Now that I barely write with my own hands in my daily life, I somehow get this feeling of wanting to do so during traveling.
Writing a dairy for myself or even a letter to friends and family. At the same time, I start craving for some nice items for this special desire.
Yamato Oji Dori is facing Miyagawacho Kaburenjo (Geisha theater) where Maiko and Geisha strolls by.
If you go into a thin path from here, you can find Uragu, a stationary shop selling original post cards and letter papers.
The former tea ceremony house now offers items to put down your thoughts, to yourself or for others. They have postcard, memo, letter paper and envelopes.
Behind its name, Uragu, the owner has put in a wish that their items would be used to express and carry joyful and caring thoughts to people. In old words, 'Uragu' also meant 'happy' in Japan.
A memo is folded in an accordion manner so that it could be cut in desirable place. Sukashi binsen (watermarked paper) shows such an elegant pattern and line when put under the lights. Not only the receiver but also the sender will be able to enjoy them.
Uragu's original Kiccho (anniversary diary), Mamemo (small block memo).
Kiccho can be used to write down anniversary dates of family and friends.
Ms. Imanishi, Manager of the shop, has welcomed me warmly despite sudden visit. She started working at Uragu after having met the president of Uragu and its design company at Shodo (calligraphy) class.
'Most of the Uragu items are produced to be use in vertical writing' she says.
'We often get asked if there are anything for horizontal writing, but Japanese has a beauty in vertical writing and we are hoping to promote it'.
Having heard this made me feel wanting to learn Shodo in Kyoto.
I bought elephant series 'Zotou hin' postcard.
At the first glance, it looked a bit too formal, but going through their items made me realized that they were useful tools to carry on thoughts and feeling with humorous wits. You can buy them online but if you have a chance to be in Kyoto, do visit and see them yourself.
Address: 4-297 Miyagawasuji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto (map)
Closed: Monday (if public holiday, the next day)