Japanese Craft & Cultural Context

type of camp

Creative Residential Retreat

group size



specific dates

November 2018


Makabe, Ibaraki, Japan

Registration starts on
February 1, 2018 @ 8:00 AM


Detailed highlights coming soon!


Want to see what it was like in 2016? Check out Daria’s Diaries from during our last camp. They’re both honest and hilarious!



(I’ll add more information here as the plans get settled, so check back in January.)

This camp will take place in the small village of Makabe in the Mount Tsukuba area of Ibaraki, Japan.

You will apply typographic concepts to traditional Japanese arts and crafts, taught by experts in their field, in environments that are conducive to learning and exploration and Japanese culture. Each day of our countryside retreat will focus on a different aspect of Japanese craft, including Japanese brush calligraphy, ceramics, Shibori indigo dying, historic letterform carving, sake labels, and more. The week concludes with a group project for the town of Makabe.

West Ibaraki is a rustic agricultural area known for its scenery and slower way of life, so we will allow for time to explore. Everyone will be able to connect with the residents of the rural village that has welcomed us, both with their food and their craft, their homes and their workshops. We will even visit an elementary school and join in their calligraphy class! (These children are seriously awesome and could very well be your favorite part of the camp.)

The area around Makabe is an idyllic and authentic view of small-town Japan; therefore, we promise that you will have an truly hospitable experience rarely offered to visitors. This special opportunity will help you to explore an area of the world known for art, design, and craft; and you will also contribute to a cultural exchange with a very charming Japanese village with generous artists and adorable kids.