Experience traditional Japanese crafts firsthand while enjoying an international exchange on a one-day bus tour sponsored by the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation. This tour is back for the ninth time this year by popular demand. The Tsukuba Cultural Foundation is planning a bus tour to promote a deeper understanding of traditional Japanese culture. Participants will be introduced to Japanese folk crafts and will also be taken sites of interest. There will be ample opportunity for international exchange. Please join us and enjoy a nice day!
1. Tsumugi no sato (Yuki-shi, Ibaraki) You have the choice of trying your hand at traditional weaving or indigo dyeing. Please indicate your preference when you register.
2. Yuki Shuzo (Sake Factory) The Yuki-Shuzo is located near a temple, and the factory was built about 150 years ago. You will see the place of making and tasting of Sake (rice wine).
Yuki city is located in the western most part of Ibaraki. The city faces on the Kinu river and has long been famous for producing beautiful Yuki Tsumugi fabrics, a form of textile folk art dating back some 1,400 years. It has been designated as an important Japanese cultural asset. The entire process, which begins with the making of thread that is to be woven into fabric, requires a special step-by-step technique.
Date and Time: November 23 (Fri., Holiday) 8:45 to 18:00 Meeting Place: Tsukuba Capio (1-10-1, Takezono, Tsukuba city) at 8:45 a.m. Capacity: Foreigners 25, Japanese 20 Enrollment: 2000 yen (with lunch) If you want to experience of both at traditional weaving and indigo dyeing, please 1000 yen more. Please pay on the day of the tour. How to Register: Call the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation at 56-7007 beginning from November 1st. (Closed on Mondays). First come first served.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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