The Kamakura Mind Project

Our Mission

Kamakura Mind strives to bring more people into contact with Japanese artists and the depth of Japanese artistry by providing experiences in English featuring the culture, art, and nature of Japan, right here in the ancient capital of Kamakura. We hope that by discovering the treasures of Japan, our guests will also discover the treasure within themselves.

 

​We Design and Run Order-made
Experiences for You!

Friends and family looking for a real Japan experience?
Colleagues from abroad with free time between meetings?
Need an instructor or guide to hold an event at your office?


Kamakura Mind will create Kamakura mindful experiences tailored to your needs! 

 

​Our Programs

 

Kamakura-bori Guided Tour, Demonstration and Chopstick Carving
(鎌倉彫作家ギャラリーで鎌倉彫実演とお箸作り)

You will visit a gallery in a 50-year-old traditional folk house owned by the descendant of one of the oldest Kamakura-bori families, the master Kyukei Goto. He will talk about the history, styles, and making of Kamakura-bori, followed by a carving demonstration and hands-on experience.

 (2 hours, ¥30,000 for 1-2 people +¥5,000 per additional person over 2, includes lacquering fee, 10% tax additional)


Intro to Zazen at Tea House with Matcha Tea Time

(初心者歓迎:茶室での坐禅会・お抹茶と上生菓子つき​)

You will sit for a zazen meditation at an 85-year-old tea house. Beginners are welcome. Chairs provided upon request. Join us to enjoy the fresh morning breeze in forested Jochiji Valley at the foot of the mountain. After a 40-minute zazen session, you will enjoy homemade wagashi sweets and matcha tea with the priest.​
 ​(1 hour, 2+ people, please contact us for pricing)

Currently Not Available:
Ceramics and Wagashi & Matcha by a Temple in Kamakura
(古民家で陶芸・お抹茶と和菓子つき)

We invite you to experience one-and-a-half to two hours of Japanese pottery making and enjoy handmade Japanese sweets, wagashi and freshly whisked matcha tea in a relaxing environment surrounded by the nature of Kita-Kamakura, a place well known as the origin of the Zen Mind in Japan.​ Your piece will be shipped after drying and firing which takes about 2 months.
​(1.5 hours, 3+ people, please ask for pricing)

Make Your Own Rice Bowl and Chopstick Rest
(My茶碗と箸置き作り)

Rice is a staple of the Japanese diet and most Japanese have a favorite rice bowl. In this experience, you will make your own rice bowl using a mold, as well as a chopstick rest. You will be ready to enjoy your Japanese-style meal with your own rice bowl and chopstick rest! Your bowl will be shipped after drying and firing, it takes about 2 months. 
Instructor: Rei Toyoda

(1.5 hours, 3+people, ¥6,500 pp *shipping additional, +10% tax)

New!  Me Time with Clay 
(
土と向き合い器を作る)

This private workshop is perfect for a couple or a small group. Take 2 hours to spend some time with clay. There is no theme for this class. Follow your instincts, and create whatever you like to make by hand building or wheel throwing, whichever interests you. If you do not know where to start, do not worry. The instructor will guide you. Through pottery making, you may discover something new about yourself. Your pieces will be shipped after drying and firing which takes about 2 months.  Instructor: Rei Toyoda


(2 hours, ¥20,000 for 1-2 people, +¥7,000 per additional person over 2*, shipping additional, +10% tax) *up to 1kg of clay (makes approx. 2 bowls)

Currently Not Available:
Make Your Own Bento and Miso-Soup at Traditional Japanese House
(古民家でお弁当&お味噌汁作り)

We will cook Onigiri (Rice Ball) Obento lunch at 85 years old traditional Japanese house. You will cook miso-soup with fresh veggies from the local market, learn how to make onigiri and pack your own bento-box as you like! You can also use leaves from the garden to garnish your box. Lunchtime will follow. You can take home the empty bamboo skin lunch box as a souvenir.​ 
(2 hours)

Design Your Own Japanese Hanko Name Seal
(鎌倉ゆかりのはんこ店で名前はんこ作り)

Would you like to know how to write your name in Japanese? We can show you several ways to write your name in Japanese and make an original seal as a unique souvenir of your trip. You will design and we will carve them for you. Your original seal will be ready anytime in the afternoon of the experience!
 (1h, ¥10,000 pp, +10% tax)

Intro to Tea Ceremony
(本格茶室で茶道体験)


The ​tea master will demonstrate the tea ceremony while explaining the reasons behind each step. Gain a window into the Japanese mind through the tea ceremony. Experiencing tea ceremony at 85 years old authentic tea house exquisite will be memorable for sure. Outdoor tea ceremony is also available when weather permits.
 ​(1 hour, ¥40,000 for 1-2 people +¥3,000 per additional person over 2, 10% tax additional)

Currently Not Available:
Shojin Ryori Cooking - Traditional Japanese Buddhist Cuisine

