If you are going to stay in Central Izu area and have a half-day free, try and weave a coaster in a 3-hour workshop with Midori Ishimaru, a local natural dyer and weaver, at her quiet and cozy atelier near Shuzenji. Concentrating on weaving, I'm always able to practice mindfulness. It is also an ideal programme for enjoying a quiet rainy day. Midori's excellent collection of her work including kimono and sash, of which yarns were all dyed with trees and flowers in Izu, is something to see. If you are interested, contact us at Coooking Holiday in Izu.