1/2 Day Workshops Open for Registration

Workshops throughout the symposium have been updated and published! Registration for workshops* opens Wednesday, 21 March at 10am (Pacific Time).
*Arimatsu 1/2-Day Workshops and Yonezawa 1/2-Day Workshops. Yamagata Short Workshops will open later. Pre-symposium 1-Day Workshops and Yamagata Safflower Harvest are open now!

REMEMBER: You must have completed your registration and paid your balance in order to sign up for workshops and other symposium events!

Call for Entry Published: New Beat International Student Competition

We're pleased to open another call for entry!  Make sure to check out the exhibitions page listing the ten symposium exhibitions in all three regions.


  • New Beat International Student Competition calls for students across the globe to present innovative 2D and 3D art inspired by material manipulation and cutting-edge technical application, pushing the boundaries of contemporary art further into the future.

Call for Entry Published: Kimono Inspiration Challenge, Shibori Mini

We've added an exhibitions page listing symposium exhibitions in all three regions, and are pleased to announce two new calls for entry!


  • Kimono Inspiration Challenge: Yukata from Abroad challenges international artists to design inspirational new summer wear for the Arimatsu artisan community. Garments will be displayed at the annual Arimatsu Shibori Festival as well as the 11 ISS, and will enter the permanent collection of the Arimatsu-Narumi Shibori Kaikan.

  • Shibori Mini calls for innovative and engaging interpretations of shibori, confined to a 30x30x30cm (roughly 12x12x12in) space.

Registration Package Updates

Have you seen the 11 ISS Highlights booklet? We've updated the website to match its format and content, but if you prefer a PDF to download and print go check it out!


  • We've updated the registration packages page to include more details of what each package includes, and listed the final package prices.

  • We've changed the way we list dates of the pre-symposium tours and symposium registration packages to include both arrival and departure dates. The actual dates of the program haven't changed! We hope that this new format is easier to understand at  a glance.
    e.g. Full Symposium 27 June - 09 July is now listed as 27 June - 10 July. You still arrive on the 27th and depart on the 10th.

  • Due to popular demand, we've added limited capacity for guests at the symposium. Read about the conditions for bringing a guest along in the FAQs on the registration page.