Book this activity to learn about and make a unique handicraft called 'onigawara.' Designed to look like 'oni' (Japanese ogres or demons), these ceramic roof tiles are said to ward off evil. Listen to a short lecture, then make your own onigawara!
Meaning "demon roof tile," 'onigawara' refers to ceramic tiles designed to look like 'oni,' Japanese demons. Resembling ogres or gargoyles in appearance, oni are not necessarily evil, and can even help ward off evil — which is why, in ancient Japan, onigawara tiles were used for the roofs of temples, shrines, and feudal lords' residences! Artisans who specialized in onigawara are called 'onishi,' and they were well-respected for their work. In this activity, you'll make an onigawara that's smaller than the usual size, making it more convenient to ship and easier to display at home. Learn from a skilled onishi who's made onigawara for establishments in Japan and beyond. If you've traveled around Japan, you might have seen some of her creations without knowing it. You can even find her onigawara in Russia, at a high-end hotel with a Japanese garden! Excluding the optional, free pick-up service from Takahama-minato Station, this activity lasts for approximately three hours and is available all year round. Choose between two start times: 10:00 or 13:00. Sample schedule: 09:30 / 12:30 — Pick-up from Takahama-minato Station (optional) 10:00 / 13:00 — Meet at Iwatsuki Onigawara; listen to a lecture about onigawara (what it is, how it's made, etc.). 10:30 / 13:30 — Make your own onigawara 13:00 / 16:00 — Activity ends Please note that drying and firing the clay will take 1 ½ months. You will not be able to take home your onigawara tile right after the activity; it will be shipped afterward. Shipping requires a separate fee; please pay on-site.