Workshop tour tickets for Fall 2019 (10/23/2019 - 10/26/2019) were sold out. Please submit your application form for the possible tour date in Spring 2020. We’ll email you the updates.

 

Immerse yourself in a world of handmade paper, the art of gift wrapping and traditional crafts in one of the most scenic locations in Japan

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We’ll meet on the beautiful island of Shikoku, surrounded by the Seto Inland Sea, offering an abundance of art, tradition and nature. Here, you can experience a virtual travel in time as you are immersed in ancient Japanese traditions and modern culture.

Date: October 23 -26 (4 days) (Wednesday through Saturday)

Where we meet: Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan


What is this program about?

This is a four-day immersive workshop in Japan that provides hands-on training and lessons along with an abundance of creative inspirations from every aspect - from history and philosophy to concepts, techniques, and skills.

You will have multiple experienced instructors and artisans teaching you specific skills to upgrade your gift wrapping knowledge and techniques.

This will be a small focused group and you’ll receive personalized tips and one-on-one advice as needed, and a certificate to complete all the lessons all while experiencing the culture, food and beautiful scenery of Japan.

What will I get from this program?

  • Understand the philosophy of the art of gift wrapping

  • One-on-one advice for your gift wrapping techniques and ideas

  • Direct advice from Japanese craft experts and artisans

  • Gain more knowledge about the tools and materials

  • Gain more confidence in designing and creating designs

  • Networking - friendship and community supportive of each other


Itinerary

Day before the tour starts - 10/22/2019 (Tue)

  • 15:00 - ~ Check-in

  • 18:00 - Orientation (greeting + introductions + basic info about the tour)

Day 1 - 10/23/2019 (Wed)

  • 09:00 - Meet in front of the hotel (depart for the workshop locations)

  • 10:00 ~ Workshops + Tours

    • Papermaking factory tour

    • Kamisuki - Washi papermaking experience

    • Gilding Washi workshop

    • Washi paper shopping

    • Watoji-Hon Japanese style bookbinding with Washi paper workshop

    • Japanese style lunch plate using the local ingredients included

  • 18:30 ~ Back to the hotel

Day 2 - 10/24/2019 (Thur)

  • 09:00 - Meet at the workshop location

  • 09:00 ~ 16:00+ - Workshops

    • Japanese style gift wrapping workshop with Shiho

    • Japanese indigo dyeing workshop + Furoshiki making

    • Lunch at a cute Japanese style cafe included

  • 16:00 ~ - Free time to visit some of the city’s iconic places (we’ll provide more information)

Day 3 - 10/25/2019 (Fri)

  • 08:00 - Meet in front of the hotel (depart for another town)

  • 10:00 ~ 15:00+ - Workshops and Education

    • Paper museums

    • Paper craft workshops (postcard & business card making experience with Washi paper)

    • Mizuhiki paper cord workshop

    • Lunch included

  • 16:00+ - Shimanami Kaido viewpoint to enjoy the spectacular views of Seto Inland Sea

  • 19:00 - Back to the hotel

Day 4 - 10/26/2019 (Sat)

  • 09:30 - Meet in front of the hotel

  • 10:00 ~ 16:00 Workshops

    • Department style gift wrapping workshop

    • Stationery and paper shopping at the Japanese Mall

    • Free time at the Japanese Mall (lunch)

    • Furoshiki gift wrapping workshop

  • 16:00 - Kimono experience

    • Stroll the streets

    • Photo time

  • 19:00 - Closing night party!

Day 5 - 10/27/2019 (Sun)

Premium program

  • 09:00 - 18:00 The art of gift wrapping workshop with Shiho

    • Lunch included



Price for the ticket

Regular Program: $2,775 (SOLD OUT)

  • Tour Dates: 10/23/2019 - 10/26/2019

  • Accommodation: 5 nights

  • Check-in: 10/22/2019 (15:00 - 24:00)

  • Check-out: 10/27/2019 (~11:00)

Premium Program: $3,275 (SOLD OUT)

  • Tour Dates: 10/23/2019 - 10/27/2019

  • Accommodation: 6 nights

  • Check-in: 10/22/2019 (15:00 - 24:00)

  • Check-out: 10/28/2019 (~11:00)

  • One full day gift wrapping workshop with Shiho

  • Breakfast and lunch included

  • One extra night accommodation included


What is included in your ticket?

