" Temple Stamp Book ( Gosyuincho ) making @ bookmaking studio 1. Choose one for your book ( enjoy our beautiful collection of vintage kimono textile / cloth textile / varieties of fabrics ) 2. Making the interior page by Washi papers ( temple special style ) learning technic with special blush & glue for the book 3. Listen to the story how the craftsmanship are in Kyoto watching old machine works 4. Measure the book cover, other materials & cut those to the size 5. Highlight : learn how to make the Book-cover with bamboo & paper in traditional way ” Embossing ” We offer you the special opportunity to use our special machine & letterpresses, Those are you can’t experience anywhere in the world because the machine was made for the professionals and enough old. Some of them are the last forms in the world actually. Of corse, you need practices to get the point before embossing your own books using golden leaf ( or other colors like silver, red, blue, white ) –finish “Explore ( Let’s go out from studio ! ) “ About 5mins walking up to the shrine to get the first stamp by monks at shrines or temples neighbors. On the way, the road ( so called, Monster Street ) itself is enough historic, meaningful and interesting. The craftsman, Kimono maker and old shops around corner. Experience real Kyoto !
Handmade bookbinding using traditional silk kimono fabric is a coveted craft that results in a beautiful original functional work of art. Most book binding shops have turned into automated factories. I'm Tsutomu, a master bookbinder, has run my authentic hand-made bookbinding studio for over 55 years ago. Every step of the process has meaning, making it an artistic and meditational experience. Giving lecture of traditional bookmaking at the Universities of art & product design for 9 years. And experienced event of the workshop of Bookmaking & Embossing for the Kyoto city on
Payment for getting GOSYUIN ( one stamp & calligraphy ) for a book.
All materials & tools for Bookmaking & Embossing
Small studio on the ground floor of our four-storied family house. Located in the Kitano Hakubaicho district, one of the 4 original geisha entertainment areas, in the shadow of the Golden Temple. Pretty flowers welcome you into our antique bookbinding studio. Lots of letterpress, materials and tools of bookbinding including beautiful kimono silks are arranged in an interesting and joyful studio atmosphere for a hands on workshop.
It’s better to join the class before visiting some temples & shrines if you collect stumps there. Good matching to family activity !! Great & Only one souvenir with you when you leave local & professional studio.