Enjoy the long autumn nights ② Enchanted by the soft light of Andon (paper-covered lanterns)
It's getting dark earlier these days.Kyoto is in the tourist season.It is also a fun season to drink or listen to music at night and spend a moist time at home.Why don't you change the lighting of the room to a light and relax more?The Andon of "Suzuki Shofudo" which has a variety of Japanese paper goods has a nice external cylinder that is handmade one by one by a craftsman.With patterns of flowers and plants emerging from the soft light, it's easy to forget the passage of time just by looking at them.Click here for Enjoy the long autumn nights ① Cheers to a Kyoto-like machiya bar!Suzuki Shofudo409 and 410 Izutsuya-cho, Rokkaku sagaru, Yanagibaba-dori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City10 minute walk from Shijo Subway Station
When it come to Spring souvenirs, "UCHU wagashi" dried sweets are a must
Have you ever seen traditional Kyoto dried sweets made with modern designs?If you haven't, you will be surprised at those of "UCHU wagashi", the shop that made this concept its objective.This brand was launched by the designer Katsuya Kimoto.They combine traditional methods and contemporary designs, with the concept of "Japanese-style confectioneries that make people happy and excited."They have many inventive ideas, such as animals or landscapes of Kyoto as sweets shapes, and surprising flavors, such as cocoa or jasmine tea.The cute packages are also perfect as a souvenir.For more information about "UCHU wagashi" representative Mr. Katsuya Kimoto, click here"UCHU Wagashi Teramachi honten" 307 Shintomi-cho, Teramachi Dori Marutamachi Agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi5 minutes walk from the Keihan Line station of "Jingu Marutamachi"
In spring, make your fingertips fashionable by "Gofun manicure"
When the temperature rises and the cherry blossoms bloom, you feel excited.How about taking care of your nails' fashion and have them done in the spring?For this, we recommend the "Gofun" manicure of "Ueba Esou".It is a store of Japanese paintings in Kyoto specialized in nails.In "Gofun", we gently take care of your nails and color them.There are many colors to choose from: more than 30 kinds, all with beautiful names, such as pomegranate (red-pink) or maiden colors.How about enjoying collecting all of the colors each time you come to Kyoto?More information about the 10th boss of "Ueba Esou", Ms. Yumi Ishida is here
Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ③ "Oimatsu Kitano store" plum sweets
Near the Matsuhiro Shoten (clasp purse store), which we introduced last time, there is a long-established Japanese sweet shop, called "Oimatsu Kitano shop".Speaking of Kamishichiken shops, we speak about the front gate of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.Speaking of Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, we speak about its main Deity Sugawara Michizanekō.And speaking of Michizanekō, we think of "plum"; as it is her favorite flower."Oimatsu Kitano shop" since old times, continues to make Japanese sweets reflecting the four seasons of Kyoto.In February, they sell the "Kitano no ume" (plums of Kitano).Using the red plump plum, the plum scent seems almost to comeout!When visiting Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, please go and check out this shop and try one of their plum sweets.Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ①, viewing "Weeping plums" in "Jonan-gu Shrine" here.Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ②, the store that sells Matsuhiro Shoten plum clasp purses is here."Oimatsu Kitano store"Kyoto City, Kamigyo Ward, Imadegawa Street, Onmae Street (East entrance), Shakenagaya-Chō 6755 minutes on foot from "Kamishichiken" bus stop
Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ② Plum blossom clasp purses, sold at "Matsuhiro Shoten"
Plum trees are in full bloom in this season, but instead of just viewing them, why not carrying some goods that portray plum trees patterns?It will be fun for sure.In that case, the clasp purses of "Matsuhiro Shoten" are what you are looking for: they implement the style, patterns and shapes proper of the traditional Kyoto style.Just putting one of them in your bag would be for you a great satisfaction.Pouches, bags and wallets are handcrafted by craftsmen.They are durable and each one of them has a unique pattern, not printed, but handmade, to make it unique.All patterns used in this shop will be different, according to the season they are made in.For this reason, it would be wonderful to use for several different types of items, one for each time you came to visit.Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ①, watching "Weeping plums" in "Jonan-gu Shrine" is here.Matsuhiro Shoten store in Kamishichiken-tenKyoto City, Kamigyo Ward, Imadegawa Street, Shinseichō 7162 minutes on foot from "Kamishichiken" bus stop
A Dose of Sweets at Kagizen
If you are going to Gion, here is the Japanese sweets store I really recommend you to try.In this sweets store founded at the year of Kyoho during the Edo period, one can have a feeling of history and style from its Noren curtains with crest prints and baking molds of sweets decorated around the store.One of the iconic products is the soybean sweets, "Kikujyuto" made in the shape of a chrysanthemum.The beautiful and delicate visual presentation, not to mention the smooth texture and the elegant sweetness, has no words to describe it.Once you try it, you will never forget.Slowly sipping tea inside a warm room and carefully tasting precious the sweets one by one...Wouldn't you like to experience such a luxurious moment?For more information about the fifteenth generation owner of Kagizen Yoshifusa shop, Imanishi Yoshiya, please click here.
Christmas Edition Japanese Sweets from "Suetomi"
For those who like delicious, beautiful things, we recommend the fresh sweets from the Japanese sweets store, "Suetomi".The store was founded in the Meiji Period, and regardless of when you visit the store, you will be able to see a variety of Japanese sweets with a design limited to a particular season.The fresh sweets that make an appearance in the month of December are ones that have an element of surprise.There are trees and star decorations on them ... Yes, they are of Christmas motifs.Though cakes are good as well, celebrating the Christmas with Japanese sweets that reflect the artisan's imagination are also enjoyable.
Autumn book cover of "Takezasado"
In order to enjoy autumn, you need to be carrying around an autumn themed item."Takezasado" book covers make me look forward to every season.It is the shop based on "Takenaka-mokuhan" founded during the Meiji Period, selling wooden paper goods such as book covers and Pochi bags.The texture of Japanese paper and the retro-modern color adds a very unique pattern, doesn't it? My favorite is the chestnuts and autumn leaves motifs ones.Just by adding it to your bag makes it fun.For more information about the wood block producer from Takezasado, Takenaka Kenji, please click here.
- Tsuchi Twist Experience
- Japanese candle painting experience
- Hands-on braiding experience
- Making woodblock postcards
- Mini Japanese umbrella crafting experience
- Kyoto fan painting experience
- Denim Kyo-Yuzen-Zome Experience
- One-Day Kadou (Flower Arrangement) Experience
- Cherry Blossom Tsumami Zaiku Workshop
- Making your very own tegaki cherry blossom yuzen
- Experiencing handmade Kyoto-style confectionery
- Tegaki (hand-painted) Yuzen Experience
- Kyo Zogan Making Experience
- Scented sachet crafting experience, delivered by our craftsmen.
- Hanayui(flower head dress)Photo Plan
- KYOYAKI・KIYOMIZUYAKI Kochi painting
- Tote bag dyeing
- Tsumamizaiku [Pinching-craft] flower box making
- Mizuhiki-zaiku's flower card
- Making original mini lanterns
- Experience carving wooden covers of the stamp book