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This activity is only available from the middle of August till the following June. We are also closed on Sundays and holidays.
What you need to bring
- 日本語 (Fluent)
- English (Beginner)
I am the third successor of “Shinohara Furin”. I have helped my family business since 12 and have studied its history as well as finding new documents, which has helped gain Edo Furin’s present fame. I have given demonstrations and held galleries in Seattle, Chicago, Rotterdam, and New York (four times in NY). I also won the Incentive Award at the Edogawa Traditional Craftwork Galley. In 1998, I gave a lecture on glass for a TV drama broadcasted on NHK. In 2008, I became the owner of “Edogawa” district’s intangible cultural heritage.
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I didn’t think making wind chimes were so hard. Once I succeeded in making one, though, I had a great time painting and designing my wind chime. It’s really nice to just see their factory that has a retro-feel to it.
Had a great time making my furin. The host was very patient and let me try a few times until I managed to blow the glass after explaining and demonstrating the process. I was left alone to paint my furin, after looking at their beautiful selection for inspiration, so could take my time with it. I left with two lovely, unique souvenirs of my trip.
Junichi, the voyagin intern who met me at the subway station to take me to the factory, was very sweet. He helped translate every that was shown to us throughout the experience and made sure I found my way back.
I'd most definitely recommend this experience, it was wonderful to escape the city for a while and learn about the more traditional side of Japan.
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