For Immediate Release

Finding Artistry in the Everyday in Japan

Exclusive new tours offer unrivaled access to traditional Japanese crafts and artisans

New York, March 6, 2017 – Leading luxury tour operator Artisans of Leisure is excited to announce two new comprehensive tours designed for travelers who want an in-depth exploration of traditional art, craft and design in Japan: The Art of Japan and Ceramics Tour of Japan. Artisans of Leisure is known for its private, customized Japan tours, all of which are designed by in-house Japan experts who have spent years living and traveling in Japan.

“There is perhaps no better way to experience Japan’s rich history and culture than through its traditional crafts,” said Ashley Isaacs Ganz, founder and CEO of Artisans of Leisure. “These new tours offer many wonderful and exclusive ways for our travelers to interact with Japanese craftspeople and learn about their handiwork, the materials they use, the techniques they employ and the history of their crafts, which often have been produced by the same family for generations. This realm is often hidden or difficult to access, even for Japanese people. We offer a truly insider way to learn about Japanese crafts and their unique expressions of traditional Japanese culture.”

Artisans of Leisure’s tours connect travelers with master craftspeople across Japan, including specialists in nearly every type of craft, such as ceramics, lacquerware, textiles, metalware, woodwork, ikebana (flower arranging), dolls, washi (paper), blown and cut glass, enamelwork, calligraphy, gold leaf, bonsai, paper umbrellas, bamboo baskets, geta (sandals), hair accessories, paints, tea ceremony tools, kimonos, indigo, incense, gardens, woodblock prints, wood sculpture, fans, folding screens, armor, swords, paper lanterns, masks, tatami and silk.

These new Artisans of Leisure tours include exclusive art, architecture and craft experiences such as:

All Artisans of Leisure Japan tours are private and highly personalized and include expert guides and Japan’s best luxury hotels and ryokan (traditional inns). View Artisans of Leisure’s Japan tours.

For more information, call 1 (800) 214-8144 or 1 (212) 243-3239 or visit www.artisansofleisure.com.

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