Saiun-do Art Supplies Shop
Saiun-do (‘Painted Clouds’) Shop, interior, selling Japanese painting supplies since 1863 (!). The shop’s specialties are specially formulated Japanese painting pigments, as well as Japanese brushes and handmade papers. I bought a set of pigments contained in beautiful ceramic dishes. Note: If you buy something from the shop, you might also want to see the shop’s guestbook that lists famous painters and artists from around the world.
An old Ramen (Japanese noodle soup) near Nishikikoji Dori. Watercolor, 21x29cm. Approx. 6 effective hours in studio.
An old liquor shop near Karasuma Oike, designated as National Cultural Property. Watercolor, 21x29cm. Approx. 6 effective hours in studio.
An old machiya located near the end of Nishiki market __at the junction between Nishikikoji dori and Higashinotoin Dori, squeezed between new, modern medium-rise buildings__ selling fresh vegetables and fruits.Watercolor, 21x29cm. Approx. 6 effective hours in studio.
A Machiya near Kitano Shrine
A Machiya at Gozen Dori near the side entrance to Kitano-Tenmangu shrine, houses three different businesess: a textile shop, a restaurant, and a studio.Watercolor on paper, 21x29cm. Approx. 2 effective hours in studio.
A Renovated Machiya
A renovated machiya at the junction of Takakura and Ebisugawa Dori, selling colorful tsukemono (Japanese pickles).
The building was originally Mainichi Shimbun newspaper office. Now it houses a cafe and performance space. Visit the website http://www.cafe-independants.com/
WAK Japan office
The (relatively new) office of WAK Japan at Takakura Dori (near Marutamachi subway station), a “Kyoto-based company providing foreign tourists to Japan with various hands-on culture experiences such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, cooking, wearing kimono, home visits, etc” (quoted from their website http://www.wakjapan.com/ ).
Tomiya Bamboo craft Shop
Tomiya Bamboo Craft Shop at Teramachi, near Kyoto Municipal Office. Sells unique bamboo craft obviously made by highly skilled craftsman.
Bibliotek Hello Cafe
Bibliotek Hello Cafe at Nijo Dori, near the junction with Yanagi Bamba Dori. My favourite Cafe with relaxed setting, lots of books, and __off course__ great food.
Kushi Kura Restaurant at Takakura Dori, near Karasuma Oike. Famous for their Yakitori (chicken-on-skewer). Highly recommended on Frommers http://www.frommers.com. Read a review here: http://akueats.com/kushi-kura-in-kyoto-tonys-look.asp
Kikuyazakkaten Furniture shop
Kikuyazakkaten shop at Teramachi, near Kyoto Municipal Office. Sells (very cute) furniture and handmade goods. www.kikuyazakkaten.com .
Miyawaki Baisen-an fan shop
Miyawaki Baisen-an at Sanjo Dori. A souvenir shop specializing at selling handmade fans since 1823. Handmade fans is among the most sought-after souvenirs by those who visits Kyoto during Edo Period (18th CE). See their website www.baisenan.co.jp/ , or read a review from Frommers here http://www.frommers.com/destinations/kyoto/S27487.html
日昇別荘 Ryokan (inn) at Sanjo
A Ryokan (traditional inn) called ‘Sunrise-Villa’ at Sanjo Dori. Watercolor on 180 gsm paper, 21x29cm.
An Office at Sanjo Dori
This office is utilising an old renovated machiya at Sanjo Dori, within the Nishijin area, a distict famous for its intricate obi -weaving skills. Obi is an intricate, expensive hand-made textile belt used to give shape to kimono.
Tairyudo Gallery bookshop at Shin-Sawaragicho Dori near Marutamachi Station. For details visit their website www.tairyudo.com
This old machiya at Rokkaku Dori near Karasuma is famous for its wagashi (Japanese sweets). For details, visit http://www.ochaya.com/daigokuden.htm. Watercolor on 180 gsm paper, 21×29 cm.
Hinoko Charcoal Shop, specialized in selling special (and expensive) fragrant, smokeless charcoals used in tea ceremony.
Ippodo Tea Shop at Teramachi-dori, near Kyoto Imperial Palace. (Very) famous for its bewildering array of tea variants. Visit their cute website http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/en/ . Watercolor on 180 gsm paper, 21×29 cm.