We are so excited to offer another amazing travel opportunity, this time to Japan! Traditional crafts are the heart and soul of the Japanese culture. As a country that spent much of its history in isolation, Japan developed unique arts and crafts traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. The first crafts in Japan date back in 10,000 BC when beautiful ceramic wares were created for day to day usage. As time passed, traditional crafts developed from useful tools to fine pieces of art. Mastery of the challenging techniques was passed down over the centuries, allowing the art to prosper and to become increasingly sophisticated through time. As Japan opened up to the world in the middle of the 19th century, Western merchant ships were quick to return home with exotic art from the once-reclusive nation. The private galleries and upscale shops of London and Paris were flooded with Japanese woodblock prints, calligraphy and ceramics.
Japanese crafts can be classified into seven major types (textiles, pottery and ceramics, lacquerware, metalworking, doll-making, woodworking and papermaking) all working with various techniques and materials to form unique designs. Each major traditional craft is further divided into different styles depending on the area of origin. Styles are often named after the prefecture where the technique was developed or made popular.
Space is limited to just 17 travelers! Reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis with deposits due December 16th.