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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Jidaiya: a unique Japanese cultural experience

December 7, 2015

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Jidaiya Edo Residence

Outline

Asakusa is a town that is still preserving a traditional Japanese atmosphere in the midst of a rapidly modernizing Tokyo. Amongst the many traditional Japanese restaurants, shrines and temples, it is Jidaiya that provides various Japanese culture experience programs such as Tea Ceremonies, Japanese Calligraphy and Japanese Drum Experiences in Asakusa. “Jidaiya Edo Residence”, the venue where all the programs are held, is a unique building that recreates the atmosphere of an Edo period (1603 - 1868) merchant storehouse. Sightseeing in Asakusa and experiencing Japanese culture in Jidaiya will provide you with meaningful experiences so you can better understand the essence of Japan. Next, I would like to introduce some highly recommended programs as well as the appeal of the Japanese culture experience programs of Jidaiya.

Features

1. You just show up and enjoy the program.
2. Large variety of “profound” and “authentic” Japan experiences are available here.
3. A good way to utilize your spear time in Asakusa.
4. Large groups and school trips are welcome.
5. Photo sessions are available to create you a lasting memory of Asakusa visit.
6. Combination of Rickshaw ride and Japanese Culture Experience is a popular choice.
7. Baggage check-in service is free of charge for our Culture Experience customers.

Rickshaw Driver Experience (Historic Background & Driver Experience)


Rickshaw Driver Experience

You can learn about historic background of rickshaw, as well as being able to experience the actual driving of it! We provide sufficient training on its basic operation, so anyone can enjoy the driver experience. (You can choose a customer role as well.)
*Optional: Real Meiji era & Taisho era rickshaws are available.

“Kago” basket palanquin Experience


“Kago” basket palanquin Experience

Do not miss this rare chance to experience “Kago” basket palanquin! You can enjoy carrier experience, customer role and learning its historical background.
Jidaiya owns a replica of Kago, which was a major means of transportation back in Edo era. You will find Kago is heavy, but that is a “weight of history”: you will feel, with your own body, the profound and “heavy”meaning of transportation shifted from two-men Kago to one man rickshaw. Because of that shift, the Kago carriers lost their job when Meiji era arrived, as you can imagine.

Tea Ceremony Experience


Tea Ceremony Experience

Try authentic tea ceremony at Jidaiya.
Certified tea master explains the history and principles of Japanese tea ceremony, how to use tea utensils and how the tea ceremony goes.
Then you experience the actual process of making tea.
The tea we make is to be served to you (or your companion). (Refreshment is served as well.)
*B Course: Watch the tea master making tea, which will be served to you. (Refreshment is served as well.)
Venue of the tea ceremony is Edo Residence whose interior is antique. You can enjoy taking fancy pictures!

Calligraphy Experience


Calligraphy Experience

This program will give you a nice souvenir from your Asakusa visit. You are to write your favorite Japanese character (Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana) with ink and brush on washi paper. We are ready to assist you to choose which character you want to write!

Paper Lantern Creation Program


Paper Lantern Creation Program

Assemble your own paper lantern, with a cool kanji character or your favorite image on it. It creates a nice souvenir from your Asakusa visit!

Fan-throwing Game


Fan-throwing Game

Play a traditional and elegant Fan-throwing Game, which has been played since Edo period. This game is suitable for only one person as well as a group. Throw a fan and win Jidaiya’s original prize!

Japanese Drum Experience


Japanese Drum Experience

Beat the soul out! Playing the Japanese drum is even better than listening to it, so let’s learn how to play it!

Kimono Experience (costume play)


Kimono Experience (costume play)

Are you in Japan? Then, why don’t you wear Kimono! We are proudly showing you a large variety of traditional costumes from gorgeous Furisode to cool Samurai costumes, from which you choose one and enjoy being in it, as well as being in pictures.
If you have kids, bring them with you! We have kids size as well. By the time the program is finished, photos would be printed and ready for you to take home.

More details of each experience can be found here.
http://www.jidaiya.biz/taikenmono_e.html

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