Cultural Experiences

Cultural Experiences

Ibaraki offers various kinds of hands-on programs related to unique traditional lifestyles. For example, there are many historic craftworks you can try making. Also, the craftworks can be a good souvenir to take back home for your friends and family.
           

Making Pottery

Kasama-yaki Pottery
Make pottery from a lump of clay with potter’s wheel at facilities in Kasama City. Your ceramic works will be sent to you after being fired at a kiln and finished.  

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Yuki Tsumugi Silk

Join the programs including weaving the traditional silk fabric with a traditional weaving machine and indigo dyeing to make traditional Japanese patterns on cotton. A program takes about one hour for beginners. How about taking a walk around Yuki City, wearing kimono made of authentic Yuki Tsumugi? And, the city has lots of Yuki Tsumugi museums where you can learn about the silk from spinning to how to wear kimono. Yuki Tsumugi  

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Making Oyaki, a traditional snack

An unused school building with a history of 150 years is the venue for making oyaki which is a kind of round cake with fillings. First, you will make a dough from wheat flour and wrap some local ingredients with the dough, and bake the oyaki. It takes nearly one hour for you to make oyaki and eat them.

Making soba (buckwheat noodles)

 Northern Ibaraki is a good buckwheat producer, and by using the quality flour you can try making soba noodles. To serve delicious soba, you need to use freshly grained flour and make a dough and boil the noodles quickly. Soon after cutting the dough into noodles, you have the staff boil them and you can eat them. Hitachi Aki Soba

Matcha (powdered green tea) and the tea ceremony

 Ibaraki has several tea houses where you can experience the tea ceremony, including one at Nishiyama Goten. Japanese tea houses called chashitsu are specially designed small rooms for holding the tea ceremony. Pretty-shaped sweets are served with a cup of matcha. Why not try matcha during your stay in Ibaraki?

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