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Japanese cultural experiences led by world-class masters

Traditional Settings

Experiences in ancient temples, shrines, and gardens

Designed For You

Bespoke programs available for large and small groups

Authentic Japanese Experiences, Taught By The Masters
World-renowned masters. Traditional settings.

Wabunka Experiences offers you the chance to enjoy Japanese art as it’s been practiced for centuries. Discover the secrets of flower arrangement with a member of its oldest school, join a tea ceremony in an ancient garden, and learn calligraphy from an award-winning artist.
Wa” (和) means “Japanese,” and “bunka” (文化) means “culture. ” Since 2019, Wabunka Experiences has designed bespoke cultural programs for small groups and large clients including Apple Inc., Sumitomo Corporation, and the Embassies of the Czech Republic and Switzerland. We also offer live online experiences with the same roster of world-renowned experts as our in-person experiences.

ENQUIRIES & RESERVATION

 

WHY CHOOSE WABUNKA EXPERIENCES?

MASTER INSTRUCTORS

Authentic Instructors

Learn from world-renowned artists, professors and teachers who usually only work with specially-chosen disciples.

AUTHENTIC LOCATIONS

Experience Japanese art in centuries-old locations, like Kanda Myojin Shrine, Hosokawa Garden, and many others around Japan.

MULTILINGUAL SUPPORT

Many of our teachers speak both English and Japanese. We also offer interpretation and guidance in whatever language suits your needs.

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OUR EXPERIENCES

Our main programs are calligraphy, tea ceremony, and flower arrangement. All are taught by award-winning artists, professors, and masters of each art, in traditional venues including temples, shrines, gardens, and restaurants.

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Calligraphy
Shodo

書道

Read a world of meaning in every brushstroke. Japanese calligraphy, or shodo, developed from its Chinese counterpart with strong influence from Zen Buddhism.
The calligrapher must write with a clear mind and a confident, flowing brush – and get it right first time. Nowadays, calligraphy serves as both communication and art form, and plays a central role in tea ceremony and traditional interior design.

Our large group experiences include a calligraphy performance by the artist, which then forms the basis of a collaborative piece by the whole group.

Learn shodo from an award-winning artist. They'll teach you the basics, then guide you in writing a word or phrase of your choice.

Tea Ceremony
Sado

茶道

Discover meaning in the tiniest details. Tea ceremony, called sado or chanoyu, is a highly formalized ritual performed by both host and guest. Its roots lie in Chinese culture and the tea drunk by Zen monks in the 9th century.
Modern sado was codified by tea master Sen-no-Rikyu in the 16th century, and combined the exquisite social graces of the shogun with muted aesthetics and wabi-sabi philosophy.

After the main ceremony, you will become the host, and learn how to deepen your appreciation of Japanese tea.

Join a tea ceremony with a professor from one of Japan's oldest tea schools. They will guide you along each step of the ceremony.

Flower Arrangement
Ikebana

華道

Ikebana, also called kado, is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It originated in offerings at Buddhist altars, and was first codified in the 15th century.
Ikebana is notable for its distinct sense of space, often using far fewer flowers than Western styles. With just a few elements, the artist can express the nature of the seasons, the theme of a tea ceremony, and the relationship between nature and humankind.

In large group experiences, you'll also work on collaborative pieces, and discover flower arrangement as a performance art.

Learn ikebana from a master artist. They will guide you in expressing your chosen theme using traditional and modern methods.

ARTICLES

An Introduction to Ikebana : Japanese Flower Arrangement

Before you learn ikebana from a master artist, let’s learn a little about this ancient art. What is Ikebana? Ikebana (also known as kado) is the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement. Flowers, plants, leaves and branches are chosen according to the season to represent a theme or to establish the decor of a room – for this reason, it shares close links with Japanese tea ceremony. Ikebana differs from western flower arrangement in a number of ways. Most obvious is Ikebana’s emphasis on space and simplicity. Often far fewer elements will be used to create a piece. While western floral designs can usually be enjoyed from all angles,...

An Introduction to Shodo: Japanese Calligraphy

Before you learn calligraphy from a master artist, let’s explore the basics of this ancient art. What is Shodo? Shodo is Japanese calligraphy – the art of writing with ink and brush. With these tools, one can create fantastic, pictorial characters or highly detailed, precise works of scripture. The art came from China around 2000 years ago, and has been passed down since then as an aristocratic pastime, a scholarly skill, and a traditional art. In today’s digital age, the act of writing with one’s own hands takes on a meaning that computers or smartphones cannot match. The History of Shodo The Japanese language uses three scripts: kanji, hiragana,...

An Introduction to Sado: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Before you attend a tea ceremony yourself, let’s look at the basics of this traditional practice. What is Sado? Sado is the Japanese tea ceremony, also known as cha-no-yu or chado, the Way of Tea. It is a traditional and highly ritualized way of serving and drinking green matcha tea, involving a host and one or more guests. With a code that prescribes everything from the room decor to the topics of conversation, sado is an art that takes a lifetime to master, though its graces can be appreciated by anyone. The History of Japanese Tea Ceremony Tea was introduced to Japan from China in the 9th century by...

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