・2cm角に1～2文字 3,000円、 3～4文字 3,500円
・3cm角に1～2文字 3,500円、 3～4文字 4,000円
Reservation for Seal Engraving Workshop
Monk Dokuryu, who helped inspire the design of Kintai Bridge, is known as the founder of seal engraving in Japan. That’s why the seal engraving workshop is popular in Iwakuni.
Wouldn’t you like to make a seal of your own in a luxurious space while looking at artwork? You can take the seal home after making it in the workshop. Don’t forget to bring your glasses if needed since engraving requires some precision work occasionally.
Basically, you will engrave one or two Tensho-style Chinese characters on a square stone. The price varies depending on the size of the stone (1.2 cm, 1.5 cm, 2 cm, 1×2 cm, etc.) and the number of characters.
<Engraving Experience Workshop Courses>
Time required: about 30 minutes to 1 hour
- Basic Course
- ¥2500 — Engrave 1~2 characters on a 1.2 cm square stone
- ¥3000 — Engrave 1~2 characters on a 1.5 cm square stone
- Optional Course
- ¥3500 — Engrave 1~2 characters on a 2 cm square stone
- ¥4000 — Engrave 3~4 characters on a 2 cm square stone
- ¥4000 — Engrave 1~2 characters on a 3 cm square stone
- ¥4500 — Engrave 3~4 characters on a 3 cm square stone
- ¥3500 — Engrave 2~3 characters on a 1×2 cm rectangular stone
For changes to the outline and shape, such as carving a square stone into a round shape, an additional charge of ¥500 will be added for preparation.
Each fee includes the admission fee to the museum. Student discounts:
¥300 for college students
¥500 for high school students or under
< Reservation >
Please make a reservation at least one week in advance. Since the engraving workshop takes place in a museum, preparation is needed beforehand.
In case you don’t have a reservation, please allow some time for preparation.
Feel free to contact us either by phone or by sending the reservation form by email.
Phone: 0827-28-5959 (Oishi)
Desired course: (ex. II- d)
What kind of words do you want to engrave?
Circle the one you are interested or write down a word in a blank.
your name, name of a flower, name of an animal,
words such as love, peace, happiness, eternity, or
The instructor will pick several matching Chinese characters from the dictionary by the workshop day. And you can choose from them when you come in.
Either your phone number or email address is required.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop.
Tenkoku and the Kintai Bridge
The Kintai Bridge was founded by Hiroyoshi Kikkawa, the third Lord of Iwakuni, with his competent vassals in 1673 in the Edo period.
Monk Dokryu was the person who gave a major clue for the shape of the bridge. He also introduced Tenkoku to Japan.
When he first visited Iwakuni, he showed the lord a book called Seiko-yu-ran-shi. The picture of Seiko, a lake in Koushu, in the book inspired him to think of the design of Kintai Bridge.
There were many stone arch bridges connecting a number of small artificial islands in the lake. In the case of Kintai Bridge, the piers were made of piles of stones, laid as strongly and firmly as islands. The five arch bridges connecting them were built by assembling timbers.
The bridge built in 1673 was so sturdy that it lasted for 277 years without being washed away. However, in 1950, it was broken by a major typhoon.
Monk Dokryu, thus associated with the pride of Iwakuni, Kintai Bridge, visited here four times as a physician to treat Lord Hiroyoshi.
He also left with us culture in the form of many poems and calligraphies. Furthermore, he became friends with the lord and exchanged letters until he passed away.
Monk Dokryu is treasured in Iwakuni as the first person who introduced Tenkoku to Japan. I hope you will cherish the seal you carved as well as the beautiful Kintai Bridge as a good memory of Iwakuni.
① Let’s make your own seal—- the only one like it in the world !
② What is a letter or phrase you want to engrave ?
Tell me your name or your favorite words.
Now choose the size of the stone.
Check the price list of the stones.
The prices vary according to the stone size, its kind and the number of
After you decide these, please pay in advance.
③ Choose the Kanji characters.
Do you like the Hakubun style better which leaves the character lines in
white when stamped ?
Or the Shubun style which shows the characters in red ?
The difference of the two comes out either by carving the character lines
or by leaving those lines and carving off the surroundings.
For beginners, Hakubun Style is recommended.
④ While the characters are written on the stone surface by a teacher,
please look around the exhibition.
⑤ Thank you for waiting. Let’s start carving.
First, let me explain how to carve.
Are you right-handed or left-handed ?
I am right-handed. If you are left-handed and watching me, try to think
the reverse way.
Hold the engraving knife as if holding a pencil.
Look at the blade of the engraving tool. The entire edge is sharp.
To make the initial cut into the stone, press the full length of the blade
into the stone. Don’t use just the corner of the blade, it could slip.
① Engrave the black lines ( the characters )
Place a cut in the middle of the line with the knife so as to get used to
Did you find how soft the stone is ? You can carve it without much
After making the initial cut , you need to make it wider and deeper.
Tilt the blade and push down at an angle to form one side of a v-shaped
② Turn the platform holding the stone around and repeat the same
motion,carving the other side of the v-shaped groove.
The black lines should all be engraved away in the V-shape when seen
from the side.
After repeating this process twice, the depth and width of the grooves
should be enough to stamp clearly.
Tell me when all of the black lines are carved away and raw stone is left
③ After carving , wipe the stone surface with a wet tissue paper and then
with a dry cloth.
Put on the ink.
Hold the stone tight and stamp it firmly on the paper .
When you take it off the paper , do it slowly.
Good job !
You can stamp it on whatever you like , such as washi-paper or cards.
After stamping , take the ink off the stone surface cleanly.
Enjoy using inks of various colors.
It’s the beautiful stamp you carved—–the only one like it in the world !
Shubun Style ( leaving the letter lines )
① The letters are written in red.
Leave the red lines and take off the background in black.
A right-handed person will place the blade slanted on the left side of a
Always tilt the blade away from the red lines.
A left-handed person will place the blade on the right side of a red line
and slant the edge slightly.
② Carve the black parts between the red lines in V-shape. Engraving the
blank space is not the same as carving the lines of letters. It is advisable
to get used to the hardness of the stone at first by engraving the wide
③ Try to carve the both sides of the letter lines cleanly and leave the red
lines clearly .
Tell me when you have no more black parts left.
Now we will try to stamp your seal.