Kyoto Convention Bureau
Culture workshops as the basis for your education contents; onsite at your convention; as a spouse programme; and as part of your incentive package allow participants to increase their knowledge base and add a highly enjoyable element to your event. Kyoto offers the unique opportunity to learn about Japanese culture in the birthplace of those traditions. The following is a concise selection of opportunities in Kyoto. Contact KCB for further details and to discuss ideas.
Kyoto fabrics, such as the Nishijin style of weaving, are renowned throughout Japan. The art of kimono making is therefore at its most refined in Kyoto. Visit a kimono dealer and observe the process of making kimono by hand, followed by an opportunity to try on a Kyoto masterpiece. You might also offer your guests the opportunity to bear the weight of a twelve-layer formal kimono as worn by imperial court ladies 1000 years ago.
Tea brought from China was first planted in Kyoto. Kyoto temples developed the highly stylised Tea Ceremony to entertain, relax and appreciate tea. Taking part in a ceremony is the ideal break between seminars in Kyoto.
Kyoto is home to more than a thousand Buddhist temples and thereby a vast array of opportunities to relax through Zen meditation. This is a popular activity between meetings and an added feature to temple visits.
Let the enthusiasm of experts give you a gentle introduction to the fundamentals of balance and beauty in nature. A workshop onsite is an excellent way of decorating your meeting venue in a truly Japanese way. The added touch of putting the finished works on display is certain to bring further inspiration to the talks.
Origami paper folding is more than just an intricate art form in modern Japan. It is enjoyed by all to make toys or decorations, and just for the sake of doing it. Kyoto washi paper is the envy of the nation and delegates from overseas thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to make their own souvenirs in these workshops.
If you are inspired to write about your discoveries in Kyoto, why not practise traditional sweeping strokes with a brush and charcoal ink? You can learn how to write your name in Japanese characters and perhaps choose a kanji that sums up your experience in Kyoto.
Few people are lucky enough to catch a fleeting glimpse as the geisha flit between appointments. Therefore what better way to see these graceful women dance than to invite them to perform at a reception or banquet? Kyoto is the home of geisha arts, and only Kyoto geisha are referred to by the special terms Maiko an apprentice and Geiko a fully qualified artist.
The sheer power of these pounding drums never fails to capture attention. A taiko performance is an excellent, lively way to begin any reception or gala dinner.
Noh is a classical performance that combines dance, drama, music and poetry. The present aesthetic form dates back to the 14th and 15th Centuries. Stunning costumes and incredible masks are used to convey the characters of: gods, warriors, beautiful women, and supernatural beings. Kyoto is the home of this theatre that is recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Kyogen is a light comical interlude in a Noh play that is now performed alone as well. Kyogen is highly accessible due to its pantomime qualities that overcome language barriers and bridge cultures.
Gagaku is music from the Imperial Court that sat in Kyoto for more than a thousand years. It is a serene combination of music, dance and chorus. Performers impress with their Court costume that dates back to the Eighth Century.
- BATI HOLIC
Taiko drum troupe - detailed website includes performance video
http://www.bati-holic.jp/ (Japanese only)
- Gion Corner
A rainbow of Kyoto performing arts interpreted and explained to international visitors
- Heian Shouzoku Costume Studio
Experience life as a seventh century imperial courtier by dressing in a period costume that is as close to the original item as is possible to recreate in the twenty-first century
Tea ceremony experience at a real tea house
- Kyo Gokoro International Friendship
- Kyoto Handicraft Center
Hands-on craft workshops and souvenir shopping
- Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts – Fureaikan
Detailed permanent and special exhibitions of Kyoto-born crafts
- Kyo-Yuzen Workshop Marumasu-Nishimuraya
Hands-on learning about Kyoto kimono silk decorating techniques
- Nishijin Textile Center
An introduction to the history of Nishijin weaving, workshops and souvenirs
- Origin Arts Programs at Iroi
Traditional arts taught such that participants understand spiritual meaning underlying them
- Plus Alpha Japan
Bespoke culture experiences for the discerning
- Taizo-in Temple
Zen meditation and more temple life introduced in perfect English by the Vice-Head Priest
Culture workshops in a traditional Kyoto town house
- WAK Japan
Home visits, culture workshops, tailor-made on-site programmes