TOKYO Teshigoto
2020.06.02

Join us for the [Bonsai Artificial Flower Making Experience] organized by Okahan to make a “cherry blossom” or a “pine tree”!

Workshop Experience

  • Content: trial class for making bonsai artificial flowers
  • Entry fee: (i) cherry blossom 4,000 yen (tax inclusive) (ii) pine tree 6,500 yen (tax inclusive) * including the cost for the materials
  • Time required: approximately 60 minutes or longer (depends on how fast you make)
  • How to sign up: You can sign up for the workshop on Saturdays, between 10:00-11:30. Please contact us by email, phone, or facsimile in advance with the (i) date, (ii) number of participants, and (iii) contact information.  Mail : okahan@mub.biglobe.ne.jp  TEL:048(882)8294  FAX:048(882)8375
  • Note:* Beside the trial class at the workshop, we are also available for an on-site experience.  Please feel free to contact us for details.

 


Ms. Kaku (to the left), who experienced the [Trial Class for Making Bonsai Artificial Flowers], and Mr. Okada of “Okahan” (to the right), who coached her.

Experience the making of bonsai artificial flowers at the well-established artificial flower workshop!!

“Cherry blossom” and “tachibana orange”, the trees beside the Japanese doll wearing traditional Japanese costume that add grace somewhat inconspicuously.  The “artificial florists” are the craftsmen who make those artificial flowers that add spice to the dolls by hand.  “Okahan” is a well-established artificial flower workshop established in 1922.  Artificial flowers are made by dyeing the habutae (silk fabric) lined with Japanese paper, cutting it with a punch, preparing each part of the flower petals, center of the flower, sepals, branches, and a trunk, and assembling them all together at the end.  You can feel the atmosphere unique to “Okahan”in the colours, branches and other shapes of the artificial flowers of “Okahan”, which has been nurtured over the long period of time.  The [Trial Class for Making Bonsai Artificial Flowers] is available at such well-established workshop.  There are 2 courses for the [Trial Class for Making Bonsai Artificial Flowers]—“cherry blossom” and “pine tree”—from among which, Ms. Kaku, a student from China, chose “cherry blossom”.

The class starts off with an explanation on the process, which you can rarely see!

“Cherry blossom” and “tachibana orange” beside the Japanese doll wearing traditional Japanese costume and the plants that the dolls in the form of children hold in their hands.  Although all of you may have seen them, the chances may be rare to get to know their manufacturing process.  The [Trial Class for Making Bonsai Artificial Flowers] starts off with an explanation on the process that you will never get to see in your daily life.  As you listen to the explanation, you can see that the artificial flowers are manually made following so many processes.  Mr. Okada, the third generation of “Okahan”, specially allowed us to see a part of the manufacturing process.


They start to make manually from where they line the silk fabric called habutae with Japanese paper and dye it.


You take a thin piece of fabric the upper part of which is dyed brown and the rest of which is dyed green and make a tube by coiling it around a thin bamboo strip.  You insert a small flower bud that you folded with a tweezer, which will become a branch of cherry blossom.


You bundle the cherry blossom branches that you made into a trunk to finish.

Let’s try making a branch of cherry blossom!

After learning the process briefly, the manufacturing experience starts.  With this experience, you will make a branch of cherry blossom by assembling a part of the dyed and cut parts, which will be bundled together with the other branches that have been prepared to make a trunk, and set them into a pot to complete.


The tools and parts that will mainly be used.  The green thing on the right-side corner will be the moss to be placed in the pot!



A hole will be made in the middle of the flower petal of the cherry blossom to insert the flower center, which you will then insert into a green-tubed part.


You will also insert the flower petal folded small into the green tube to make a branch of flower bud of cherry blossom.

When all parts are ready, try assembling them using the tapes!

When all parts for assembling are ready, you will now assemble them using the tapes.  While some tapes have glue on them, the one that the artificial florists use is without glue.  Ms. Kaku is trying to assemble the parts using the tapes without glue.  Some skills are required in this process, as you need to coil the tapes so they will not come of loose.


First, you will practice how to coil the tape.


Once you get the hang of it, you will move to the assembling process.


Assembling the parts one by one.  The finished appearances vary depending on where you place the parts on.  “It would help if you made it a habit to observe how the branches and leaves of cherry blossoms are attached”, says Mr. Okada.


Now, you set it into the pot and apply the paint mixed with glue on the surface of the trunk to shade it.


Placing the glue onto the pot to resemble moss.


Once the glue dries and the branches are properly arranged, the “bonsai artificial flower”, “cherry blossom”, is complete.

You can try making a “cherry blossom”, as well as a “pine tree”.  Also suitable for a gift!

The course chosen this time was the “cherry blossom”, but there is also another course available at “Okahan” for the [Bonsai Artificial Flower Making Experience], where you can make a “pine tree”.  Both “cherry blossoms” and “pine trees” bring luck.  They may therefore be good as a gift for celebration.  Please feel free to sign up and try making them.

  • Name of the company: Okahan
  • Address: 3-2-8 Otakubo, Midori-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama Prefecture
  • Business hours: (8:30-16:30)
  • Regular holidays: Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, Year-end and beginning of the year
  • Website: http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~okahan/
  • Access: app. 20-minute walk from “Urawa” Station, JR, or take a bus (Kokusai Kogyo Bus) from JR “Urawa” Station from “Urawa Station East Exit” and get off at “Otakubo” (2-minute walk from the bus stop)