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From Japanese students to international students: the best things to do while you live in Kyoto!

From Japanese students to international students: the best things to do while you live in Kyoto!

There are many things you should do while you’re in Japan. Particularly in Kyoto, where there are many colleges, there are many facilities open to students. This article shows several facilities to better enjoy studying in Kyoto.

A) Experience Japanese Culture in Kyoto

There are a lot of places to experience traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto. This list contains several traditional things which are popular with Japanese people, too.

1. Japanese Pottery-making

Pottery is of course the art of creating cups, dishes, and so on from clay. Earthenware made in Kyoto is named Kiyomizu-yaki.

Study Kyoto Magazine recently visited Mori-Toki-kan, a popular Kyoto shop for pottery-making. The space inside the workshop was quite large and calm, and the natural scenery outside the window seemed very Kyoto-like.

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Q. What can visitors do at Mori-Toki-kan?

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A. We have two main courses, which are “Pottery-Making” and “Pottery Painting”.
The former lets visitors freely create a piece with a potter’s wheel, and the latter
lets visitors draw pictures onto earthenware. You can do both in around an hour.

 

About the “Pottery-Making” Course

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Q. What kind of earthenware can people create?

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A. You can create anything you want with your own ideas, from a plate, to bowl or
cup. You can design patterns on its surface, and create your own original piece!

 

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Q. Do you have any suggestions to create a better piece?

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A. Don’t focus on the details too much, and think of the overall balance.
Also, taking an objective view is important.

 

About the “Pottery Painting” Course

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Q. What kind of earthenware can people choose to paint on?

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A. You can choose from ten kinds of earthenware,
including cups, dishes, and more.

 

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Q. How many colors can people paint with?

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A. We have two courses. One is a course for drawing with
two colors (deep blue and black), and the other is a course for drawing with
five colors (the two colors above, as well as pink, yellow and green).

 

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Q. Can people who are not good at drawing still take the course?

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A. Yes, of course. You can draw anything, like your favorite characters,
and patterns which can express your personality.
The key is drawing a dynamic picture or character.

 

About Mori-Toki-kan

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Q. What do you think is the appeal of your pottery courses?

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A. You are able to have fun creating things, and feel
the satisfaction of making one that matches the image you had.
We also provide colors which are rare in foreign countries.

 

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Q. Can I participate if I only speak English?

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A. Yes, you can try the pottery workshop with our friendly staff in English, too.

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Q. Do people need to make a reservation?

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In spring and fall, we have many visitors, so you should confirm with us
in advance. In summer and winter, you can take a course without booking.
You can make a reservation by phone or email, so if you don’t speak Japanese,
you can email us. Also, you can make earthenware with an electronic potter’s wheel
if you make a request.

 

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Q. Can you ship overseas?

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A. Yes.

 

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Q. Could you give a brief message to foreign students?

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A. I hope they feel something when they experience Japanese culture.

In addition to the pottery courses, earthenware and Japanese souvenirs are sold in Mori-Toki-kan. The shop recommends its earthenware lampshades the most. Would you like to go to Mori-Toki-kan to learn about Japanese culture?

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Address:  2-254 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

TEL: 075-561-3457

E-mail: moritoukikan@pure.ocn.ne.jp

Open: 9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m. weekdays

9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m. weekends and holidays

*Must arrive by 3:30 p.m. for pottery courses

Access: [From JR Kyoto Station] City Bus Route 206 or Route 100

[From Kawaramachi Station] City Bus Route 207

Get off at Kiyomizu-michi or Gojo-zaka and walk 7 min.

URL: http://www.moritoukikan.jp/en/

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2. Soba-Making Experience
Soba is a Japanese traditional food, made of buckwheat. In Kyoto, there is a shop in which people can try a soba-making workshop, and of course they can take their soba home with them. How about a taste of your own original soba?

Kiyomizu-Tei
This shop is located near Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Yasaka-Jinja Shrine. People must make reservations for two or more, so please visit after reserving by phone or online.

Address: 257-17 Kiyomizu 2-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
TEL: 075-744-6771
Open: 9:00 a.m.~5:00 p.m.
Access: [From JR Kyoto Station] City Bus Route 206 or Route 100
[From Kawaramachi Station] City Bus Route 207
Get off at Kiyomizu-michi and walk 5min.
URL: http://taiken-jp.net/kiyomizu/experience_eng.html

3.Taking a Walk in Kimono
Kimono is the traditional clothing of Japan. You can rent it to walk around in one of the many rental shops in Kyoto, especially around tourist spots. Choose your shop according to its location and the available patterns of kimono.

B) Films and anime to learn Japanese

There are plenty of Japanese programs or films that can help your Japanese studies. You may improve not you’re your language skills, but you may also come to understand Japanese culture and ideology more. This list shows the kind of TV and movies which Japanese people recommend to learners of Japanese.

1.Ghibli Films

“Ghibli Films” is a generic name for movies made by Studio Ghibli, which are loved by many people, from children to adults. Famous films include “Spirited Away”, “Princess Mononoke”, and “My Neighbor Totoro”. The words in these movies are not too difficult, and you can learn about Japanese and Japanese culture in a fun way with the unique world of Ghibli.

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2.TV anime

Anime such as “Doraemon”, “Pokemon”, and “Crayon Shinchan” can be good tools to study Japanese because their stories are short and easy to understand. Even though they are for children, adults can enjoy them, too. Some anime that require a higher Japanese level include “ONE PIECE”, “Dragon Ball,” and “Naruto”.