TOKYO Teshigoto

Print Your own Hagoita (Wooden Panel) in this Mokuhanga (Woodblock Print) Experience!

Workshop Experience

– Contents: Mokuhanga Experience (Hagoita)
– Participation Fee: 15,000 JPY (incl. tax)
*Material costs included. *You will receive one Mokuhanga as a souvenir. You can choose your preferred Mokuhanga from the Tokaido Gojusantsugi (Fifty-three stations of the road between Kyoto and Edo, the modern day Tokyo), the Edo Meisho Hyakkei (One-hundred Famous Views of Edo) and the Fugaku Sanjurokkei (Thirty-six Views of the Mount Fuji). Though selection is limited to what we have in stock.
– Time required: About 90 minutes (Depending on the individual pace)
– How to make a reservation: Please call us at the number below until 2 weeks prior to the experience, and let us know your ① Contact Information ② Preferred Date and Time ③ Number of Participants.

An experience full of fun, print your own Mokuhanga!

The portraits of kabuki actors by Toshusai Sharaku, or the thirty-six views of the Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai. They are well known works of art, though there might not be that many people who actually participated a Mokuhanga Crafting Experience. The Ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) Mokuhanga Workshop Takahashi Kobo Workshop started in the Ansei period (1854 – 1860), and to spread the culture of Edo Mokuhanga, offers many experience programs where you can either carve or print Mokuhanga. For the printing experience you can choose between postcards, fans, or Japanese-style book binding and more. From this variety of programs, this time we would like to introduce you to the ‘Hagoita Crafting Experience’. The great thing about Hagoita is, that they are not only for decoration, but for playing as well, as you can actually take a feathered ball and use the Hagoita as a racket.

The self-printed Mokuhanga is used to craft the Hagoita. It comes with feathered balls.

Trying the Mokuhanga Printing Experience is Ms. Koizumi (to the right). Leading the experience is Mr. Soda from the Takahashi Kobo Inc. (to the right).

First let’s try and print 2 types of Mokuhanga!

First, let’s start with the Mokuhanga printing experience. Ms Koizumi chose two types, ‘water stream with autumn leafs’ and an ‘actor portrait by Sharaku‘. The ‘water stream with autumn leafs’ is a three-colour-print, while the ‘actor portrait by Sharaku‘ uses five colours. This also means that these types use three boards and five boards respectively for printing.

Facing the blue board for ‘water stream with autumn leafs’ is Ms. Koizumi. The paints are applied to the uneven surface of the wooden board. According to Mr. Soda, at this time there is no need to use a lot of of paint. Next, the paint is stretched out carefully in circling motions using a brush.

After stretching out the paint the paper is adjusted with the ‘Kento’ (position marks carved into the wooden boards), and using a baren (flat round tool to apply pressure) the paint is transferred from board to paper. The trick is to only rub the baren on the places you want the paint to show. When rubbing the baren on an unnecessary spot, paint might transfer to places unrelated to the design. After checking if all paint transferred properly, the paper is held up by the edges, the paint for the board for the next colour are prepared, and the printing process is repeated. The ‘water stream with autumn leafs’ is printed with three colours, so the process as well is repeated three times.

For ‘actor portrait by Sharaku‘, an interesting fact is that you cannot grasp the full picture from the first four boards. When the outlines of the actor are appear on the paper through the last, black-paint board, you can’t help but to be amazed. Normally you would start printing with the black board, for the experience though the black-paint board is applied last, to create this very special effect for the participant.

Cutting out the Mokuhanga and pasting it on the Hagoita!

After properly printing the ‘actor portrait by Sharaku‘ as well, let’s go on and craft the Hagoita.

The Hagoita panel is put on the Mokuhanga, and the part to be cut out is decided. It is interesting that even with the same Mokuhanga design, depending on the part that is being cut out, the impression changes.

Pasting the cut-out Mokuhanga on the Hagoita, all which is left to do is decorating it with your favourite masking tape, signs and seals. Decorate it, use it as a racket, the Hagoita is finished!

After enjoying a great value experience, let’s visit the store adjacent to the workshop!

The Hagoita Crafting Experience you saw here, comes with one free Mokuhanga as a souvenir. The catalogue includes works such as ‘Fifty-three Stations of the Road between Kyoto and Edo’, ‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo’ and ‘Thirty-six Views of the Mount Fuji’, and you can choose one to your liking. In the Takahashi Kobo Workshop there is also a corner that sells Mokuhanga paper envelopes, postcards and more. After the experience please feel free to take a look around in the store as well.

– Company Name: Takahashi Kobo Inc.
– Address: Suido 2-4-19, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo-to
– Business hours: 10:00 – 18:00
– Closed: Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays, Beginning and End of the Year.
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– Access: Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, 5 minutes’ walk from Edogawabashi Station.