  • The art of gift wrapping workshop with Shiho

  • Tour of a paper mill and learn about papermaking

  • Kamisuki, a Japanese papermaking workshop to make your own Washi paper

  • Mizuhiki, Washi paper cord art workshop to create decorations for gift wrapping

  • Aizome, a Japanese indigo dyeing workshop to create your own Furoshiki wrapping material

  • Furoshiki gift wrapping workshop

  • Gilding Washi papermaking workshop

  • Watoji-Hon, a Japanese style bookbinding workshop

  • Department style gift wrapping workshop

  • Shopping for Washi and handmade Japanese papers and stationery

  • Shopping experience at the Japanese Mall

  • Visit Paper Museums and experience paper craft workshop

  • Experience spectacular views of Shimanami Kaido and the Seto Inland Sea

  • Kimono wearing experience

  • Japanese style lunch for 3 days

  • Hotel accommodation for 5 nights with an award-winning Japanese breakfast buffet for the regular program

  • Hotel accommodation for 6 nights with an award-winning Japanese breakfast buffet for the premium program

  • All the transportation between the hotel to each workshop and tour locations

  • Closing night party (yes, an amazing dinner reservation is included!)

  • Materials and tools for all the workshops

  • Printed and digital materials of workshop contents

  • Private Facebook group

  • Invitation to join the monthly membership site for 1 month after the trip (2020)

  • Tourism information about the area

  • Unlimited email support for the travel plans


    What is NOT included in your ticket?

  • Flights to/from Matsuyama Airport (MYJ) and transportation between the airport and hotel

  • Travel insurance

  • Dinners except the 4th night (closing night party)


Workshop and activity photos

 

Organizer

Shiho Masuda, a founder of Shiho Masuda gift wrapping online school, has been a professional gift wrapping artist/instructor for over 15 years. She has been passionately sharing her ideas and techniques and transforming people’s gift-giving into memorable experiences through the art of gift wrapping.

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While an international student in New York City, she was enchanted with the world of handmade papers and the art of gift wrapping and her life hasn’t been the same since. She initially provided custom gift wrapping services to individuals and corporations before conducting workshops and classes, teaching others the methods she learned and developed during years of working as a gift wrapping artist.

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When YouTube emerged, she recognized an opportunity to share her ideas with a larger audience online and started creating and uploading gift wrapping videos, which eventually led her to collaborate with brands and businesses for designing packages and creating custom videos as well as conducting on-site workshops both domestically and internationally, including in the U.S., Thailand, India, Japan, Australia, and China.

In 2016, she established an online gift wrapping school to provide more constructive lesson programs, and currently, more than 2000 students have enrolled in the courses.

Many of her students and viewers expressed interest in learning more about the materials, philosophies, and techniques, and the idea was formed to create a one of a kind workshop tour in the heart of Japan that would provide an immersive experience in the world of gift wrapping.

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She traveled back to her childhood home of Ehime to research more and to connect with local craftsmen, creating a tour program together. The workshop experiences are carefully designed to help you expand your knowledge and upgrade the quality of your gift wrapping.

Most importantly, she loves teaching in person and wishes to help you transform your gift giving forever through this experience while enjoying the culture, the tradition, and the art of Japan together.


Other information

  • You’ll have free time in the evenings to explore the area/city and enjoy different cuisines if you like

  • All the workshops will be conducted in Japanese by the artisans and creators and will be translated into English

  • The tour tickets are non-refundable, however you can transfer your ticket to someone else anytime before the tour date


What happens after the sign-up?

Once your reservation is confirmed, you’ll be given more detailed information on our meeting place and accommodation. You’ll continue receiving more information about the trip leading to the travel date. Also, please join the private Facebook group for the Japan workshop tour to continue learning more about the content of the trip.

As the travel time gets closer, you’ll get personal emails from me for the things you’ll need to prepare and expect.