstick rest home with you at the end of your workshop as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Read More close
Meet your instructors at a workshop in bustling Asakusa. Your teachers, who have decades of experience under their belts, introduce you to the art of Japanese woodblock printing. Popularized on a global scale in the late 19th century, the prints are now an icon of Japanese art. Learn the complex process of creating these prints, which includes building up colors one by one until a finished illustration appears.
Try your hand at making one of these unique prints. The workshop provides all the tools you need, including the carved woodblocks and vivid pigments. With help from your attentive instructors, carefully lay down the lines and hues of the print, one at a time. Soon, an amazing picture comes to life before you, blossoming with vibrant color. After your workshop, spend as much time as you like browsing the beautiful works on display at the workshop, or watch professionals create unique prints in real time. You can take your own work of art home with you as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Read More close