Katazome (Stencil Dyeing) with Masayuki
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • 16 hours over 4 days

Katazome (Stencil Dyeing) with Masayuki

Set in serene and scenic Kyoto, discover the traditional art of stencil dyeing and painting from Japanese master artist Masayuki. Design your own paintings or prints, create stencils, dye and draw, all inspired by Kyoto’s four seasons, the sky color and sounds of nature. When you take this experience home, you will see nature in a different way.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $1125
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $600

Meet the Artist

Masayuki is a master painter and katazome artist, a Japanese stencil dyeing technique to create repeated patterns. Initially used for making kimonos, this technique has been passed down through Masayuki's family, each generation trying new things, from traditional textiles to contemporary styles on handmade paper (washi) to create modern paintings.

Masayuki's paintings cross genres, combining different techniques, and have been exhibited worldwide. He is inspired by Kyoto's scenery, the sparkling flowing river water, the shading of old buildings, the sun shining through the trees, sunrises and sunsets, the moon peeking through the clouds, flowers swaying in the wind, and so on. He has also created art pieces based on 72 poems from Man'yōshū (literally "Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves"), the oldest extant collection of Classical Japanese poetry.

He likes to share the excellence and techniques of his craft with others to create gentle, exquisite, and beautiful artworks. You can expect to be mesmerized.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Learn the Japanese art of Katazome.
  • Deepen your consciousness about the gentle, exquisite, and beautiful expressions of this art form.
  • Learn to design, cut stencils, and create original stencil papers.
  • Understand the specific meaning of traditional patterns and how to use them.
  • Explore dyeing techniques using pigments and Sumi ink.
  • Learn a unique way of drawing on your artwork using brush techniques.
  • Walk and sketch in Masayuki’s favorite spots nearby.
  • Explore the famous Nanzen-ji temple.

Explore Kyoto

Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan. It is home to traditional techniques of dyeing kimonos and Japanese-style paintings that have been created and passed down over the years – both techniques that are incorporated in Masayuki’s work.

Masayuki’s studio is located near Nanzenji, which has the highest prestige among Zen temples in Japan, and Lake Biwa Canal, which is famous for its cherry blossoms and weeping willows. From Kinkaku-ji, the golden temple, to the secret moss garden of Saiho-Ji, history and tradition lie in wait around every corner of Kyoto.

Additional Details

The best time to visit Kyoto is in Spring during the famous cherry blossom season, or in the fall to experience beautiful foliage. Winter can be beautiful too but expect light snow.

This VAWAA is not available for a longer duration. Also the studio is not suitable for wheelchairs due to narrow passages.

Masayuki speaks Japanese and basic English.
Masayuki's Availability 4 days

Guest Reviews

  • Christina D., Ireland

    It was wonderful that Masayuki was able to pass on the Katazome technique to me. His experience and knowledge were evident and it was a full on workshop with examples to bring back with me. I learned a lot about pigments and particularly indigo and the many wash layers. It was an enjoyable learning experience particularly the sketching while walking in the gardens of the Shrine and collecting frag Read more

  • Terry B., United States

    Having the opportunity to work with Masayuki in his home studio was a special experience. His father and uncle were also Katazome artists and I saw some of their stencils and books. I learned a lot and Masayuki's wife was also an exceptional hostess.

  • Sibylle M., Switzerland

    I was able to experience a good insight into the technique of Katazome.

    His wife and Masayuki greeted me with tea and with beautiful Japanese sweets. The studio is very centrally located to visit some temples and sights.

    He showed me many stencil papers from his father, and i could see and feel, how much time it needs for making the stencil Paper.

    For some Katazome works, i was allowed
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