Making dragonfly balls in Hokkaido · Otaru! To my sparkling accessories made by myself, my daughter is impressed!

Blogger's Profile Nickname: Kei
Age ThirtiesGender maleProfession employee
This is my daughter's daughter of primary school living in Chitose city, Hokkaido. I would like to introduce various things to Hokkaido activities center!

Nice to meet you. First of all, I will introduce myself. Hokkaido is a parent of a child living in Chitose city. In the spring, my daughter entered elementary school, so I started writing it as a blog to write this on.

When I trace my childhood memory, from around a small one, I traveled, played with my parents, I was impressed with the impressive memories. I want to make lots of fun memories for my daughter. Because I work on a shift system for holidays, my daughter was also off for my daughter's kindergarten and I played together, but when I become elementary school my opportunities for holidays overlap Close. There are also feelings that I want to enrich the few holidays with parents and children. And I also want to introduce the charm of my favorite Hokkaido!


To Otaru Glass Craft Experience with parents and children

That's why ... It's a nearby place, I went to a glass workshop in Otaru, a crafts experience with parents and children!

"Kitaichi Glass" is famous for saying glass in Otaru, but in reality Otaru City has many attractive glass studio besides Kitaichi brands. Especially, it seems that the plan to create hands-on glass craft works by myself is very popular now. Various kinds of courses are held at various studio, and the difficulty of production varies. For example ...

"Sandblasting" which blows fine sand and sharpens a favorite pattern on a glass item. "Fusing" which finishes into a coherent work while sticking small, colorful plate-like glass. There was also a plan called "blown glass", which produced big bugs from one place and one from glasses.

Everything is very attractive, but since it's a work that uses ultra-high-temperature firepower, I have done "Tonbo-Ball making" which seems safe even for elementary school students. It was this plan that we participated.


[Hokkaido dragonfly ball experience] Otaru souvenirs ♪ dragonfly ball making experience of tourism

Otaru glass of light-Ayaya (color Ya)

[Hokkaido dragonfly ball experience] Otaru souvenirs ♪ dragonfly ball making experience of tourism

Plan ID: 12034Otaru glass of light-Ayaya (color Ya)
540yen~​ ​(tax included)

Dissolve your favorite color glass rod is heated by a burner, is the experience to make a dragonfly ball wound to the iron rod. You can choose from the normal course and the animal course. Normal course [Marble] [grain] [polka] [Heart] [flower] all five, Animal course [octopus] [pig] [turtle] [bear] [dog] [cat] [Penguin] [chick] [Marimo] all nine.

A studio called "Ayaro (Iroidori)" was doing it, but it is super recommended. First of all, the building is also cool. There are plenty of historical buildings built in the city of Otaru during the Meiji and Taisho periods, but the building of this shop was also built in the Meiji 40 year. Of course I'm maintaining, but I am touched that it is very nice to use windows of wooden frames or buildings with warmth while carefully using them. It's good for people who are aiming for "instinct" (laugh), surely.

On the first floor, many souvenir products of one point made by craftsman are exhibited and sold, the second floor is the production studio. While looking at various samples at the reception desk, first select the design you want to make. We tried to design the most for beginners. I decided I thought it would be easier for an elementary school girl to make it, but if it was a dragonfly ball, it might have been able to go for intermediate level. The staff person explained the point very carefully and I felt little anxiety even using a burner. I needed some tricks to dissolve thin glass rods and make a pattern, but thanks to you, a very beautiful work has been completed! The journey time is about 15 minutes. The trial fee was also 540 yen and it was cheap, I think that I can challenge easily.

The thing I thought as "one woman" is that you have to attach small items such as straps to the finished dragonfly ball. It's about 2 to 300 yen straps, but my wife says, "If you buy it 100 hundreds, it's 100 yen for 5 items!" What's that? But it's a tourist spot. Experience fee is cheap. I thought it would be okay because I could have fun memories. My daughter was very pleased. Because my own handmade is only one in the world, it is still different.

The location of the shop is about 5 minutes on foot from Otaru Canal and about 15 minutes from Otaru station. Because it is a place full of tourists, I think that it is safer to book in advance. Speaking of sightseeing, when I live in Hokkaido I do not go sightseeing spot unexpectedly because I'm living in the lighthouse, but when I go to Otaru, is it a sightseeing spot where I will definitely stop by? I think that is also good).

Coffee shop "Kitaichi Hall" in Kitaichi Glass No.3 building. All the lighting in the shop are oil lamps, no lighting of electricity at all. It seems that it was an oil lamp at the beginning when Kitaichi Glass was founded, and the oil lamp was the main product that illuminates the night of the area for a certain period of time. Paying respect to that roots, the posture that cherishes is also good. When entering the shop at the opening of the morning, you can see the process of lighting fire with human hand one by one for every oil lamp in the store. It's really fantastic and beautiful, I feel history. When I drink coffee here, I feel as if I had time slips. Of course, I dropped in with my family this time. Because it is in the same building as the souvenir shop, I bought a lamp of a floating ball that I wanted all the time, in addition to spending expenses being unnecessary for my daughter to be jealous of accessories (laugh). That atmosphere gets caught up ~ (laugh).

Well, I had a great time with Otaru's glass craft experience, making a small dragonfly ball, so I think that I would like to challenge another work while raising the difficulty according to my daughter's growth. If everyone comes to Hokkaido, please come and look forward to the city and glass of Otaru!


Blogger's Profile Nickname: Kei
Age ThirtiesGender maleProfession employee
This is my daughter's daughter of primary school living in Chitose city, Hokkaido. I would like to introduce various things to Hokkaido activities center!


The plan introduced in this article

Otaru glass of light-Ayaya (color Ya)

[Hokkaido dragonfly ball experience] Otaru souvenirs ♪ dragonfly ball making experience of tourism

Plan ID: 12034Otaru glass of light-Ayaya (color Ya)
540yen~​ ​(tax included)

Dissolve your favorite color glass rod is heated by a burner, is the experience to make a dragonfly ball wound to the iron rod. You can choose from the normal course and the animal course. Normal course [Marble] [grain] [polka] [Heart] [flower] all five, Animal course [octopus] [pig] [turtle] [bear] [dog] [cat] [Penguin] [chick] [Marimo] all nine.

  • Included in priceExperience fee, material cost, consumption tax
  • Available age4 years old
  • ScheduleRegularly
  • Assemble pointOtaru Glass's Light, Ayano (Iroidori) Hokkaido Otaru City Sakai-cho 1-18

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