Take home regional handcrafts at KAI properties – Create your own original handcrafts during your stay with us at KAI
From January 12 to July 16 2021, regional crafts can be made during your stay at our hot spring ryokan brand, KAI, to enjoy a focused time and having a souvenir of the trip. We want guests to enjoy a trip with excitement and new discoveries whilst taking all possible measures of preventing the spread of infection. With this in mind, we decided to create a program where guests can enjoy traditional regional crafts through making them in the guest rooms. A focused time, different to that of work can guide guests into therapeutic time, reminding us of our childhood days of creating something. The items created can be brought home so it will remind you of the trip as you decorate it in your living room or wear it.
KAI Tsugaru – Kogin embroidery kit
It is vital to avoid the Three C’s (close contact, confined spaces (with poor ventilation), and crowded places), to wear masks, to wash hands and disinfect regularly, to take social distancing, in our daily lives. We live in a time where we restrain ourselves from having maximum fun on a trip because of these new routines. This project started with one of our staff member’s idea to want to welcome guests, who have come a long way to get to the property, with the warmth of regional handcrafts. This program introduces guests to regional handcrafts as well as the art of creation, whilst taking all possible measures of preventing the spread of infection.
1. Can be enjoyed by the guests only, in their rooms
2. Through regional handcrafts, culture and the use of natural materials, guests can relax and enjoy their time creating.
3. Items may be brought home, reminding guests of the time during their trip
Examples of specific programs at KAI
*Price excludes tax and is for one person/Time is the time it takes to complete the activity
KAI Tsugaru – Kogin embroidery kit
“Tsugaru kogin-zashi” is a specific type of stitching, unique to Aomori Prefecture and it is popular for its beautiful symmetry.
1,500 JPY/Approx. 1 hour
KAI Ito – Eraser stamp making
An eraser stay making set will be prepared at KAI Ito, which has been supervised by the eraser stamp artist Tomoko Tsukui, a local of Shizuoka Prefecture.
2,200 JPY/Approx. 30 minutes
KAI Nikko – Kanuma kumiko accessory making
Kanuma kumiko is a regional style of wood ornamentation that is said to have started back in the Edo period by wood workers of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a World Heritage site today. Its characteristic is the combination of wood without the use of any adhesive.
2,000 JPY/Approx. 15 minutes
KAI Hakone – Hakone parquetry coaster making
Yosegizaiku, also known as Hakone parquetry, is popular in Hakone, where the mountains in the area has a difference in altitude, which leads to a wide variety of wood to be collected. This leads to different colors and grains of wood, allowing guests to create a one and only Hakone parquetry coaster.
1,320 JPY/Approx. 30 minutes
KAI Sengokuhara – Hot spring painting
Art is an essential theme of this property, where different artists from all over the world have been invited to create artworks that reflect regional craft culture and are decorated throughout the property including the guest rooms. Guests can enjoy painting whilst soaking in the hot spring of their room.
5,500 JPY/All day
KAI Anjin – Peanut shell boat making
William Adams taught Japanese people how to build Western-style ships and so the Ito area is known to be a pioneer in Western shipbuilding. Using his ship as a guide, a replica of it can be made using peanut shells whilst enjoying the view of the moving ocean.
3,240 JPY/Approx. 30 minutes
KAI Kinugawa – Kurobane indigo dye pouch making
Kurobane indigo dye is unique to Tochigi Prefecture, where different colors and patterns can be enjoyed.
2,000 JPY/Approx. 1 hour
KAI Enshu – Tea aroma session
The aroma of green tea is said to have relaxation properties. The green tea aroma used at the property can be enjoyed in the guest rooms as well, surrounding yourself in the calming atmosphere.
Free rental/All day
KAI Alps – Papercut art making
Kyoko Yanagisawa, a papercut artist from Shinshu area, supervised this program by creating designs for papercutting. After successfully cutting out, colors can be added to the picture and put into a frame to decorate your living room back home.
1,300 JPY/Approx. 1.5 hours
KAI Matsumoto – In-room winery hopping set
Whilst watching a video on the details of commitment towards making NAGANO wine, wine tasting can be enjoyed. Non-alcoholic wine is also available so blessings of nature can be experienced.
1,000 – 2,000 JPY/Approx. 30 minutes to an hour
KAI Kaga – Kaga Mizuhiki string craft making
Kaga Mizuhiki is a traditional string craft in Japan, where its accessories can be worn at a formal occasion for its beauty. Weaving the strings together to create an accessory requires great concentration but the time spent on it will surely be therapeutic and will feel accomplished once finished.
2,500 JPY/ Approx. 30 minutes to an hour
KAI Izumo – Wagashi making
Kyoto, Kanazawa and Matsue, where KAI Izumo is located, are the three most famous areas for Wagashi, Japanese confectionary. This program offers guests to create their own wagashi and matcha to be enjoyed with their dessert.
1,000 JPY/Approx. 30 minutes
KAI Nagato – Accessory making with Tokuji-washi paper
A broach or hair accessory can be made using Tokuji-washi paper. Surrounded in a room of Tokuji-washi paper, the creation process will be an entertaining time for guests.
Broach 1,800 JPY/Hair accessory 2,500JPY/Approx. 1 hour
KAI Aso – Carbonated soap kit
This program offers a carbonated soap for a refreshing bath time. The kit includes hand-made soaps (milk soap and local sake soap), which can enjoyed as a facial or body soap.
KAI Kawaji – Bamboo coaster kit
Otawara area is famous for its bamboo of high quality and it is also an area with the most number of bamboo handcraft artists. The warmth of natural materials will be felt through this bamboo coaster.
2,000 JPY/Approx. 1 hour
About the “Take home regional handcrafts at KAI properties”
Time Period: January 12 to July 16, 2021
Reservation: Pre-reservation not required
Price: Varies depending on the program
Reference: Actions against coronavirus with respect to the management of health and hygiene at all properties of Hoshino Resorts
>Confirmation of health upon check-in
Our staff will be checking body temperatures and asking for travel histories upon check-in for all guests. If a guest has a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher, we will follow the instructions of the public health center and act accordingly, which may result in a withhold of stay.
>Addition of disinfection procedures to the cleaning of rooms and public areas
In particular, for the cleaning of all guest rooms, alkaline electronic water will be used to disinfect areas that are most often touched such as doorknobs, handles of wardrobes and refrigerators, remote controls, switches, etc.
>Availability of alcohol-based disinfectants at multiple locations around a property
>Alcohol-based disinfectants to be used upon arrival at restaurants for all guests
> High-temperature washing (above 80 degrees Celsius) of tableware (plates and glass) and cutlery, and disinfection of trays.
>Masks to be worn by all staff members
>Management of health and hygiene of staff members (checking and recording temperatures before work).
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