2019 Kudzu-fu Workshop
the first time：2019 Jul.31~ Aug.4
the second time：2019 Aug.21~25
for foreigners kudzu-fu Workshop 2019
2019 Aug 27-31
in English laungage
An early application by e-mail will be appreciated
You can learn all about kudzu!!
Think about a sustainable coexistence between people and nature
and environmental problems through cloth.
Get hints for the next new era.
Kudzu is known as the seven autumn plants by Japanese.
Kudzu-fu is woven with fiber which was gain from kudzu vines.
People has been used non twisted kudzu thread for weft and cotton for warp.
It is recognized as three major primitive clothes in Japan.
You can learn how to make kudzu-fu and history of kudzu-fu in this workshop.
There were many participants in this workshop from various regions.
They were paticipants who were complete amateur about weaving and dyeing , expert dyers and weavers , interested in dyeing and weaving , researchers etc.
They were really exciting!
And there were some participants who are thinking about a sustainable coexistence between people and nature through primitive clothes.
There is a friendly atmosphere at this workshop and participants will make friends each other soon.
fieldwork , lecture , fruitful five days!
haevest kudzu vines , making Japanee pampas grass bed , fermentation , lecture
convivial party at evening
second daythird day
lecture oh kudzu-fu history (consider environmental problem through sustainable clothe)
making kudzu threads with kudzu-o
dyeing kudzu-fu(vegetable dye) making kudzu threads
washing kudzu in the river , making kudzu tsuguri
weaving kufzu-fu , meeting for reviewing
Process for participation
1.Ask us attendance documents by e-mai , phone , fax.
2.We will send you attendance documents for example attendance application , more info.etc
3.Choose whether the first time or the second time (you can apply separately the first time and the second time.
Partial participation will be also welcomed.
4.Choose stay at hotel or not.
5.Fill out an application and send it by e-mal , fax , post.
6.Pay a deposit by postal transfer , bank transfer , net shop.
7.Pay the balance of course fee. (you may pay it on the first day of workshop)
8.We wikk send you the final information a week before workshop.
9.Prepare the items necessary for workshop and attend workshop.
（deposit￥10,000）＋ accident insurance￥1000
Additional fees are required for accommodation , meals , material fees for dyeing
convivial party expense around ¥5500
Your attendance will be accepted firmly with deposit ¥10000
Tou can make deposit by postal transfer, bank transfer , credit card in net shop
You can pay the balance ¥45000 in cash or by credit card (VISA MasterCard AMERICAN EXPRESSon) first day of workshop , or by postal transfer or bank transfer in advance.
You can pay in a lump-sum ¥55000 by postal transfer , bank transfer , credit card in on-line shop.
one day participation
We will also accept those who want to participate one day ~four days .
It costs ¥10800/day
Even you are going to participate one day , deposit ¥10000 will be welcomed.
And please pay accident insurance fee ¥1000.
Total cost the number of participate days ×￥10800＋￥1000
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◆ Our policy of refund
● If you cancel by seven days before workshop , we will refund the total amount except a deposit and bank transfer fees .
If you cancel from six days before workshop to the day before workshop , we will refund the total amount except a deposit , bank transfer fees and accident insurance fee.
You can not cancel after workshop starts .
We are very sorry but we can not refund a deposit in any case.
You can participate kudzu-fu workshop partly , for examle three days in the first terms and two days in the second terms.
When you complete five days couese even partly , you will have a completion certificate .
We need ¥1000 for accident insurance for each terms , so if you will participate both the first terms and the second terms you will have to pay total ¥2000.
Fee for partial participation
Fee for partial participation ¥10800/day or half day
Accident incurance ¥1000/day
You can pay the fee for deposit and participant on line.
cost for kudzu bast, kudzu thread , kudzu-fu , silk yarn, cotton yarn etc. for dyeing
You can pay for the material for dyeing by credit card at our workshop.
cost of lunch , dinner
cost of accommodation (fee for breakfast is included)
cost of convival party ( around ¥5500)
entrance fee of hot spring
cost of transport to the workshop
We rreccommend a business hotel to you.
If you make hotel reservation to us directly, you will have benefits as below.
■Hotel 123 Shimada
single room ¥5200/day (tax and breakfast included)→￥4900 reduced price for workshop participants
twin room ¥7000/day (tax and breakfast included)→￥6700 reduced price for workshop participants
You can choose the non-smoking room or smoking room.
You can get the hotel about 2~3minutes on foot.
Please contact the hotel if you need a detailed explanation
You may send your luggage to the hotel prior to your arrival.
Hotel 123 Phone number 0547-34-0123
Take Tokaido Shinkansen and get off at Shizuoka station or Kakegawa station.
Change the train to the local line and get off at Kanaya station.
Change the train to Ooigawa train line and get off at Shinkanaya station.
