Kansai Area

Create your own traditional Japanese hair ornament

Create your own traditional Japanese hair ornament

from 139.00

Note: Minimum of two participants required. Solo guests may book at the price of two participants

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Experience Includes |

  • 5min - Brief introduction to the history and technique of tsumami-zaiku

  • 50min - Making your own tsumami-zaiku hair ornament

  • 10min -Browse the shop while the final product is gift-wrapped

    You will be accompanied by a friendly Detouur guide who will interpret in your language of choice, from English, French, or German. If you require translation in another language, please let us know at checkout and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Availability |

Everyday except Wednesday

Session 1 (10:30 - 11:35)
Session 2 (12:00-13:05)
Session 3 (13:30-14:35)
Session 4 (14:45-15:50)

Number of Participants:


Kita-ku, Kyoto
30 min. from Kyoto Sta.

Offered in Japanese
with English, French, or German interpretation

65 min Experience

7 people max.

About Tsumami Zaiku |

Tsumami Zaiku | tsoo-mah-mee Zai-koo
Japan's cloth pinching craft

Popularized during the Edo Period, Tsumami zaiku is Japan’s “pinching craft”, commonly used to create traditional hair sticks, known as “kanzashi”. Small, square pieces of silk are pinched into three dimensional flower pedals and glued together to create intricate flower designs. These delicate hair ornaments typically depict seasonal flowers and are worn on special occasions, such as festivals, holidays, coming-of-age ceremonies, and weddings. During the Edo period, the wives of samurai made tsumami zaiku hair accessories for their daughters, as elaborate hairstyles were popular during this time. Because of the elite samurai status, samurai daughters were often considered trendsetters. In reaction, entertainers and commoners began adorning their hair with this delicate craft as well. Tsumami zaiku hair ornaments are still an accessory to complement kimonos, with geishas and maikos regularly using these traditional hair sticks. Tsumami kanzashi are slowly being revived by young people interested in preserving the craft. Learn the artful details of tsumami zaiku with this experience and see for yourself the beauty of its attractive designs.


Things to note |

  • Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance.

  • If you need vision assistance and own reading glasses, please bring them along with you.

  • Children must be 12+ years to participate.

Cancellation Policy |

  • See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.