Traditional Brass Bell Crafting with Yoshinori
- Snacks, Coffee, & Tea
- One Guest
- USD $3365
- Additional guest(s) (max 4)
- USD $2160
Meet the Artist
Although bell-making is a practice steeped in tradition, he is constantly trying to modernize the craft by appropriating the skills used in bell-making to other mediums. You can see it in his modern suzugami plates and bowls where sheets of tin are hammered to become so malleable that they can be constantly reshaped. His pieces have been sought out by Nobu in Tokyo, Japan, and El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, among others. Not to miss, you'll also develop a keen sense of hearing making those bells!
- Making Rin Buddhist bell and/or suzugami plates.
- Hammering metal (brass, tin).
- Smoothing and shaping the bell using various tools (grinder, hammer, etc.)
- Learning how to create the three sounds of the Orin: "Kan," "Otsu," and "Mon".
- Fine-tuning the sound of the bell (with assistance by Yoshinori and his practiced ear).
- Visiting a metal manufacturer to do workshops.
- Visiting a temple to meet a monk and use the bell.
- Visiting another traditional craft studio (lacquerware).
- Relaxing at a meditation class at a nearby temple.
- Local sushi, seafood, sake and craft beer.
- Your own handcrafted rin bell and/or suzugami plates.
Explore Takaoka, Toyama
This VAWAA can host up to 5 guests. Guests do not need to practice Buddhism to learn the process of rin bell-making.
Children and elderly people are welcome if they have enough stamina to hammer for seven hours per day. If this sounds too difficult, this VAWAA is available for a longer duration (up to 5 days) so you can shorten the hours per day and expand the number of days to 4-5 days. We can also discuss opportunities for collaboration or internships.
Yoshinori speaks Japanese and is not fluent in English. We'll provide an interpreter for English/Japanese, at no additional charge.
Terry T., United States
We had a phenomenal learning experience with a true master artisan, one of only a few other master Keisu artisans in all of Japan. They accommodated our larger family group with grace and expertise. I am no artist, but transforming the three plain flat pieces of metal into our final product was magical and a life long memory. The passion and justified pride that Yoshinori holds for his craft, the Read more
Ronald Y., United States
the brass bell crafting workshop was a wonderful and positive experience. you craft your bell with other craftsmen in the work area. this workshop does each steps in a traditional manner using basic hand tools eg.,hammer and anvil. my sense accomplishment grows as i created a bell from thick sheets of brass. the craftsmen are happy help you improve your bell and skill, in part because they know so Read more