Attraction 丸益西村屋, Japan 〒604-8276 京都府京都市 中京区小川通御池下る壺屋町457 Published on: 29-02-2016
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Why Marumasu Nishimuraya is special ?
Marumasu-Nishimuraya is housed in a wooden townhouse brimming with tradition, our goal is to provide you with the ultimate Japanese experience through our courses and workshops supported by an experienced team and surrounded by a unique, truly Japanese atmosphere.
It has been following the techniques of Kyo-Yuzen since its inception more than 100 years ago. Kyo-Yuzen is one of techniques kimono (traditional cloth in Japan). In the method, colourful designs such as seasonal birds, plants and landscapes are painted directly on the fabric.Because of their exquisite beauty, Yuzen kimono have remained popular from the end of the 17th century.
As a studio for Kyo-Yuzen art, Marumasu-Nishimuraya has been following the techniques of Kyo-Yuzen since its inception more than 100 years ago. In addition to experiencing traditional crafts, our studio is a place to learn about Kyoto’s culture and history at a Machiya (traditional wooden townhouse in Kyoto).
What to explore at Marumasu Nishimuraya?
Coming Marumasu-Nishimuraya, you can experience Yuzen Dyeing in Kyoto, whether it's experiencing the ultimate kimono dyeing art of Kyo-Yuzen, mastering the ways of the Furoshiki.
You can enter course Furoshiki Wrapping Workshop, you can learn how to turn a simple cloth into a practical way of transporting your goods or a beautiful wrapping for your souvenirs. Or others is Chopstick Making and Case Dyeing, you can dye a beautiful case for your hand-made chopsticks to join you in your every meal. Moreover, you can take a break at Café Mayu, Marumasu-Nishimuraya gives you another way to enjoy and experience the traditions of Kyoto. Café Mayu is a retro-style café, located in a wooden townhouse over about 100 years old that has been recently renewed. Our waffles are free of oils and additives, and are hand-made every day with ingredients carefully chosen with your well-being in mind. We also have famous Kyoto Matcha, original sweets with typically Japanese ingredients, sandwiches with green tea, as well as set lunch menus.
How to get to Marumasu Nishimuraya?
Access from JR Kyoto Station
Board a subway bound for Kokusai-Kaikan.
Get off at Karasuma Oike station, then walk to the west (takes about 7 min. walking)
City Bus Terminal, departure bays B1 and B2, bus lines #9, #50 and #52; Get off at Horikawa-Oike Sta., then walk to the east (takes about 5 min. walking).
- Nice workshop in Kyoto
- Really cool activity
- A new way to present our gifts
- A very memorable experience in Kyoto
- Make your own t-shirt
丸益西村屋, Japan 〒604-8276 京都府京都市 中京区小川通御池下る壺屋町457
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I should perhaps preface this review by stating that I'm the artistic sort, and I generally enjoy painting and drawing and that sort of thing. :) That said, I really enjoyed myself at Marumasu Nishimuraya! I made a booking online for the kyo-yuzen dyeing workshop (the website has an English version) and had a little personal lesson. There were other people who came before and after me and they attended to each group separately. The instructor spoke reasonable English - not thoroughly fluent, but enough to be understood. You first choose the item you wish to paint - they have a range from canvas bags to little phone cases, and your fee is based on the item you pick. I chose a bag and that cost about 1,300yen (I think). After that you can choose your stencil(s). They have a wide array of stencils, but I found the floral ones to be the most detailed and prettiest in general. The instructor will show you how to go about using the stencils and after that, you're off! It's pretty easy, actually. I sat there for quite a while - maybe about two hours or slightly more - and they appeared to have no problem with that. However, this may be because I was there during a low tourist season so they weren't packed with bookings and could therefore afford to be more relaxed with time.