Q. Will you be holding the International Students Course in 2021? When will you be announcing the schedule?A. The schedule for the International Students Course in 2021 has not yet been decided due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check back for announcements. As of today (Oct. 14, 2020), foreign nationals from 159 countries are denied to enter Japan.
However we plan to hold the following workshops in English for people living in Japan (for the time being, due to travel restrictions). Please see our Workshops page for more information.
Introduction to Weaving: Dec. 15-19, 2020
Natural Dyeing: Feb. 24-26, 2021
Shifu Weaving: Mar. 1-5, 2021
Q. Are there any classes held in English? A. The Beginners Course, Foundation Kasuri Course, and Applied Kasuri Course I are held in English. However, as a general rule, Applied Kasuri Course II is held in Japanese. An English speaking staff member will sometimes be able to help you.
Most of the international students who have studied at KTS could not speak much Japanese, but please remember that having some Japanese skills will help you communicate with other students and teachers, and further your studies.
Q. I missed the deadline. Are there any seats left? A. Any courses that have reached the maximum number of students will have "full" next to the course name on the International Students Course Schedule page. A second application period will be considered if there are vacancies. Please check back for announcements.
Q. Can I apply for regular courses in Japanese? A. The regular courses at KTS are for fluent Japanese speakers only. Please note that you will not have any support in English. Please see our Japanese website for further information.
Q. Do you have any shibori courses? A. Since our school specializes in weaving, we do not teach fabric dyeing (shibori), only yarn dyeing. However you may enjoy Kasuri which is done by binding yarn to create dyed and undyed sections.
Q. How much do the materials cost for each course? A. The materials fee are included in the following courses (from 2016): Beginners Course, Foundation Kasuri Course, Applied Kasuri Course I. For Applied Kasuri Course II, fees will vary depending on the student's design.▲ TOP
Q. Are you able to prepare vegetarian meals at the cafeteria? A. Please let us know beforehand if you have any food restrictions, and specifically what you can and cannot eat. We will do our best, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your requirements.
Q. Can my family stay with me at the dormitory while I am studying at KTS? A. Only students are allowed to stay at the dormitory. The Kyoto Visitor’s Guide website may have some helpful accommodation information.
Q. What is the shared bath like? A. The shared bath is a "daiyokujou," an open space with showers (no stalls) and a large bathtub. We also have a shower room with four private shower stalls.▲ TOP
Q. What is the weather like? A. Our school is located in the mountains, so it is a few degrees cooler than the city center (especially in winter).
Yearly weather summary: World Weather Online (Kyoto)
Weather forecast: Yahoo! Weather (Kyoto)