Learn How to Make Makie At an Old Art Shop in Kyoto!


Join this program and learn how to make Makie at an old art shop in Kyoto! Makie is one of Japanese traditional decoration method applied on lacquer coating. Join this program and experience the traditional Japanese art learning with your friends!


  • Learn how to make Makie at an old art shop in Kyoto
  • Japanese traditional decoration method on lacquer coating
  • Make your own Japanese traditional souvenirs

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This class is only available upon reservations.


Join this program to experience a Japanese traditional art culture and make Makie, a decoration method applied on to lacquer coating. The Makie technique was fully developed in Kyoto, which is the cultural and political capital of Japan in the 6th Century. The process of Makie starts with drawing a pattern on a piece of wax paper, then pressing this wax paper onto a lacquer coated surface such as tray or bowl. After pressing the design of the pattern, you will trace it with a fine brush dipped into yellow-colored lacquer, which is a Cashew paint. Then you will sprinkle the gold or silver powder before the lacquer dries out and the powder will harden over night. This process is repeated over and over until the desired design is accomplished. The hands-on Makie introductory class at Inui offers you an unforgettable great cultural experience that is enjoyable and easy to understand. The individual class is available every Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 16:00. The individual class is also available for the additional dates listed below: - Aoi Matsuri Festival May 14, 15, 16th. - Gion Festival: July 14, 15, 16 and 17th) - Jidai Matsuri Festibal: October 24, 25th. Group class for 2 persons or more are available daily. All classes are available upon reservations. The length of the course is 90 minutes and available for minimum two persons. Use our reservation service to book this program and have fun making your own traditional Japanese souvenir only in Kyoto!

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