Shisha-dog Painting at Murasaki Mura, Okinawa

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The girls & I have been so good at getting out of the house lately, I think this glorious weather that we have been having here in Oki has been a great motivator, regardless, I am loving spending time with my littles.

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Thursday we made a quick, last minute and easy decision to ignore the housework and head out to Murasaki Mura; a small facility with many studios which are used as workshops, from Bingata Dyeing, herb tea making & Shishi-dog making.

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I knew the girls would love to do some arts & craft type activity and I knew I would enjoy walking around snapping a few photos of the gorgeous red tile roofs, and Ryukyu limestone.

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We dragged our friends (who also happen to live in the same tower block as us!) along as we are trying to spend as much time with them as we can before they move to America later this year.

Shisa are everywhere!

Shisa are everywhere!

Unfortunately our trip didn’t start off all that great as we spent 20 minutes driving around in search of an ATM that would give me some yen! The first had no power, the second didn’t disperse yen, the third was getting serviced, FINALLY the 4th had some, and we were on our way.

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Once we arrived we walked around all the studios before letting the girls decide what they wanted to do. The older girls picked Bingata Dyeing, unfortuntely the workshop said it wouldn’t be suitable for them, so we settled on Shishi dog painting.

the girls watching one, of the many, cats sleeping

the girls watching one, of the many, cats sleeping

Each little picked out a shisa and we let them at it! It was really interesting to see how each of the girls approached painting it!

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After about an hour of painting they were done.

this kaleidoscope was pretty neat

this kaleidoscope was pretty neat

The Yomitan Nature School is also within the grounds, I am not really sure what it is exactly but it appears to be a school for kids between 3-12. There were lots of wooden playground equipment and I guess it was all constructed by the kids…how cool is that! The girls went in and had a swing but we didn’t stay too long because I felt a bit awkward since the kids were in the classroom (there is a sign saying you can go in with an adult so I think it was ok we were there).

as was the man who designed the kaleidoscope!

as was the man who designed the kaleidoscope!

We made a quick stop to visit the horses before trying to find the goats; which we didn’t manage to find, so we called it a day!

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There are so many different options here and definitely suitable for all age groups; I initially thought it would be more geared towards kids, but having been there I can see its really for everyone!

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FYI:
Entrance Fee (Adults 600 Yen, Middle School Age 500 Yen, Elementary School Age 400 Yen and under 6 free)
Hours : 9am – 6pm, open 365 days a year!
Cost of workshops : varies between 800-4,000 Yen approx.

painting their shisa and the final products (Eden in the middle, Clio's at the bottom)

painting their shisa and the final products (Eden in the middle, Clio’s at the bottom)

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7 responses to “Shisha-dog Painting at Murasaki Mura, Okinawa

    • yeah I thought it was more aimed for children but having been I see that its really all ages, the older the better probably! The girls all did great painting their Shisa though!

    • Lol kassie you should! I didn’t but as i watched the girls i kind of wish i had! I really want to make some…i am hoping for a date day for my birthday so Matt & I can do one each (my birthday isn’t for another 7 months though lol)

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