If your inner artist and craftsman has been screaming to get out, Acty Mori is the place for you to get your crafts on! Acty Mori is located in Mori, Shizuoka.
Mori means “forest”, and surely enough, the location is densely forested, with ample nature and fresh air all around. This is the perfect place to relax and to let your creativity out. Not only that, but the expansive grounds also offer space for sports and activities, from golf to tennis.
At Acty Mori, you can choose a craft to learn about and do fabric dying using natural dyes, wabi-sabi pottery, ceramic painting, Japanese paper-making or even polymer clay figurine making for the younger visitors. You choose which skill you want to learn about and which product you want to make. For instance, if you want to do pottery, perhaps you might want to try making a bowl or a mug.
Once you have decided, someone will walk you through all of the steps needed to achieve your finished product. For those who are not fluent in Japanese, it may be a bit difficult to follow the instructions, but if you are attentive then your observation skills should surmount the language barrier.
Ingredients and supplies used in the crafts are often natural. Dyes in the fabric dying course come from akane root, melon, and other natural resources. You can learn about the provenance of the ingredients from the knowledgeable and helpful staff, who take time to show pictures and samples of the materials, should you be so curious to ask. After making your own products, you can shop for other crafts, handmade by local artisans.
The grounds have more to offer than just the crafting stations. You can shop for souvenirs or local foods that are in season, dine at one of several restaurants, or stroll about in a lovely herb garden, often in bloom with seasonal flowers and plants. Acty Mori is child friendly, with a playground area and crafts lessons designed especially for younger children.