Matsumoto City boasts a number of crafts including bambooworking. Come see how these intricate pieces are woven together! Although there is currently a waiting list to get into Instructor Masaaki IIJIMA’s classes, he allows people to observe his classes. If you are near Nakamachi Shopping Street, feel free to come and watch him and his students at work in the Kurassic-kan building!
Although classes are conducted in Japanese, Mr. Iijima welcomes foreign visitors. Please ask before taking photographs of students and/or their works.
The following Wednesdays:
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AM Class: 9:30-12:30
Students are taught how to make the same item.
PM Class: 1:30-4:30
Students work on their own individual projects with guidance from the instructor.
Nakamachi Shopping Streets Kurassic-kan 2F
The class is held on the 2nd floor of Kurassic-kan. You can enter from the side or stop by the front desk if you need someone to show you where to go.
Once you enter through the side door, head to the left and through a set of closed double-doors. The classroom is up the stairs. Please be sure to remove your shoes and don’t hesitate to use the slippers!
Other Places to Find Bamboo Crafts
Uehara Zenbei Store: Located on Yamabe Street, this shop offers baskets, strainers, and other bamboo goods for sale. However, the store is not open regularly, so you may want to call ahead at 0263-32-0144.
4-5-5 Ote, Matsumoto
Matsumoto Misuzuzaiku: This guild displays and sells their goods at various locations throughout the city such as the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum, although these locations change every so often. This year they held demonstrations at Rekishi no Sato and are planning on holding demonstrations and the occasional work shop there from spring of next year (2018).
Workshop 1-5-14 Tsukama, Matsumoto