Let’s visit various factories in the town of the Tokyo Skytree tower, where you can get a close look at the manufacturing processes for various made-in-Japan products.

Have you ever imagined how the products supporting our daily life in Japan are produced?
The Sumida Ward in Tokyo has been a district of craftsmen since the Edo Period (1603-1868).
This is where you’ll find about 3,000 small factories. SUMIFA is an event,touring around small town factories in Sumida area. This valuable event, where you can get a glimpse of Japan’s manufacturing technologies will be held in areas around the Tokyo Skytree this year.
How about participating in SUMIFA, and experiencing new discoveries and surprises that you have never noticed in your daily life in Japan!

2016-12-02   Events, Tokyo,


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The factory workers that took part in SUMIFA 2015.
The factory workers that took part in SUMIFA 2015.

The “Open Factory” is a special program for only two days a year!

As its name suggests, “Open Factory” is a program that opens the door to all visitors.
You can visit participating factories on this Open Factory program and look around at your own pace.

It’s very interesting to see the other side of factories that we normally cannot see.
It’s very interesting to see the other side of factories that we normally cannot see.

This program is a self-guided factory tour, and it will stimulate your interest because you can talk with craftsmen there and receive technical explanation. There are 21 factories that will participate this year such as a printing factory with a history more than 100 years, and a factory that manufactures very sharp scissors used in even the medical industry. You can also see the secret to making soap by pot boiling method. It’s a great opportunity to physically experience the skills of the master craftsman! Locations and times for visitors are determined at each factory, so please visit your favorites after checking participating factories on this Open Factory program at: SUMIFA official website (Japanese text only).

Join a factory tour and enjoy mixing in with craftsman!

If you are not comfortable touring the factories by yourself, why not join a factory ‘package’ tour? You can choose one factory tour that takes you on a tour of 13 different factories such as the “SUMIFA girls manufacturing tour”, which will visit three factories with shopping available. The “Cutting-edge factory tour” exhibits cutting-edge activities planned by students. The experienced tour-guide will show you the main attractions at each factory. A reservation is required and the tour costs vary, so see the details on the official website! http://www.sumifa.jp/index.html (Japanese text only)

Adults can enjoy these tours
Adults can enjoy these tours

There is an experience that you can only have here! Manufacturing workshops both parents and children can enjoy.

The free manufacturing workshops that both parents and children can enjoy, will be held on November 26. There are 5 kinds of workshops. You can make a wallet using waste materials, and a space alien lunch box using balloons.
A reservation is required for these workshops.

Try manufacturing workshops that will stimulate the imagination of a child!
Try manufacturing workshops that will stimulate the imagination of a child!

The manufacturing workshop

  • Time & Date: Saturday, November 26, 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Venue: Tobacco & Salt Museum(1-16-3 Yokokawa, Sumida Ward , Tokyo)
  • Participation fee:Free of charge
  • *Please sign up on the following URL.http://tabashio2016.peatix.com/view(Japanese text only)

Let’s make your own, unique item with craftsmen!

There are 9 workshops planned on November 26 and 27 for SUMIFA.
After you complete your work, you can bring it home.

A scene from the workshop on making sandals made of cloth.
A scene from the workshop on making sandals made of cloth.

There are various workshops where you can make a small lion key ring made of knitted cloth, an accessory made of colorful glass, a tote bag, and an original notebook. Make your own, unique product!

Find a workshop that you are curious about at SUMIFA!
Find a workshop that you are curious about at SUMIFA!

Some workshops require a reservation and some do not. If you have a workshop that you are interested in, please check its availability and participation fee. There is also a limit on the number of participants, so please make your reservation on the official website (Japanese text only) as early as possible.

A downtown manufacturing conference will also be held. The theme of this conference is, ‘The Sumida Ward and Taiwan’, both linked together though manufacturing.

The conference and convivial party in 2015
The conference and convivial party in 2015

The downtown manufacturing conference(to be held in Japanese)

  • Date & Time: Saturday, November 26, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Venue:Space 634(The 5th floor of Tokyo Soramachi)

In addition, the new products which were jointly developed by companies in Sumida Ward and a Taiwanese designer will be displayed at The Sumida district brand general exhibition.
Various products that are certified as “Sumida Modern”, a local brand representing the Sumida Ward, will be introduced.

Please check the event information periodically, because detailed information will be regularly updated on the official website, Facebook, and Twitter!

Taiwanese participants in SUMIFA
Taiwanese participants in SUMIFA

The Sumida district brand general exhibition

  • Date & Time: Saturday, November 26, 2016 /12:00pm-5:00pm
    Sunday, November 27, 2016 / 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Venue:Space 634 (The 5th floor of Tokyo Soramachi)
  • *Admission free

The articles of SUMIFA staff and students from the Waseda University School of Commerce interviewing the companies that participated in SUMIFA is published on the official SUMIFA website(Japanese text only).

SUMIFA Information Center

 

If you want to read the detailed information in Japanese, see the official SUMIFA website below.
the official SUMIFA website(Japanese text only).

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Hi, I am Koume. I’m originally from Fukuoka and currently living in Tokyo. I have lived in Australia, the Philippines, and Cambodia for several years. Through my life abroad, I have rediscovered the beauty of Japan. I hope my articles will be a helpful resource for both Japanese and foreign visitors.