Discover the Art of Kumiko Zaiku


Create Your Own Unique Coaster with Traditional Japanese Woodworking

This activity allows you to create your own original coaster using the traditional technique of Kumiko woodworking, which has been passed down since the Asuka period in Japan.

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Adult (13-99)
Child (3-12)
Infant (0-2)


  • Experience a traditional Japanese craft technique.
  • Create an original coaster with unique patterns.
  • Learn about the sensibility and techniques from Mr. Kiyoshi Funaki, a "Modern Master."


Kumiko woodworking is a traditional Japanese craft technique that involves assembling wooden pieces without the use of nails to create various patterns. Skilled artisans meticulously handcrafted each small wooden piece to ensure they can be seamlessly combined. By selecting and combining your favorite wooden pieces, you can create a unique coaster that is one of a kind. Experience the delicate and precise world of Kumiko while enjoying the various colors and scents produced by locally sourced wood. Additionally, renowned artisan “Modern Master” Mr. Kiyoshi Funaki will share his insights and techniques honed through his interaction with nature. You’ll have the opportunity to contemplate the future of traditional crafts and explore his personal journey.


1 After registration, explanation of precautions, etc.
2 Kumiko Work Experience
Engage in an immersive Kumiko work experience guided by a skilled craftsman. Learn the art of combining wooden pieces without nails, and create your own original coaster. Choose pieces in your preferred color and shape to form a personalized pattern. The crafting session will last approximately 60 minutes.
3 Talk by “”Contemporary Master Craftsman”” Kiyoshi Funaki
Listen to an enlightening talk by Mr. Kiyoshi Funaki, a Contemporary Master Craftsman, as he shares insights into the sensitivity and techniques he has cultivated through his deep connection with nature and craftsmanship. The talk will provide a deeper understanding of the art of Kumiko and its place in contemporary times. The talk session will last approximately 60 minutes.
4 Dismissal.


  • Price per person (tax incl.)

    2 Adult 10,800(JPY)
    3 Adult 9,800(JPY)
    4 Adult 9,300(JPY)
    5 Adult 9,000 (JPY)

  • Set Dates


  • Excluded Dates

    Saturday, Sunday, holidays
    and New year holiday season

  • Meeting time and place

    Funaki Woodworks
    15 minutes before the start time

  • Time Required

    120 min.

  • Min/Max Number of participant

    Min 2/ Max 5

  • Language support

    English interpreter staff

  • Japanese Level



  • Cost of the experience, insurance, material
  • Accompaniment by an English-speaking interpreter throughout the tour.

Other (Notes)

・Please wear comfortable clothes for work.

Travel planning and implementation
Registered Travel Agency with the Governor of Shimane Prefecture: Region -106
Shimane Governor-registered travel service arrangement business: No. 5 – Other

Cancellation Policy

(including 5% handling charge) for cancellations made within 7 days from the day before the start of the experience is as follows.

4 to 7 days before: 15%
Up to 3 days before: 25%
2 days before: 35%
The day before: 55%
The day of: 100%
No-show: 100%.


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