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  • Slow Fiber Studios Japan Tour - 2017

Slow Fiber Studios Japan Tour - 2017

  • 30 Sep 2017
  • 22 Oct 2017
  • Japan


  • 30 September 2017 – 17 October 2017
  • 17 October 2017 – 22 October 2017
  • 17 October 2017 – 22 October 2017
    *There is a minimum enrollment of 2. If there are not two travelers enrolled by September 1, Slow Fiber Studios will cancel the Ohana Option and your deposit will be refunded.*

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Main Tour

Nagoya – Arimatsu – Miyama – Kyōto – Takasaki – Kiryu – Yonezawa – Yamagata – Tōkyō

30 September 2017 – 17 October 2017
16 days, 17 nights | 16 participants maximum
¥560,000 JPY (~$4925 USD) + $500 USD | ¥79,000 JPY (~$695 USD) single supplement

Led by textile scholar, World Shibori Network President, and Slow Fiber Studios founder Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, the Slow Fiber Studios Japan Tour focuses on shibori, indigo, and silk, highlighting traditional skills, modern techniques, and collaborative innovations. Travel to key cultural and textile centers including artisan studios in Arimatsu-Narumi, a neighborhood with over 400 years of history practicing traditional Japanese shibori dyeing; some of the last remaining sericulture farms and factories producing Japanese silk; and safflower dyeing workshops in the Tōhoku region. Visit unusual museums, gardens, and temples; engage in hands-on workshops with local artisans; enjoy seasonal Japanese cuisine and stay in unique traditional inns.

Post-Tour Extension

Shōdoshima – Inujima – Naoshima – Kanayama

17 October 2017 – 22 October 2017
6 days, 6 nights | 16 participants maximum
¥230,000 JPY* (~$2025 USD) | ¥49,000 JPY (~$430 USD) single supplement

The Post-Tour Extension focuses on contemporary art and architecture and features visits to unique and hard-to-reach art sites as well as stops along the Shōdoshima Buddhist pilgrimage route. Island-hop through the inland sea to visit indoor and outdoor art installations created for the Setouchi Triennale by both Japanese and international talents. Stay at the exclusive Benesse House Park designed by famed architect Tadao Ando and enjoy unique experiences like a bath at the I♥︎湯 (“I heart yu (hot bath)”) public bath house designed by artist Shinro Ōtake.


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