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Though a commonplace material today, paper was long considered a cherished item in Japan. Known as ‘kami’ in Japanese, the word is phonetically the same as the term for ‘god’, underscoring the reverence for paper in Japanese culture.
Nagano has a long tradition of producing fine handmade paper and while here you can make your own ‘washi’ (Japanese paper) at a guided workshop at the Patio Daimon complex, nearby Zenko-ji Temple.
Workshops take 30 minutes in each session, and are held every Friday from 10:00 to 12:00, and again from 13:00 to 15:00, at the end of which you’ll have your own self-created paper to take with you. This is an enjoyable activity suitable for all ages.
Advance booking by email is required 3 days in advance.
Getting to Rakucha Rengakan
From JR Nagano Station: exit the station from the Zenko-ji Exit and take the bus heading for Zenko-ji Temple from bus stop No.1. Get off at the Patio Daimon bus stop and cross over the road to the Patio Daimon complex. Walk into the courtyard and you will see a staircase leading to the second floor and workshop venue.