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 treasure within themselves.

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.

 

​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 Experiences

 
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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. 
​(Duration 2h, Private Group: 4 people+ ¥11,000  including Lacquering process fee    )

Kamakura-bori, Guided Tour, Demonstration and Carving Experience
(鎌倉彫作家ギャラリーでの鎌倉彫実演と体験)

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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.​
 ​(Duration 1h, 6 people+  ¥5,000 pp)

Intro to Zazen at Tea House

(初心者歓迎:古茶室での座禅会・呈茶つき​)

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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.​ ​
​(Duration 2h, Private Group: 6 people+,  ¥7
,500pp *Shipping not included )

Ceramics and Wagashi by Temple in Kamakura
(古民家で陶芸&和菓子)

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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!  (Duration 1.5h, : 1 people+, ¥5,000 pp  *Shipping not included )

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

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You will experience pottery making with an electric wheel at the forested valley in Kita-Kamakura. There is an important process when using an electric wheel called “shin dashi,” or “centering.” The process is very similar to meditation for centering your mind. After a mindful time with the electric wheel, enjoy a simple Japanese breakfast of rice, miso soup, and pickles with a side dish, right out of the kitchen. A mindful pottery experience at Kita-Kamakura is a great way to start your day.​
(Duration 1.5h, Private Group: 4 people+,  ¥7,5
00 pp  *Shipping not included)

Centering Your Mind through Wheelthrowing and Simple Breakfast 
(古民家でのマインドフル陶芸&和朝食)

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We will guide you to Kamakura’s iconic vegetable market, well known as the “Renbai” by locals. After shopping, we will move to the kitchen in the 85 years old traditional Japanese house. You will cook miso-soup with the fresh veggies you got from the market, learn how to make onigiri and pack you own bento-box as you like! You can take home the empty bamboo skin lunch box as a souvenir.​ 
(Duration: 3.5h, ¥7,000 pp,  2h for only Bento Making Experience, ¥6,000 pp, 6 people+, )

Farmers' Market Tour and Make Your Own Bento
(市場で鎌倉野菜買物&古民家でおにぎり弁当作り)

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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. 
 (Duration 0.75h, 1 person+ ¥7,300 - pp)

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

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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.
 ​(Duration 1h, 6 people+, ¥10,000 pp)

Intro to Tea Ceremony
(本格茶室での茶道体験)

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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.
(Duration 2h, 6 people+ ¥7,500 pp)

Shojin Ryori 
(精進料理体験)

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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.
 (Duration 1h, 6 people+, ¥5,000 pp)

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

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You may have seen moss in Japan, but do you know anything about moss? You will learn about moss with the 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 the moss terrarium is not allowed to take outside of Japan due to the plant protection law. We recommend this workshop to residents in Japan.
 (Duration 2h,
5 people+ , ¥6
,000 pp)

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

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We will walk and hike to introduce the natural beauty of Kamakura with a professional gardener and horticulture specialist.
 (Duration 2-4h, 6 people+  ¥5,0
00 pp - )

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

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You may have seen and tasted Japanese wagashi sweets, but have you ever made them? You can experience making wagashi, reflecting the season. We can even arrange a tea ceremony with your own made Japanese sweets.
 ​(Duration 1h, 6 people+ ¥4,500 pp - )

Intro to Wagashi Making in Kamakura
 (和菓子作り体験) 

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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.
 (Duration 1.5h, 4 people+ ¥5,500 pp )

Tatami Yoga with Yakuzen Teatime​ 
(古民家の畳で楽しむ薬膳ヨガ​​)

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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 learn the proper manners for receiving seals at temples and shrines while enjoying matcha tea and wagashi served by the tea master. The matcha cafe is right behind the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Maybe, you can ask for your first Goshuin seal there after the class?

*The book can also be used as a diary or scrapbook.
 (Duration 2h, 4 people+, 
¥6,500 pp )

Goshuincho Stamp Book Making at Matcha Cafe
(鎌倉の茶房で御朱印帳作り​​)

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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 Takara-no-Niwa, located 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!
Besides using it as a hand towel, you can hang your own tenugui as decoration, or use it to wrap a gift.

 (Duration 1.5h, 4 people+, ¥5,500 pp )

Indigo Dyeing - Dye Your Own Tenugui Hand Towel 
(藍染体験:手ぬぐいを染めよう@北鎌倉の古民家)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kamakura Mind

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

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