It takes 15minutes from Shinkanaya station to our workshop.
2km south from Kanaya ojiro interchange of National Route 1
15 minutes drive from Makinohara interchange of Tomai Expressway.
2km 7minutes drive from Kanaya interchange of Shintomei Expressway.
◆Pick you up
On day one we will pick you up at Japan railway Shinkanaya station at 9:06.
Get off the train at JR Kanaya station at 9:01 then change the train to the local line . Ooigawa railway and get off the train at Shinkanaya station at 9:06
The timetable may change by season, please refer to the following.
◆Access to the workshop from Hotel 123
On day 2 to day 5 please come to the workshop by yourself.
Take the train from Shimada station to Kanaya station and walk to the workshop. It takes around 15 minutes.
You can borrow a bicycle from Hotel 123 free of charge.
We will drive you to the hotel everyday.
■Things to bring
Harvest kudzu: Sickle(prune off Japanese pampas grass) If you cannot bring sickle, we will borrow you it.
Pruning scissors( for cutting kudzu vines)
Long sleeves, long pants, hat, sunblock….
Do not wear black, or Bees consider you as a enemy and might attack you.
Dyeing: Apron,rain shoes,plastic long groves.
Washing kudzu： We will enter into the river,wear short pants or swimming wear, flip-flop sandals, hat.
Weaving : small scissors , marking pins , glasses. slippers
Extra things： Insuranse card, medicine for insect bite and you own diseases.
Welcome party will be held at the Japanese restaurant near by the hotel1 2 3.
Participation in that party is your choice. But by all means ,please participate in that party as well.
You will served beautiful , delicious Japanese foods.After this party everybody becomes very close.
Participant who are in kimono ill be welcomed, Oyakata and Okamisann also wear kimono at that party.
Expense of the party （around￥5,500）
Please be careful of your health ,cause the workshop will be held in hot middle of summer.
Please let us know in advance if you have chronic disease or worry about your physical strength, and the emergency contact details.Health insurance ID card must be brought.
Kanayaizumi-cho 5-1, Shimada, Shizuoka, Japan
I am a beginner at all of weaving and dyeing.Is it OK?
Don’t worry about that. Every participants will experience the kudzu-fu making at first time in their life.
They ( including you)will learn and make wonderful textile , helping each other.
What manner of participants gather in this workshop?
People who are interested in weaving , dyeing , gloval environmental issues, plants and agriculture, history of clothing and so on.
For example,dyeind and weaving artisan, weaving and dyeing teacher, professor of university, reseacher, farmer, teacher at Eco~institute and beginner at all means….etc.
Every participants get along with everyone soon, and make the network of their own.
I heard they have been keep contact on SNS till now.
Isn’t it hot there in summer?
We will harvest pampas grass and kudzu vine outdoor in morning of day one .
We will finish harvest as soon as it is over. In the afernoon the temperature will get higher than morning.
We will dye outdoor on day three. There are shade which enable us to get out of the sun.
Day four we will go to the river . The murmuring stream make you feel comfortable.
We will make thread and weave in workshop.
No confidence about physical strength...
Please do it within your comfort zone.
Lecturer will help you.
Also you may observe the others .
I am old person….
It’s OK, you will rejuvenate if you will do it in your comfort zone.
Above 80 years old man participated to this work shop before.
Elders are wiser to control their health condition than young man.
I highly recommend you to participate the reception.
you will hear the other participant’s talk and see their works , having Japanese cuisine.
Please wear kimono if you like,or wear the cloth you made.
Dress code at reception is “ happy pleasant dress”
Lecturer will also wear kimono they made by themselves.
I am so far from the workshop...
You are far from us? But there were participants who came from more far than you!
There were participants who came from Hokkaido, Taiwan, USA, Russia and Norway before.
We are from Hokkaido or Kyushu...
A few years ago Shizuoka Air Port was built at the place where 12 minutes by car from us.
Four round flight services per day between Shizoka and Fukuoka.
One round flight service between Shizuoka and Hokkaido.
Flight to Shanghai, Taipei and Soul are also available.
Shizuoka Air Port
I want just see ...
You may just see if you pay tuition for workshop.
How many times should I participate for this workshop?
I recommend you to participate every year.
There was participant who joined the workshop 5 times successively.
If it is impossible , Why you don’t join the workshop after 2 years or 3years , then you will completely understand about kudzu-fu.
I want to know about Bast fiber textiles.
Tatsuhiko Murai the president of Ooigawa kdzu-fu weaving studio ia also the Ceo of Japan Bast fiber textile organization.
He knows whole information about Japan bast fiber weaving.
Why don’t you join us and ask any questions to him?
I want make kudzu-fu for my graduation work.
There were many university students who made kudzu-fu for their graduation works.
If you are 4th grade, I recommend you to participate in the first terms in August because of the harvest time .