London may very well be the best place outside of Japan to learn a traditional art or craft! Interest in time-honoured Japanese arts continues to escalate, and a search on the internet reveals many local teachers.
These large groups and foundations will also put you on the right track:
The British Origami Society – visit the website for the centre of all things origami in the UK. There’s something for any level of interest: tips, techniques and a gallery – as well as details of the meeting, newsletter and bi-monthly magazine.
Urasenke Foundation Chado group – The London branch of Urasenke offers private tuition as well as special events and workshops. The main aim is ‘to introduce and spread knowledge of Chado, The Way of Tea, a Japanese tradition with more than 400 hundred years of history.’ Keep your eyes peeled for regular demonstartions held at the British Museum.
Ikebana International – the London chapter is the oldest society for Japanese flower arrangement in the UK. This worldwide non-profit making oraganisation’s motto is ‘friendship through flowers’.
The Budokwai is the oldest Japanese martial arts club in Europe. In the heart of Chelsea, the Budokwai offers training in Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate and Aikido, as well as Hatha Yoga, and a babies and toddlers group.