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1月 26, 2019 0

First guest from Israel


They took a Udon and Origami making class!
Folded Origami Pikachu, crane, box and medal:)
She is a teacher at a kindergarten. So she tried to remember for her kids:)
I hope she did teach them well!!
Origami is supposed to kids play. I used to make lots of Origami when I was like 3-6 years old;)

Their Udon looks like のれん(Noren)!!
They are a very nice couple♡ Lots of mile:)  I sometimes wonder why all my guests are so awesome!!

They also liked my handmade Origami earrings and Tsumami-zaiku accessories!!
Brought them back home 7 of them O.o!!
He also picked a few and mentioned me those were presents not for him;D
So glad they liked them♡

They left great reviews on Facebook and TripAdvisor.
This is the one on TripAdvisor.

Great and fun experience, a must if you are visiting Tokyo
We have decided to take our vacation this year in Tokyo, we are always looking for something local and if possible combined with artistic experience.
We have found Wakalture on trip advisor with very high recommendations so we booked us the Wakalture experience.
From the minute we booked our visit, Wakana introduced herself and we started corresponding by mails, Wakana had explained everything so we knew exactly what to expect for.
We arrived to Wakana apartment, Wakana was so welcoming and nice with a great attitude and made us feel like home.
We booked the Udon and Origami experience, we started with the Udon dough preparation and while we had to wait about an hour for the dough to be ready we did the Origami part.
Wakana was so nice and patient with us and made it fun and enjoyable experience for us. 
We are grateful and fortunate to have meet Wakana and taking that experience, it is highly recommended.

Thank you for coming to Wakalture!!

If you’re interested in Japanese calligraphy (Shodo), Cooking (Udon, Tamagoyaki), Origami or Tsumami-zaiku then please contact me!!
You’ll learn the Traditional Japanese Calligraphy;) I have a license to teach Calligraphy and over 20 years of experiences.
info@wakalture.com
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1月 18, 2019 0

Calligraphy and Tea ceremony

 
She came for the Japanese calligraphy and Tea ceremony classes!

She chose the best word (for me lol).
食(Shoku) means eat;9 I always say, I LIVE TO EAT!!

Then she went to the Tea ceremony on the other day.
  
Why I don’t do Tea ceremony classes by myself?
Because I don’t have much experiences for it. I actually wanted to learn Tea ceremony few years ago and my Calligraphy teacher who is also a master of Tea ceremony let me join her lesson as a trial. It was fun but there are soooo many things that I have to know and memorise. Like,,, how to entre, how to walk, how to bow,,, then I just gave up!! I thought it was going to very hard to be a professional in my age (also I want to gain my Calligraphy skill more).

But since I know there are people who don’t know much about tea ceremony but teach it to tourists (same as calligraphy😞), I asked her if she could help. So at least my guests will only experience the true authentic tea ceremony.
Tea ceremony, Calligraphy and many of traditional arts, it’s not something you can get in a few years. Even 10 years. That’s why that’s skill. We spend lots of time, money and more to gain our skills. 
I’ve seen some of other Calligraphy classes like Wakalture. I saw their writing, they didn’t have skills but tourists didn’t know or couldn’t judge so they keep doing. Sadly even most of Japanese also don’t know.
When I started Wakalture but had no guests for a while, I was frustrated seeing posts of them having many gueste lol Because I knew I could do better:P 
But also got to know some of tourists may not really care about it (instructor was skilled or not). They seemed happy to just try them anyway.
My guests somehow felt the differences though:)

Before starting Wakalture, my skill of calligraphy was just for me as it was just a big hobby. But now, I teach Calligraphy with our unique culture to my guests from all over the world. So I feel my skill is worth more now😌💕
I really appreciate finding, choosing and coming to Wakalture on their trip! Also my teacher’s support:)

If you’re interested in Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) and Tea ceremony, then please contact me!!
You’ll learn the Traditional Japanese Calligraphy;) I have a license to teach Calligraphy and over 20 years of experiences.
info@wakalture.com
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1月 16, 2019 0

Emotenashi Interview


I had an interview by Emotenashi, Kaonoe-san.

This is the article he wrote:)
“Wakalture Experience offering real Japanese culture” 

He brought my portrait which he drew!!
 
See the details!! My outfit, name tag, necklace which I always wear, Tsumami-zaiku corsage and even the mole on my neck!!
He said he wasn’t a pro illustrator but I know he can be if he wants!!haha

About him, Kaonoe-san. He draws portraits of tourists to Japan on Instagram.
His Instagram: @kaonoe_japan_illust
He picks photos at random which tourists posted on Instagram. Then draws their portrait, send it to them as a surprise gift!!
Isn’t it amazing?!

He says he will keep continuing this project until Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Then have an exhibition “welcome” to many tourists who visit Japan in 2020.
He called this project “EMOTENASHI”
Emotenashi is a coined word with “E” and “Omotenashi”.
“E” means picture or illustration.
“Omotenashi” is hard to define in English because to understand it’s to experience Japan in-person. It’s hospitality but a Japanese way of hosting and serving guests.

This is the original article in Japanese.
“日本の本物の文化を体験してもらいたい”

If you’re interested in Japanese calligraphy (Shodo), then please contact me!!
You’ll learn the Traditional Japanese Calligraphy;) I have a license to teach Calligraphy and over 20 years of experiences.
info@wakalture.com
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1月 14, 2019 0

Finally a friend who made this website came to Wakalture!


Keith is my friend from England who used to live in Japan.
I met him 6 years ago after I came back from my working holiday in Australia. We just kept in touch then after I came back from Canada (also working holiday), I decided to start Wakalture for visitors to Japan. Since I know he is a designer, I asked hime to create Wakalture’s logo, flyer and this website.
As you see, he created this cool website!!
This is his website; https://www.gd86.co.uk

That was 2016. He’s finally come to Wakalture after 2,5 years just before he left Japan!!


He chose 虎 means tiger to write.
Even though he knew the kanji, it was still challenging for him!

He left a great review on TripAdvisor:)

As I know quite a bit of kanji already, I still found it interesting to try my hand at shodō under the eye of Wakana Sensei. She taught me some meanings of kanji that I had no idea about, as well as other parts of the Japanese culture. It was really interesting, as you get to learn about kanji, and also understand more about how difficult it can be.

If you’re interested in Japanese calligraphy (Shodo), then please contact me!!
You’ll learn the Traditional Japanese Calligraphy;) I have a license to teach Calligraphy and over 20 years of experiences.
info@wakalture.com
Contact & Access
Other Wakalture Activities

1月 10, 2019 0

Guests from Make-A-Wish


I had an offer from Make-A-Wish through Airbnb experience.
Yohan and his family visited me for Udon making and Calligraphy class:)
They came from Quebec, Canada. I’ve visited there when I lived in Toronto few years ago. So we enjoyed talking about their city too!!
 
They enjoyed making Udon noodle from scratch!!

Then they tried Japanese calligraphy.
It’s not easy to write with brush but they enjoyed the difficulty too;)

Their works:)
From the left hourse, car, family.
They chose the words which they like.

They also liked my handmade accessories (Origami earrings, Tsumami-zaiku hairpin etc…) and brought some back home:)

I hope I could help Yohan’s travel more memorable:)

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