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Nature Color Picnic

Artist Program in Kouzushima / Aiko Yamamoto

  • Art Project ,
  • Workshop

Seeking participants! Finding plants and other raw materials for dyeing cloth the colors of the island!

What color would common leaves and branches on the island dye a piece of cloth? What color would a piece of cloth become if we used hot spring water or the ash from a woodburning stove? This is a dyeing workshop by artist Aiko Yamamoto for dyeing cloth the colors of the island using plants and minerals found while walking around the island. Join us to explore the colors of the island in two workshops: the two-day “Finding the colors of the island,” aimed at junior high and high school students, and “Enjoy dyeing with plants,” which anyone can participate in.

(1)Finding the colors of the island

  • Day 1: Saturday, November 19, 2022 13:00 – 16:00
    We take a walk around the island to look for dyeing materials.
  • Day 2: Sunday, November 20, 2022 10:00 – 12:00
    We dye cloth using plants found on the walk.

Meeting place
Kuruto (998, Kouzushima Village, Tokyo)

Junior high /high school students

Around 6 (advance registration required)
*This is a two-day program. Priority will be given to people who can attend both days.

(2) Enjoying dyeing with plants

Sunday, November 20, 2022 14:00 – 16:30 (reception open until 16:00)

Meeting place
Kuruto (998, Kouzushima Village, Tokyo)

Open to all

Participation fee

*We will stop accepting participants as soon as we run out of materials.
*Admission may be restricted if the venue is crowded.

How to apply

Please apply via either:
・Coming in person to Kuruto and booking in advance (Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays 10:00 – 16:00)

*We are also looking for volunteers to help out.
*People from outside the island may also participate in (1) and (2)
*For Kuruto opening days please check the official Instagram or the calendar in Kuruto News, delivered to every house on the island.
*If you have a cloth you wish to dye yourself, you may bring it with you (cotton, linen or silk only, up to the size of one T-shirt per person). Please note that depending on the material, the cloth may not take dye very well, or may not be permitted to be used.
*Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
*Recording/documentation on the day may be used for the running and PR of this event.
*This event will be run with measures in place to prevent the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
*To go ahead in the case of light rain, to be cancelled in the case of stormy weather. Please check the official website for the latest information.
*Your personal information will be handled as strictly confidential and used only for the running of the event and to send you information from the organizer.
*Program details are subject to change.


Aiko Yamamoto


Shimaclass Kouzushima (General Incorporated Association)
TEL: 080-1346-2800


Kuruto (997 Kouzushima-mura, Tokyo)


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Shimaclass Kouzushima (General Incorporated Association)