For 2021, the Japanese woodworking school will be held in Marseille, France.

Currently, there are several places to learn about woodworking in Japan; however, they are hosted in Japanese. Over the past few months, I have learned that there are many people who wish to study in Japan but are held back because of the language barrier. Due to this, many are hesitant to pursue their dreams of studying woodworking in Japan.

I believe it is a waste for people to give up on thoroughly learning something they are passionate about just because of the language.

In Kyoto, Japan, there is a woodworking school where you can study in English.

This school opened its doors in May 2018 with the help of people from around the world through crowdfundingIt will be 2 years soon. Many students will have studied here in Suikoushya.

The passion and knowledge in the wonderful Japanese woodworking are being shared among many.

There is no language barriers in this school. You can acquire the skills and knowledge in its purest form. You can focus on learning the techniques of using the tools with your own hands.



However, it is also true that many woodworking enthusiasts still hesitate to come to Japan because of the distance.

So I thought…

If I could go overseas and share this wonderful world of Japanese woodworking with even more people. This knowledge and experience not be limited by those who can travel to Japan, but with those who have the passion for Japanese woodworking from every country around the world.



In 2021, a Japanese woodworking school will be held in Marseille, France. Since it is centrally located in Europe, more people from around the world will be able to join the school.

I am looking forward to sharing Japanese woodworking with you in the wonderful city of Marseille!



 School course outline: 1-month course 


Introduction to Japanese Woodworking Tools:  


  1. An introduction to Japanese woodworking tools
  2. Basics of using Japanese Hand tools.
  3. Sharpening tools.
  4. Setting up Nomi(chisels)and Kanna (hand planes).
  5. How to handle trees


Using Japanese Woodworking Tools:  

  1. Making a sharpening stone base.
  2. Making a tools box.


Making Japanese Joinery: 

  1. Watariago.
  2. Hozo Ana and Hozo (Mortise and Tenon)
  3. Arishiguchi
  4. Ari Tsugi (Dovetail).  
  5. Kama Tsugi.
  6. Sachi Tsugi.
  7. Okkake-Daisen Tsugi.
  8. Kanawa Tsugi.
  9. Dai-Mochi Tsugi.
  10. Okuri Ari.


*Students may not complete all of the joineries listed above. The number of joineries completed will depend on the individual’s speed. 


Getting familiar with a Kanna:    

  1. Making a Kanna Dai.
  2. Using a Kanna, making a flat surface.  
  3. Challenge getting thin shavings.


The maximum number of students: 4 pax. 


Classes are from Monday to Friday. 9 am to 3 pm.  

Students can question the teacher until 5 pm.  

The school workspace can be used every day (including weekends) from 8 am to 8 pm.


 Tuition fee




  • The course of May: May 3rd – May 28th     
  • The course of June: June 7th – July 2nd     
  • The course of July: July 12th – August 6th    
  • The course of September: August 16th – September 10th      
  • The course of October: September 20th – October 15th    
  • The course of November: October 25th – November 19th 
  • The course of December: November 29th – December 24th 

※ The school address in Marseille will be determined and announced in December 2020.


Student’s Experience