We invite you to experience Japanese pottery decorating and enjoy handmade Japanese sweets, Wagashi in a relaxing environment surrounded by the nature of Kita-Kamakura, a place well known as the origin of the Zen Mind in Japan. You can experience one-and-a-half to two hours of pottery decorating with me. In July and September, we will feature kid-friendly, summer fun activity - Paper Dyed Ceramic Art. You will decorate a ceramic plate with a special ceramic decorating technique called washizome 和紙染 (washi dyeing). After the pottery decorating, we will invite you to enjoy the atmosphere and reflect on yourself with handmade Japanese wagashi sweets and green tea. We will fire the pottery and send you your work about a month later (shipping cost is additional). Kids 6 and above are welcome! Takara clay studio is located on the property of Jochiji temple, one of the five great Zen temples of Kamakura.
Returning to Japan after living abroad for over a decade, I was reawakened by the beauty of Japanese nature & culture, and would like more people to have a chance to experience it where it still remains, in Kamakura. I am bilingual (Japanese & English) and have been an instructor for more than 15 years. I am thrilled to meet you through pottery making. My friend, Kiyo, is a certified cook and medicinal cooking advisor who has been catering for a traditional Japanese delicatessen as well as teaching Japanese sweets making and serving tea for over 8 years.
Japanese Sweets may contain rice, wheat flour, beans, sugar
Cold-pressed green tea
Clay and Tools
Our studio is a 15-minute walk from Kita-Kamakura station. At the end of a narrow path leading from Jochiji Temple, you will find a small old Japanese folk house standing alone on more than an acre of land. This is a unique place, a plot between the hills that was cultivated during the Kamakura Era (12-13 Centuries A.D.) and now features an old ceramic wood-fired kiln and a deep well. It is a place of deep history and rich, living culture.
Please use public transportation if possible. We have no free parking for our customers. Paid lots are available along the main street. Please bring a hand towel and a change of clothes if you wish.