Welcome to Tokyo Yuzen Kenkyukai.

Tokyo Yuzen Kenkyukai offers classes to learn various Japanese traditional dyeing techniques with a focus on Yuzen Dyeing.
In Particular, the technique of Te-gaki Yuzen (hand-painted yuzen) was invented in the Genroku era (1688-1704) and is still used today for traditional items such as patterned Kimono.
The trial classes at Tokyo Yuzen Kenkyukai offer a variety of hands-on activities for tourists and guests to experience traditional Japanese dyeing. The classes range from 2 to 5 hours, and finished work can be brought home on the day.
We feel the dyeing experience can be a memorable part of your visit to Japan and we look forward to seeing you at our classes.

Activity Menu

1. Yuzen Iro-Sashi experience: silk scarf “Sarasa-Hana” 

Applying dye to a contoured pattern using a brush.
This is an authentic yet casual experience of dyeing silk scarves in your choice of color, using a pattern made of paste called”Itome” to keep the dye from running.
The scarf measures 145cm x 35cm and has a Sarasa-Hana (chintz flower) pattern.
Several base colors are available.
● Activity Price: 6,600 yen (including materials and tax)
● Class Duration: 10:30~15:30 (5 hours including lunch break)
● Please register at least 5 days in advance

Base color image
Image of Itome paste

2. Kata-zome experience: Brooch

Choose a paper pattern and dye it in your favorite color to make a brooch. The brooch comes with a box and is suitable as a gift.

● Activity Price: 3,800 yen (including materials and tax)
● Class Duration: 13:00~15:00 (2 hours)
● Please register at least 5 days in advance

3. Ita-Jime Shibori experience: Silk Scarf

A dyeing technique where a cloth is folded accordion style, held in place with two sturdy pieces of wood and dipped in dye resulting in geometric grids
A casual experience to try the traditional Ita-Jime Shibori. You can enjoy unlimited possibilities using different colors, folding techniques, and ways to use the board.

● Activity Price: 5,500 yen (including materials and tax)
● Class Duration: 13:00~15:00 (2 hours)
● Please register at least 5 days in advance

*Please apply for your selected experience from the inquiry page.
*Please note that it may take some time for us to reply to your inquiry.
*On days when there is a regular class, the number of participants is limited to two. If you are expecting three or more participants, please inform us to schedule a separate class.
*Please bring lunch if the experience time is over lunch.
*The workshop will be held in Japanese only. If necessary, participants are requested to prepare a translation app or have an interpreter present.
*If you wish to cancel, please let us know at least one day in advance of the scheduled workshop date.
*We accept cash only. Please pay in Japanese yen on the day of the class.