This is a fantastic workshop to learn about making Chufo-style daruma. The instructor provided a great overview of the history and context of the daruma tradition. She provided a wide array of traditional and modern Japanese fabrics to choose from, explained the different artistic approaches to cloth-based daruma, and also had a wide selection of references on hand for inspiration. They went above and beyond by providing a translator, as well as tea and snacks while we waited for the dolls to dry. Highly recommended!
I booked two experiences with teacher to create one Chofu daruma and one mini daruma doll. Staff from Wasabi (eight one management) helped me arrange these two lessons in one day. This is one of the most memorable experience and meaningful souvenirs I got from my previous trip in Tokyo. I had great conversations (in Japanese, but they can arrange a translator if needed) with teacher. We stayed together in her cozy shop on a rainy day, surrounded by darumas she produced. Even if you are not taking the workshop, the tiny store is worth a visit and soba in the surrounding area has good reputation. I had to take a taxi from the station, instead of Bus, otherwise I was going to be late to the workshop and I was coming from another experience with Wasabi which was at another location.Teacher takes really nice photos and videos of your process. Afterwards, we had tea and snack, and even played games together! I would love to buy that board game that she made herself. Highly recommend this experience!
Daruma was fun to make and a meaningful souvenir to bring home. The local area is very beautiful, and
teacher was kind enough to recommend what to do in the area.