SECRETS D'ARTISANS JAPONAIS
Japanese craftsmanship is fascinating.
Its level of expertise and finesse is no longer a secret.
Its philosophy is spreading around the globe.
However, that craftsmanship is slowly faltering.
Because of a lack of stable income, younger generations are gradually abandoning traditional crafts, causing the extinction of a whole part of culture, quietly, in the depths of century-old workshops.
My name is Julie, I am a guide specialized in traditional Japanese crafts and a consultant in sustainable tourism development. My mission is to transmit the love I have for the inhabitants of Japan along with their savoir-faire. I offer you a more human than historic Japan, far from the beaten tracks, close to the locals and their daily life.
Sustainable tourism development consultant and French-speaking guide in Nagoya
My motto: Sharing.
Originally a graduate of Bookbinding and Gilding Arts, I reoriented myself towards tourism in 2015 in order to combine my passion for crafts and Japan. I now have a french professional degree in tourism (Valedictorian of Aquitaine region, 2015), speak English and Japanese fluently.
I have been collaborating since 2016 with traditional craftsmen and several local governments to offer enriching and sustainable activities for responsible travelers.
HOW TO CHOOSE A CRAFTSMAN
As a specialized guide, my favorite regions are without a doubt the prefectures of Aichi, Nagano and Gifu, in the heart of Japan. Settled in the Nagoya area since 2012, I have developed strong relationships with several masters and various traditional crafts of this rich yet unknown region. From the abundance of pottery in Seto or Tokoname, to silk dyeing for Kimono, sword blade forging in Seki, green tea making in Nishio or the multiple stages of religious craftsmanship in Owari, the possibilities are endless.
Because craftsmanship is more than just a technique or a workshop visit, I like to bring to life a full day tour for each demand. I will binding together local attractions and chosen pieces of history with a workshop experience, paired of course with delicious breaks, tailored especially for your needs and interests.
So, first tell me art of theme fascinates you and let's find the craftsman who will amaze you.
POTTERY & CERAMICS
YOUNG GENERATIONS LEGACY
TASTY DELICACIES & COOKING CLASSES
FABRIC DYING, KIMONO & SILK ARTS
SAKE & FERMENTED PRODUCTS
FORGE & METAL WORK
AND SO MUCH MORE...
"Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, meeting the needs of visitors, professionals, the environment and host communities."
Source: World Tourism Organization, 2004.
How I commit:
- Offering variety in content, to disperse the flow of visitors throughout the archipelago according to their deepest interests and lighten the load on the major tourist centers.
- Using as many local services as possible, and paying each stakeholder its fair value.
- Actively participating in the preservation of the heritage for future generations.
- Respecting the natural and urban environment to share warm and unique moments with the inhabitants and allow them to live serenely with tourism.