Our tour in October 2015 was fantastic...


We had great weather throughout and all had a great time exploring Kyoto's shops, temples and restaurants... These are a few of the photographs I took, I hope it gives you an idea of the variety of places and activities.


"I have enjoyed it so much. Your expert introduction to Kyoto has been invaluable and made it easy to get around.. thank you for all your guidance and patience with us (especially all the shopping!)...Thank you again for a wonderful tour. Ciao Putch"


See below for some of the photos!



Wednesday 7th

Arrival in Kyoto - there is Kyoto Tower!

We had an enjoyable dinner together in downtown Kyoto, Kaitenzushi (sushi train) as well as an orientation to Kyoto.

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Thursday 8th 

Walking by the bank of Kamogawa (river) and finding our way to Kiyomizu-dera, overlooking Kyoto. Along the way, many great, cute, interesting and fascinating shops.



Friday 9th

Visit to Shoichi Kitamura's workshop for an inspiring introduction to his work.

Afterwards visiting Daigo-ji (temple) in Yamashina - away from the hordes of tourists!

That evening we had a great dinner together in one of Yamashina's Izakaya.

Kitamura san demonstrates carving

Shoichi Kitamura Studio

 Daigo-ji tower

Daigo-ji Garden

Saturday 10th

Visit to the mountain village of Kurama. Some of us walked to the mountain top temple.. amazing!

That evening we went to Kyoto Station, an architechtural masterpeice with great views of Kyoto city at night.

Kyoto tower at night

Kurama-dera top


Sunday 11th

We took in the great exhibition "Rinpa - 400 years of Kyoto Style" (sorry - no photos), visited Kawai Kanjiro's house / museum and caught the sunset at Fushimi Inari Taisha (Shinto shrine)

Kanjiros house


Fushimi inari taisha torii


Monday 12th

Shopping! At downtown Kyoto's incredible array of shops selling beautiful and amazing goods. Many of us had a wish list, so we could go straight to the shops we wanted.

brush shop


knife shop

Tuesday 13th

Split into two groups after a relaxed lunch at a small sushi bar, one group started their workshop, and the other went on a tour of specialist shops.

sushi for lunch

Richard's workshop

laquer shop

Wednesday 14th

The first group completed their workshop and the other went on a mission to Arashiyama!


Arashiyama ohashi

bamboo forest


Thursday 15th

Swapping over, the second group started their workshop with Richard Steiner while the other group visited some specialist shops in Kyoto city.

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Richards Door

Friday 16th

The second group completed their workshop while the first went on a guided shopping mission to a variety of art shops and others on the wish list.

That evening we had a great dinner together at a small restaurant just around the corner from our accommodation.

Julies hanga

Putchs hanga

paint shop

Saturday 17th

Leaving to return home... some of us stayed on for further adventures!


What is Mokuhanga?


Detail of traditional print "Haru Nano Higashi Genji" by Kunichika Toyohara


Mokuhanga is the traditional water based printing technique, originating in China and perfected in Japan.

A print is created through design, carving blocks for each colour, then printing each colour successively until the print edition is completed.


Mokuhanga is the Japanese word for wood block print. The Japanese characters 木版画 are 木 wood, 版 block and 画 picture.


In Japan its meaning is the print itself, but in general contemporary use it means both the print and the technique. Mokuhanga is growing in popularity worldwide as learning becomes more accessible to people outside of Japan.



Kunisada Printmaking tripty




Mokuhanga is chemical free, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, uses relatively simple hand tools and equipment and requires little space to produce beautiful work. The natural beauty of the materials - wood, pigment and hand-made paper are all retained and enhance each other. A great choice for Artists or any creative person!


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Terry McKenna Mokuhanga

This is a short video showing teacher Terry McKenna making one of his mokuhanga...

You can find more about Terry's work on his dedicated website at www.egaku.com.au

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