In the serene heart of Japan, where tradition meets nature's beauty, we unveil a remarkable opportunity that celebrates the artistry of kintsugi and urushi lacquer forestry. After a year of dedicated effort and collaboration with the rural town of Daigo, we announce our first annual Japan travel experience workshop: Experience Urushi Forestry + Kintsugi, scheduled from December 6th to 9th, 2023, amidst the Urushi forest of Daigo, Ibaraki Prefecture.
Japan Travel Experience:
Urushi Forestry Experience + Kintsugi Workshop
Date: DECEMBER 6-9 , 2023
Place: Ibaraki, Japan
Travel Responsibly. Travel Japan for Good Social Cause.
Venture beyond the often-trodden 'Golden Route' of Tokyo and Kyoto. While dubbed 'golden' by some, it comes with significant downsides. It's not so good when Mount Fuji is becoming "Like Disneyland!"
At Taketombo and Goenne.com, our mission has always been to venture beyond the bustling streets of Tokyo and the historic temples of Kyoto. We aim to address the challenges posed by over-tourism and foster greater interest and economic vitality in Japan's equally significant rural towns.
Hidden away, Daigo lies in Ibaraki Prefecture, just 100 miles north of Tokyo. Here, a close-knit community of lacquer foresters tirelessly preserves a trade of utmost importance: the cultivation of home-grown urushi lacquer, a resource that fulfills only 3% of the industry's demand. This labor-intensive, low-yield process has been abandoned by newer generations, yet a dedicated group of artisans remains resolute in protecting their agricultural wisdom and skills, ensuring the production of exceptionally high-quality urushi lacquer, a symbol of Japan's pride.
Our goal is to bring their remarkable work to the world stage, unveiling the untold stories and under-appreciated craftsmanship that reside in the heart of Daigo. And bring new economic activities to this small community in need to sustain their craft legacy.
The Kintsugi Fever
Kintsugi has surged in global popularity over the past few years, captivating hearts with its exquisite blend of history and philosophy. During our recent workshops in the US, engaging with passionate learners and devoted advocates hungry to delve deeper into this craft, we we realized many were unaware of Kintsugi's deep-rooted connection to Urushi Lacquer. This revelation has fueled our determination to share stories and knowledge. We recognize that many discerning seekers, yearn for more than just a prepackaged Kintsugi kit and marketing jargon.
We see Kintsugi as more than a passing trend; it's a commitment to preserving an industry, knowledge, and skills for future generations. We invite you to join us in promoting the significance of lacquer cultivation and traditional Japanese crafts.
Join us for an enchanting three-night experience, nestled amid the Urushi forest, and discover the true essence of lacquer—the precious gift bestowed by Mother Nature and the relentless dedication of artisans who call the forest their home. Alongside, we will host an immersive Kintsugi workshop, offering profound insights beyond the romantic philosophy and mesmerizing gilding.
This is only the beginning. Read the story "ReStart from 3%", dedicated to Daigo's captivating narrative. We will work closely with urushi artisans and cultivators, tirelessly championing their work and seeking ways to sustain their craft. We begin with opening the door to Daigo to world travelers!
As a token of our appreciation, look for the coupon code on the website for a $100 discount on the first two seats reserved. Goenne members will also receive a $20 spending credit for our store. The deadline to reserve your spot is November 27, 2023.
Seating is very limited for this exclusive experience. Check it out now.