Whether you’re only visiting Japan or call this country your home, how often have you/do you take the opportunity to try first hand traditional aspects of the culture?

Have you ever tried on a kimono, or learned the art of calligraphy? Do you know what a monkirigata is? Living in Japan, we sometimes take those cultural activities for granted, thinking we can try them anytime – but actually never get around to doing so. Japanese hobbies can sometimes be costly or intimidating to try, but we were delighted to find out Cafe Seek is offering a taste of those for free, and with no reservation required.

You can try your hand at calligraphy, learn how to write your name in kanji, strut around in a kimono, or make a monkirigata ornamentwhich is a traditional Japanese paper-cutting craft. You can just drop by and ask the friendly, English-speaking staff to assist you and experience Japanese culture firsthand.

If you’re not familiar with Cafe Seek, it’s worth checking out: they offer year-round access to free PC and Wi-Fi services, as well as to a small art gallery, a library of tourism literature in English and other services designed to assists overseas visitors to Japan. They host a variety of events, such as sake tastings and Maiko talks, so check the calendar to add some interesting diversions to your routine.

Marunouchi Café SEEK

Where: Marunouchi Cafe Seek (see map)

When:  9:00 a.m. ~ 8:00 p.m.    weekdays

11:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m.  Saturday, Sunday and holidays

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Main image by Maaserhit Honda