(禅のふるさと鎌倉で精進料理)

Experience "shojin ryori," a Japanese vegetarian meal in its place of origin: Kamakura. You will participate in cooking such as vegetable sushi and sesame curd. Shojin Ryori is not merely a vegetarian meal. It is the origin of Japanese cuisine which applies the basic concept "Five Flavors, Five Colors, Five Ways," fully utilizing seasonal ingredients.
(2 hours)

Make Your Own Japanese Incense Sachet - a Charm Against Bad Luck 
(魔除けの香り袋作り)

Sachets are a blend of several granulated incenses, once used as charms against bad luck and as an insect repellent. You will blend incense to carry in your bag, or put in a drawer or anywhere else you might use potpourri. The master will help you to find the best combination for your ideal aroma.
 (1 hour, 2+ people, please ask for pricing)

Moss Art Terrarium Making with Moss Specialist 
(苔テラリウム作り​)

You may have seen moss in Japan, but do you really know moss? Learn about moss from a specialist. After the lecture, you will create a moss terrarium, a miniature world of moss (like a little moss bonsai) you can take home to enjoy! You will learn how to take care of moss at home as well. If you put on your desk at work, we assure you that it will be an oasis for your team!
*Please understand that it is not permitted to take the moss terrarium outside of Japan due to the plant protection law. We recommend this workshop for residents in Japan.


 (2 hours, ¥30,000 for 3+ people+10% tax)

Nature Walk in Kamakura 
(自然観察ウオーキングin 鎌倉​​)

Go on a light hike and learn about the natural beauty of Kamakura from a professional gardener and horticulture specialist. They will guide you around the Kamakura area taking paths only the locals know. Enjoy a walk and gain deep knowledge about the plants, trees, and wild grasses and their significance to Japanese culture. Anyone over 6 years old who can hike/walk about 2 hours is welcome.
 (2 hours, 3-5 people, Ages: 6+, ¥5,000 pp, +10% tax)


Wagashi Making and Tea Ceremony at an Old Tea House
(古茶室での和菓子作り&お茶会) 

You may have seen and tasted Japanese wagashi sweets, but have you ever made them? Join us and craft your own wagashi reflecting the season. Afterward, you will attend a special tea ceremony with your own handmade Japanese sweets. Chairs available. Basic tea ceremony manners will be taught by a tea master.

 ​(1 hour, 2+ people, please ask for pricing)

Currently Not Available:
Tatami Yoga with Yakuzen Teatime​ 
(古民家の畳で楽しむヨガ・薬膳スイーツとお茶つき​​)

In the midst of the forest of Jochiji Valley, with a backdrop of twittering birds and rustling leaves, experience deep relaxation by practicing yoga on tatami mats. The session is tailored specifically to the season—first with yoga and followed by teatime with medicinal "yakuzen" tea and snack, together with nutrition tips for preventing seasonal complaints.

 (1.5 hours
)

Goshuincho Stamp Book Making and Tea Ceremony
(茶房での御朱印帳作り・プチお茶会つき​​)

Goshuincho is a book of special seals collected as proof of having visited a temple or shrine. After learning about the tradition and history of the Goshuincho, you will choose, cut, and glue beautiful Japanese washi paper to make your own book. After making your Goshuincho, you will move to the tatami room where you will enjoy matcha tea and wagashi served by the tea master. The matcha cafe is right behind the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Maybe you can go there to ask for your first Goshuin seal after the class? *The book can also be used as a diary or scrapbook.

 (2 hours, ¥25,000 for 1-2 people, +¥3,000 per additional person over 2, 10% tax additional)

Indigo Dyeing - Dye Your Own Tenugui Hand Towel 
(古民家のお庭で藍染体験:手ぬぐいを染めよう)

Teunugui are Japanese-style hand towels made from cotton, usually 35 x 90 cm in size. Join our indigo dyeing workshop where you make your own tenugui hand towel by our garden and workshop space in a forested valley in Kita-Kamakura.
You will design your tenugui using wood pieces. This is a specific dying technique called Itajime shibori, a shaped-resist technique. You will dye the folded cloth, sandwiched between shaped pieces of wood held on with a clamp. When you unfold the cloth, your beautiful original pattern will be revealed!


 (¥25,000 for 1-2 people, +¥1,000 per additional person over 2, age: 6+, available April - early Nov, +10% tax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Kamakura Mind Project has three objectives:

1.

Design and Run Order-made Experiences

Design and manage new experiences to meet the requests of guests.

2.

Offer Ready-made Experiences

Standardize English-language offerings in the Kamakura area and make it easy for guests to find the right experience for them.

3.

Work with Partners

Help partners offer their experiences in English, with support for translation, interpretation, posting, marketing, reservations, and payment.

Kamakura Mind

Tel: +81-80-6866-9018
contact@kamakuramind.com

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