Kobaien in Nara and Kyoto, Japan

If you wish to visit Kobaien's workshop, please be sure to be on time and follow the instructions of the staff on site.

If you are unable to make it, please be sure to contact us.

Kobaien, or any traditional Japanese industrial workshop, is not a tourist attraction like a museum or a zoo.

It is a place where real craftsmen are painstakingly making valuable art works. We have the utmost respect for the craftsmen and staff to support them at Kobaien.

The reason for the set tour times is to ensure that visitors disturb the craftsmen and people of Kobaien as little as possible.

Please be sure to be on time and follow the instructions of the staff on site.

 

The headquarters of Kobaien is located in Nara. And there is a branch in Kyoto.

Kobaien Nara Headquarters

  • Address:
    Tsubaicho 7, Nara city, Nara, Japan
    奈良県奈良市椿井町7
  • Office hours:
    9:00am - 17:00 am ( Monday - Saturday)
  • Closed:
    Saturday, Sunday and National holidays of Japan
The headquarters of kobaien is located in Nar
Nara Kobaien
Kobaien Nara, Japan
Kobaien Nara, Japan
 
 
 
 

There is a Kobaien branch in Kyoto. In addition to inksticks, they also sell a variety of brushes, paper, and mineral pigments.

Kobaien Kyoto branch

 
Koubaien branch in Kyoto
Koubaien branch in Kyoto

Koubaien branch in Kyoto

Koubaien branch in Kyoto

Koubaien branch in Kyoto

Koubaien branch in Kyoto

Koubaien branch in Kyoto

Koubaien branch in Kyoto

Koubaien branch in Kyoto

Koubaien branch in Kyoto

Koubaien branch in Kyoto

 
If you have any qurestions or requests, please feel free to ask us!
 

2 comments

Feb 27, 2023
Ichi inc, Japan

Thank you very much for your comment on our blogpage.

We have never thought of that old native American people used ink dishes like ours! How interesting and wonderful!

As for the use of big brush, calligraphy performances combined with dance and costumes have also been popular these days in Japan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuNMYLZFVzg

Feb 27, 2023
James Bleess

I am amazed! I love these photographs of a place and still – instruments, far away. How much we do not know is revealed clearly. Function determines form. The ink dishes for instance. These are exactly like paint pallets used by early native American people ages ago. The Arizona desert occasionally gives one up. Their use was the same; mixing a medium to paint. Here it is ink. A wonderful lesson here. Time, form and function. The giant brushes are equally amazing. I would love to see such a brush, in the hand of an artisan, applying ink to paper.

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