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Japanese Culture & Play for Families in Osaka (Origami, Calligraphy, Kendama)
Your Japan travel itinerary would be incomplete if you do not join some cultural activities as a family. Especially when it’s rainy, too hot or too cold outside, the best way to enjoy Japan is doing some indoor cultural activities suitable for all ages. We are proud to put together a good set of cultural games and crafts which are not only fun but also educational. The best part is at the end of the activities you get to keep what you make and take them home as a wonderful souvenir.
This experience includes
- Opening a secret Japanese box as a group, similar to an Escape Room Activity
- Learning how to make paper cranes and competing as a family
- Learning how to use Japanese charcoal ink brush and writing your name in Japanese (You will take it home as a souvenir)
- Learning how to use Japanese toy kendama
As you can see from the below guest photos, we organized so many culture&play sessions for various families and groups who had lots of fun. Why don’t you come join us???
Note: You need to have at least 3 people in your party, including a child, to reserve for this experience.
Origami is taught at Japanese schools to teach the importance f time management, waiting all the way to the end, using resources skillfully and turning simple things into meaningful treasures. Your host will teach you how to fold the paper appropriately so that you can make a beautiful paper crane on your own.
A shodo expert will kindly explain the connection between meditation and Japanese calligraphy and teach you how to use the brush to create strokes like the Japanese. Lessons will be held in order of hiragana, katakana, kanji. A kind Japanese teacher will instruct you in the tatami-style room. You will take home the Japanese-style boards as a souvenir.
Ken-dama is a popular Japanese toy. You will have a lot of fun doing the ken-dama (cup and ball) activity. After some brief instructions and a demonstration by the staff, your family members will compete to successfully perform a basic ken-dama move.
MAIKOYAMaikoya Contact the Host
Address: 1 Chome-22-7 Shinmachi, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 550-0013
Book online and get your voucher via email instantly!Maikoya Osaka offers unique cultural experiences where visitors can engage in various cultural activities such as the traditional tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy, origami, kimono dressing and much more. Maikoya Osaka is the only place in Japan where visitors can meet and chat with a maiko in training anytime of the year.
Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people through activities and lessons such as tea ceremony, kimono dressing, Japanese cooking and the life of a samurai, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend a day than learning a traditional, beautiful new activity with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn’t find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendor. *** Please let us know if you have any food allergies, Halal, vegan or vegetarian preferences.Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
1- Do you accept walk-ins? For tea ceremony, kimono experience, calligraphy and the samurai experience we accept walk ins. However, there is a possibility that you may need to wait sometime to be served if you show up without any reservation. So, we kindly recommend reserving in advance.
2-Do you have kimonos for kids? Yes, we do have small size kimonos for kids. Just let us know the age/height of your child in advance.
3- Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day? This depends on the season.Some seasons we allow the customers to walk outside and take pictures. We have the kimono rental option, for a small additional fee you can stroll the streets of Osaka or visit Osaka castle by wearing a kimono for the rest of the day.
4- Do you provide any hairdo services? Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
5- How far is your location from the Dotonbori area? How far is your location from Umeda? It is about 18-minute walk or 6-minute taxi ride from Dotonbori. It is about 10-minute train ride or a 15-minute taxi ride from Umeda.
6- Do you hold your activities in a Japanese house? I want to see inside of a Japanese house. Yes. You have to take your shoes off to get in and all the rooms have the interior like a traditional Japanese house.
7- Do you have discounts if I want to experience multiple events at once?. For individuals we usually can't offer any discount as we need to prepare for each activity in advance. For groups more than 4, who want to experience multiple activities, please drop us a message with the subject title multiple activities for groups.
8- Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc?. We are the only place that is supervised by college professors and and focus on cross-cultural awareness. Our experiences are lots of fun and also quite educational.
9- Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, replica swords etc. to remember my experience?. Yes, we have a gift shop on the first floor.
Call Maikoya: 06-6556-6257