Suikoushya International Craft School in Kyoto 

Currently, there are several places to learn 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.

So I thought about it… and realised the answer to this big barrier is to build a school catered for English speakers where they can learn these woodworking skills.

This school will be conducted in English where you will learn intensively about traditional Japanese woodworking. It will be taught directly by an active Japanese carpenter. An English speaking carpenter will also be on hand to help interpret.  


 School course outline: 1-month course 


Introduction to Japanese Woodworking Tools:  

  1. 1.An introduction to Japanese woodworking tools
  2. Basics of using Japanese Hand tools.
  3. Going to the local tool stores.
  4. Setting up Nomi(chisels)and Kanna (hand planes).
  5. Sharpening tools.


Using Japanese Woodworking Tools:  

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


Making Japanese Joinery:  

  1. Watariago.
  2. Hozo(Mortise and Tenon).
  3. Hozo with Kusabi and Komisen.
  4. Ari Tsugi(dovetail).  
  5. Kama Tsugi.
  6. Sachi Tsugi.
  7. Okkake-Daisen.
  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. 

Expected opening: May 2018 


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.


School Fees (for 1 month): 


Enrollment fee ¥50,000  

Tuition fee ¥300,000  

Workshop fee ¥50,000 

Total ¥400,000 



The course of May: May 14th – June 9th.
The course of June: June 11July 7.
The course of July: July 9th – August 4th.
The course of August: August 6th – August 31st.
The course of September: September 3rd – September 29th.
The course of October: October 1st – October 27th.
The course of November: November 5th – December 1st.
The course of December: December 3rd – December 29th.

The course of January: January 7th – February 2nd.
The course of February: February 4th – March 2nd.
The course of March: March 4th – March 30th.
The course of April: April 1st – April 30th.

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

Students can question the teacher until 5 pm.

The school workplace can be used every day from 8 am to 8 pm.


If you have any questions, please contact us.


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