Located in the historic neighbourhood of Sumida, known for its abundance of handicraft artisans, this aizome museum, studio and shop holds a lot of history behind Japanese blues. The studio has been turning out aizome products for over 120 years, through three generations, and also happens to be one of the few studios in the world that indigo-dyes summer yukata. The massive vats of dye glistening inside the studio have not been changed since the shop’s inception, making their dye truly unique as it has been fermented for so many years. The small showroom space next to the studio features a stunning yukata robe in an intricate pattern, as well as obi belts and other detailed fabrics. Aizome Hakubutsukan also offers tenugui aizome classes where you can dye your own cloth (from ¥1,500), but you’ll need to call in advance to book a spot.
|Venue name:||Aizome Hakubutsukan|
1-29-1 Kyobashi, Sumida-ku
|Opening hours:||1pm-5pm, open weekends with prior notice or reservation|
|Transport:||Hikifune Station (Tobu Skytree, Tobu Kameido lines); Keisei-Hikifune Station (Keisei Oshiage line)|