Arts & Culture
The root of cultures can be visualized through the development of centuries of traditional arts and crafts. One of the most ancient forms in Korea comes from 'Hanji.' 'Hanji' is a traditional paper made from the bark of mulberry and can retain its original strength and color for centuries. Folded into numerous types of decorations including the shapes of dolls and dresses. Japan also holds a plethora of unique crafting techniques in the Asian continent. Shibori textile and carbon steel manufacturing processes are examples of technologies sought after by many other countries, as well as the beautiful range of paintings, calligraphy, and other crafts that have become so well known around the world.

Another aspect you will quickly realize in Korea and Japan is that theatre was and still is important in society. From Korea's traditional percussion dance performance, 'Samulnori,' to Japan's 'Bon Odori' classical dance, you will feel the grace and beauty of movements and sound. Despite technology accelerating at such a fast speed in both countries, neither of them has forgotten their hearts in the art of performance.

   

In our upcoming programs, we will introduce you to a variety of artisans and performers that give a well-balanced understanding of all the traditional arts available in Korea and Japan. From understanding the strokes of calligraphy to the movements of cultural musicals, we hope to give you a great glimpse of how traditional arts have been preserved.

You will also get a chance to see numerous performances ranging from dances to plays, but also go hands on and see through the eyes of the performers. You can play instruments, participate in dance practice at your discretion, and slowly begin to understand the rich history behind one of the most active and passionate forms of art.

Theatre and Performance: Japan

Since the old ages of Japan, theatre and performance have been a central part of the culture. Whether it is in the form of puppetry plays or direct traditional dancing, Japan is filled with performances that will give you a glimpse of the forms of entertainment way back then. 

Visitors can choose from a variety of different traditional and modern performance programs. Additionally, there will be a number of experience lessons available ... (Read More)

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Traditional Arts in Seoul: Korea

Traditional Asian arts comprise music, instrument and dance performances, fine arts, literature, as well as martial arts among others. With the traditional arts tour through Korea, you will gain insight into some of the most popular and famous traditional arts of the regions that live on today.

Calligraphy
In East-Asia, calligraphy is the art of writing. However, it is not only about beauty, but it is said ... (Read More)

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Theatre and Performance: Korea

From eclectic dance to instrumental melodies, Korea has various forms of traditional theatre and performance to watch and absorb. Taking the audience back to the sounds that date back as far as the 4th Century, immersing these Korean expressive arts will give one a better idea of the traditional era of the country.

Samulnori

It is a traditional Korean percussion performance art and basically means "four instruments," which refers to the ... (Read More)

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Yang Tokyo: Japan

Traditional Asian arts comprise music, instrument and dance performances, fine arts, literature as well as martial arts among others. With the traditional arts tour through Korea and/or Japan you will get insight into some of the most popular and famous traditional arts of the regions that live on today.

Tea Ceremony and Ikebana (Traditional Arts)

Special to Japan, Tea Ceremony and Ikebana teaches you the beauty of nature and ... (Read More)

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Sumo Wrestling: Japan

Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself into the fascinating world of Sumo wrestling. A Japansese guide will take you to the Sumo Museum, which collects a wide range of materials relating to the history of sumo wrestling. This is the perfect spot to learn about the history of the sport, whose roots are linked to the history of Japan, the rules of the sport, and about the traditional lifestyle wrestlers must follow.

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Depending on the tournament schedule, ... (Read More)

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Traditional/Modern Art & Cuisine: Korea

There are multiple cultural experiences in which one can participate when coming to Korea. In order to truly see what the country is about, a person should experience both the old and the new. Through comparing the differences between the arts, a new perspective can be shaped. In order to truly grasp the artistic culture of Korea, you should come with Inspired Steps to get the full view and taste of traditional/modern Korean art & cuisine!



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Ancestral Ceremonies: Korea

Engaging in the ancestral roots is one of the best ways to truly understand and absorb a city’s culture. What better way than to experience partaking in ceremonies and food that relate with ancestry.

To connect with your inner self and attempt to reach out to those that lived before you, you gain a spiritual enlightening through ancestral rites. During this period, come with Inspired Steps to do more than just eat ... (Read More)

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Oriental Herbs & Fortune Telling: Korea

The Orient has always been about health. Whether it is acupuncture or through food, Koreans are people that are highly focused on bettering their overall wellbeing. Come along with Inspired Steps to go explore the busy Gyungdong Market and take part in cooking your own healthy meal: Samgyetang. Afterwards, finish off the day by being told your fortune within Korea’s unique fortune telling café.

Time Length 3 hours  Price $105 Minimum people 1 Details

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Creating Zori Slippers: Japan

Zori are flat thonged sandals of Japanese culture made of rice straw, wood, and/or various other synthetic materials. The Western flip flops are an imitation of these Japanese sandals, as these served as the base idea of the rubber footwear.

 

For the most part, Zori are seen worn with other forms of traditional clothes of Japan, particularly with kimono. When properly made, they are supported by wood at the bottom; however, when creating in this program, ... (Read More)

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Kimono Style: Japan

The word kimono literally means "clothing," and, up until the 19th century, it was the form of dress worn by everyone in Japan. Nowadays, Japanese only wear it in formal occasions, but it is still regarded as the most graceful and elegant dressing. Our local guide will show you to the kimono stores where locals buy and you will have the chance to try and order one of your own.

 

 

Time 10:00 to 12:00 (*time may vary) Price  $40 Minimum people 1 Details

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Transform Into A Geisha: Japan

Geisha have been a past time of Japan since long ago. They are female entertainers who tend to be hostesses, but are trained in perfoming arts, classical music, and dance. Over the years, there has been a foreign misunderstanding that the occupation of a geisha implies prostitution, but this is not the fact for all those that have been or are geishas. In truth, the profession is more performance oriented in terms of artistic talent.

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