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imagier wrote a review Oct 2018
Pacific Northwest97 contributions37 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed this unique museum related to the weaving of high quality silk designs for kimono and obi. After reading several of the negative reviews here I though a few comments would be helpful. Indeed the man just inside the door is very abrupt for a Japanese man but he was also kind when it became clear we were following his directions. I feel that he may be one of those folks who do not have innate social skills and thus could be misinterpreted as being rude, but he clearly was not rude. There were two directions that could cause upset. One was that he may direct you to immediately go upstairs and bypass the exhibit downstairs which is quite confusing since you naturally want to look at the beautiful kimono on the first floor. BUT the explanation is that there may be a person upstairs waiting for you to take you back into the loom area where you can learn all about the looming and see the great machines in action. He will also move you by all the interesting exhibits upstairs. You will definitely see all of those later after finishing the loom experience. Second comment is that the removing of your shoes is VERY important at this museum where you will be walking on both polished wood floors and tatami mats. YOU MUST TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND WEAR SOCKS!. If you do not wear socks and try to use bare feet on the floors and tatami mats you will cause GREAT upset. Also the proper method to take of your shoes is to sit on the wooden floor threshold, take off the shoes and leave them on the cement, then swing your body and feet onto the wooden flooring and get up. Do not let your shoes touch any part of the flooring. Do not let your feet with socks touch the bare ground. Also do not try to use the nearby slippers. Those are for people wanting to exit the flooring and go outside but not put shoes back on. Only the employees will do this. If you follow these simple procedures you will have a great experience. BRING SOCKS. Tea is also served with a sweet and you get to look at the lovely garden. We thought this was a great experience on our long walk through the Nishijin district with Diane Durston's Kyoto 7 paths book.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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EmilyESeiler wrote a review Sep 2018
Kyoto, Japan13 contributions3 helpful votes
Lovely little museum, slightly intimidating from the street as all in Japanese but inside they were so welcoming and helpful. Had a personal tour with a weaver himself. It’s like a time warp in a nice old building. Also, a nice cup of tea and sweet with a great garden to look at. I understand some Japanese so you will get more out of it than if you don’t but they have a couple of translated sheets in English.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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vonifide wrote a review Jul 2018
Pennsylvania110 contributions22 helpful votes
This is a nice little museum. On paying the entry fee, you are served tea and a sweet. Then, you can look at artifacts and read about them in the English language page the receptionist gives you. Upstairs, there are beautiful textiles to look at, and you may be brought up even further to watch the process of weaving the complex patterns. A note to other people who come from places where it is considered normal to wear shoes indoors: in Japan, wearing shoes on tatami mats just isn't done. To avoid being rude, I would recommend everyone bring a pair of socks with them everywhere just in case. Better to err on the side of politeness!
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Date of experience: October 2017
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alis0nmunr0 wrote a review Jun 2018
Kyoto, Japan1 contribution
This is a lovely Museum - the weaving studio in particular is amazing - but the beauty of the Textiles was well and truly overshadowed by being shouted at by the man on reception on my way into and out of the building. There is absolutely no English signage to indicate the extremely strict no shoes or feet on the tatami planks or matting rule, and I managed to offend the man by standing where is shouldn’t be several times and for not bringing socks. He used google translate to tell me just before leaving that bare feet were the height of rudeness and I was a very inconsiderate andill mannered visitor. He was however quick to take my 500 yen entry fee. So, be warned, wear or bring socks and don’t tread on the tatami in shoes or bare feet. At any time!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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gmarch2017 wrote a review Jul 2017
Kyoto, Japan1 contribution
On entering the museum the man at reception didn't greet me but just said "500¥". When I asked if there was an English brochure he pointed to the small information signs behind me. After reading them I pulled out my phone to Google translate a question for him. He quickly repeated several times "500¥!". I tried to calm him by showing him my question which was if the artisans were working....as it was Saturday. He said yes so I gave him his 500yen. Then he scolded me about where to take my shoes off, on this bit of wood, not that one and that I must put on socks from a basket. 5 mins later he was tapping his watch saying I must now go to the factory....maybe it was lunchtime or the weavers were going to leave. One weaver (out of two...the sign had said one could watch 10 artisans!) showed me around. He then took me to 4 display rooms. It was rather awkward as I knew he had to get back to work so I just did a cursory look. I really would have liked more time. Back downstairs the receptionist offered me free tea. When leaving, I took off the socks and indicated if I must put them back in the basket. The horror on his face! How ridiculous was I.... Of course I should just take them away. The whole visit took 20 mins. I left feeling unwelcome, belittled and frustrated. As long as this man, who has no "people skills" is at reception, I would strongly discourage anyone visiting.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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