Making Kadomatsu with HONAI


Making Kadomatsu with HONAI

A kadomatsu (門松, ‘gate pine’) is a New Year decoration which is used to adorn the entrances to homes in Japan. Typically made from cut pieces of bamboo and pine bound together with straw, in fact many techniques of landscape gardening are essential for its construction.

In this workshop, led by a landscape gardener from Honai, one of Japan’s leading garden centres, each participant will make their own mini kadomatsu decoration. All tools used in the workshop are made by metalworkers in Tsubame-Sanjo.

Please email [email protected] to request your place on this workshop.

About the Maker:

Honai Gardens in Sanjo City is a vast plant and flower park and landscape gardening centre which had its roots in the Edo period (1603-1868). It is one of the three most important horticultural centres in Japan.  In addition to plants and flowers, Honai also sell local vegetables, tools and gardening materials.