Japanese Papier-mâché Painting
Craft - Japanese Papier-mâché Painting
- Implementation time：45min
- Basic charge：￥ 3,500 (inc.tax)
- Event date：Every day (except regular closing day)
【Activity description】A craft course where you can unleash your imagination and give birth to a very unique piece of art.
The papier-mâché was imported from China during the Heian period (794-1185), which consists generally in a wooden frame covered with paper.
At “Pink. Asakusa Cafe” you will be able to create your original souvenir painting the base papier-mâché plain body with any colours you want.
There are various shapes, but many of them are in the shape of animals, and they have come to be useful as auspicious items.
First, choose your favourite plain body, and start to paint your ideas.
Don't worry, if you don't know how to start it, the staff will support you!
It is in round shape and it’s said that the daruma doll always gets up no matter how much times it falls. It was used and cherished as a symbol of good luck and future fortune since ancient times and was believed to help ward off evil spirits and grant wishes, usually for a prosperous business.
In the olden days, cats were considered lucky charms for sericulture because they get rid of mice that eat crops and silkworms.
According to a theory, the first Manekineko was originally made using a pottery technique called “Imado-yaki”, which was produced around Imado-chō in Asakusa.
Fox masks are used in Nōgaku (traditional styles of Japanese teather Nō and Kyōgen) and Kagura (dances and songs performed to worship the gods).
At Inari shrines, the fox is often considered auspicious as it is enshrined as a messenger of the gods.
Also, fox masks are said to bring benefits such as a bountiful harvest, prosperous business and family safety.
【Activity features】◎The lesson is recommended at all those who: · Are interested in craftmanship and handmade.
· Want to experience the fascination of Japanese culture.
· Want to make an original gift.
· There is no age limit, so you can participate with your children.
◎Best location for sightseeing in Asakusa!
The experience location is a good location, about 3-minute walk from Kaminari-mon.
The location is perfect for sightseeing in Asakusa with your family or group.
This experience is supported by an interpreter guide.
Languages available: English.