There’s no point in travelling if you don’t immerse yourself into other cultures. While visiting attractions can be good enough for short trips, sometimes these mainstream travel activities leave much to be desired. If you have a bit more time in your hands, why don’t you sign up for some cultural experiences unique to the country you’re visiting? Asia is home to a myriad of interesting cultures, so there’s surely something different to try wherever you go.
Tokyo: Washi Paper-making
If you’re obsessed over paper crafts and stationery, you’ll find a unique cultural experience right in the capital that’s just for you. Ozu Washi, a paper shop that's been operating since the 1600s, has a Handmade Washi Experience Studio where you could try your hand at making your own sheet of washi. Washi paper-making is a treasured tradition that has now become a UNESCO Intanglible Cultural Heritage. The textured paper produced from this arduous process is said to be thicker and more durable so it’s perfect to take home as a souvenir.