Craft Camp Kawada 2015

Craft Camp Kawada 2015

Learning traditional handicraft in Japan!

Looking for 5 creators from the Netherlands
for joining Craft Camp Kawada in this summer!

This is a cultural exchange program between Japan and the Netherlands. Dutch creators can join the “Kawada Art Camp*” during the summer time to experience countryside life style and to study traditional craftsmanship. In Kawada area you will find the typical Japanese countryside scenery, which consists of mountains and rivers with clear water and agriculture. It is also an area where you will find a lot of traditional craftsmanship. Dutch creators can stay in an old style wooden building together with Japanese art students and learn about local culture and the way of living through daily life. Craft Camp Kawada offers Dutch creators the unique chance to learn traditional crafts from local craftsmen. In order to make communication go smooth language support will be provided for.

* “Kawada Art Camp” is a unique summer school for art students. It is set up in camping style where all students stay in a traditional house, live together and develop their own art pieces, projects and studies of local crafts. “Kawada Art Camp” is located in Kawada area in Sabae city, Fukui prefecture, which is famous for its “Echizen Lacquerware”.


Period of the project:

From August 1st – September 20th, 2015 (Free to decide your length of stay)


Kawada area in Sabae city, Fukui prefecture
See Kawada area on Google Map

Craft courses:

There are 3 courses (below A – C) to be chosen from Japanese lacquer, woodwork and making glass frames. These are the main local traditional handicraft products of Sabae-cho. You can choose one course, but you can also choose 2 (for example A+B, see below).
The cost for each of the 3 courses will be the fee for the teachers (20,000 yen) + material costs.
Those local craftsmen will be teaching you their techniques, or helping you to create your products with their techniques. They will be available for you almost everyday during your stay, except the time when they are busy with other works.

Craft course A: URUSHI (Japanese traditional lacquer)
Urushi is one of the main craft products of this area. There are many craftsmen who have studios in Kawada. Craft Camp offers a chance to learn the painting technique, inlaying gold technique or to learn “Maki-e” sprinkled picture.

Craft course B: Woodwork
Mountains and forests surround Kawada. There are many carpenters and craftsmen who work with wood. They have been making many wooden products together with lacquer craftsmen. This course allows you to work with the craftsmen, so you can experience their techniques and you can also create your own things by using their techniques.

Craft course C: Making glass frames
Sabae-city is famous for its glass frames, having a 96% share of the domestic market and 20% share of the worldwide market. You can learn about glass frames, its materials, the technique used and you can also develop your own design with them.

Transfer to the camp:

Own transfer. From Kansai International Airport, you can take the high way bus to Kyoto Station, which will be the easiest. From Kyoto station you can take the JR lines.


There are free accommodation for you to stay (below 1, “Co-Minka”). You will stay with many art students from Kyoto art academies. They are young and staying there very enthusiastic, so they will stay awake late often, and you won’t get much privacy. There are 2 B&B (below Accommodation 2-A & 2-B) nearby, so you can choose to stay in one of those B&B, you can also combine, stay in “Co-Minka” (Accommodation 1) and sometime staying Accommodation 2 or 3 for relax.

Accommodation 1. Shared stay in a traditional wooden house “Co-Minka”
Cost: free of charge
Food: 300 yen per day (consists of a group meal and you will need to cook yourself as well)

Please note: This camp offers you to stay in a big old wooden house. People stay there sleeping next to each other and there are no private rooms, nor is there any privacy. The tasks for cooking, cleaning and doing the laundry are shared. These tasks have to be shared besides the time you will spend on the course(s). Usually you have to take care of one of these tasks 3 days a week. Living together without privacy can be very challenging for some people, especially since the sleeping time can be much less than normally.

Accommodation 2. Staying in a private accommodation
Cost: 1 night 3000 yen – 5000 yen (excl. food)
Food: 300 yen per day (same as 1) We recommend you to combine both option 1 & 2 for your stay, so you can save some money (option 1) and stay in a more private accommodation (option 2) to relax sometimes.

There are 2 B & B accommodations in Kawada.

Accommodation 2-A: B & B with Japanese & western style rooms “La Pose Kawada”
Toilet: western style
Room with toilet and room with sharing toilet, both available.
Bath: big bath (onsen style, sharing with other guests)
Price: 1 night 5500 yen, 7500 yen during weekend (without breakfast)

Accommodation 2-B: farm B & B “Wan de En”
They often accept people from Woofing, they stay for free there, and helping farm work instead.
Toilet: western style​ ​
Bath: no (use the bath of co-minka or La Pose)
Price: 1 night 3000 yen​

Fee for participation:

1. Entree fee: 450 euro + BTW
2. Craft course: The cost of each of the 3 courses (A, B, C) will be the fee for teachers (20,000 yen) + material costs

A. URUSHI (Japanese traditional lacquer)
B. Woodwork
C. Making glass frame

* If you prefer to take two courses, you can combine course A+B and A + C
*B and C will give you the opportunity to create objects. If you prefer to learn the technique only, you can take the A course.

About participation:

Number of participants in total: 5 persons
Application deadline: 30th June 2015
(please note that the call will be closed once we have enough participants)
How to apply: Please apply from Request forms & applications with your personal information as indicated below.

– Name
– Gender
– Address
– Telephone number and/or mobile phone number
– E-mail address
– Age
– Profession and/or school
– Your areas of interest
– Your purpose of participation
– Additional info (food allergies, your health condition, etc.)


Applied Art Institute
NPOKodomo Art
Japan Cultural Exchange