The Museum of Kyoto, Museum shop Kyoto Benrido
Cool museum goods that you want to have more and more.
Text : Keiko Nakamura / Photo : Takuya Oshima
The museum of Kyoto is well-known for the red brick annex (an important cultural property : The former Bank of Japan - Kyoto Branch). ‘Museum shop Kyoto Benrido’ on the first floor of the main building is the company shop of Benrido and sells art printings and so on. It is a no charge free zone with ‘Rouji store’ which reconstructed its front appearance of the Kyomachiya building during the late Edo period, so that you can visit here without any hesitation.
My recommendation is the original goods they sell only here. ‘Ogawasenyo / chikame dish cloth’ (756 yen) has illustrations of multi-talented painters born and raised in Kyoto. Machiya-koshi silkscreened ‘tote bag’ (1,230 yen) and a ‘roof tile magnet’ (540 yen) which has a various designs every period.
‘Art post card’ (100 yen~) has museum collection motifs such as ‘100 landscapes in Kyoto’ all over the wall. National treasure, Choju Jinbutsu Giga (caricatures of frolicking birds, animals and humans) ‘Shukusho Makiko’ (each 4,212 yen) and ‘Sensu (fan)’ (3,240 yen) with Fujin Raijin-zu (Wind God and Thunder God image) are very popular for the foreign tourists.
They also sells traditional crafts such as ‘Kyo-koma (spinning top)’ (3,564 yen) designed for Yamahoko in the Gion Matsuri Festival. If you are interested in the Gion Matsuri Festival, I would like you to visit the second floor, a general exhibition room for the Gion Matsuri Festival exhibition at ‘Kyomatsuri’ section.
ADDRESS : 623-1 Higashikatamachi Takakura-dori Sanjo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City (MAP)
PHONE : +81(0)75-212-3931
HOURS : 10:00 a.m. ~ 7:30 p.m.
CLOSED : Monday (if it is a holiday, next day will be closed) & Dec 28th to Jan 3rd.
Kyoto Design House
A collection of gifts which has a modern atmosphere and displays traditional techniques.
Text : Wakako Sato / Photo : Takuya Oshima
There is a gift store called "Kyoto Design House" which selects hand-made products created with traditional techniques and showcasing a modern style on the ground floor of a modern building designed by the research institute of world-renowned architest Tadao Ando. Inside of the store, there are a number of items following the theme of "A fusion of traditional and modern Japan."
For example, you can find some small gifts like hand-printed New Year’s money envelopes, karakami patterned greeting cards, and Kyoto style snacks that can be given as small gifts. They also have one-of-a-kind items such as ceramics with auspicious motifs, elegantly hand-painted Kiyomizu-yaki ceramics, and delicate silk scarves made with Kyo-yuzen dyeing techniques.
"Shikebiki dyed stole" is a pure silk stole hand-dyed by kyo-yuzen artisan. Each stole is a one-of-a-kind item. The reversible stole features fine stripe patterns on both sides.
"THE SAKAZUKI" has San sui landscape paintings on one side, and a liquid platinum glaze finish on the opposite side. Traditional designs contrast the platinum glazing for a modern style. You will surely enjoy having a drink with these elegant cups.
Additionally, they carry "Sensuji Tea Caddies," individually hand-crafted by skilled artisans out of natural wood with a lacquer coating. The lids match perfectly to the base for an airtight fit. "Edible Gold Leaf Motifs" add a touch of elegance to any dish, such as a late or even ice cream. "Mishimade ceramics" are made with the Mishimade technique of embossing patterns into clay during the drying process. When purchasing items as gifts, they can be paired with a Karakami patterned greeting card for a personal touch.
One consistent aspect of their collection is that each item has been hand selected for desigh and ease of use. Native English speakers are also available to assist with your shopping experience. You may want to ask them for any hints or tips about Kyoto as well.
ADDRESS : Niwaka BLDG 1F, 105 Fukunagacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City (On Tominokoji Street north of Sanjo Street) (MAP)
PHONE : +81(0)75-222-5777
HOURS : 11:00 a.m. ~ 8:00 p.m.
CLOSED : Closed last weekday of each month and New Year's holiday
WEBSITE : www.kyoto-dh.com
The more you use these modern bamboo products, the richer and better your life become.
Text : Wakako Saito / Photo : Takashi Oka
There is a flagship store called ‘Kohchosai Kosuga’, which produces and sells bamboo products, on the first floor of Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto on Sanjo-dori street. They established the store in 1898.
A concept of their production is a ‘harmony between classic and modern’ and they line up items which has skilled craftsmanship and modern designed that will suit your modern life style.
These are ‘minotake series’ which are co-produced with a furniture designer, Makoto Koizumi. It seems they will make your life much better than before.
This ‘Iwase Hanakago’ has a strong modern taste on its thin strip of bamboo which is woven strongly and weakly.
This is ‘Miyabi-bashi’. Since craftsmen know bamboo so well, they are able to make the tip of the chopsticks so fine and thin in order to pick something easily and let the food smoothly go inside your mouth so that they have more repeat customers coming back here again.
Moreover, there are beautiful form table wear ’Copenhagen Collection’ designed by ‘OeO’, a design studio in Denmark, and we can also see Karamono-sozen (Chinese style sozen basket) arranged Sozen wicker basket simply and modernly. These modern tastes is a timeless and still applicable to the present day.
There are reliable skills on each item at the old-established store and refined and stunning works of art in every corner of what they have. A bamboo product is very familiar to Japanese people, and once you start living with all these refined designs in your life, your life will be much richer than before.
ADDRESS : Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto 1F, 74 Nakajima-cho Kawaramachi Higashi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City
PHONE : +81(0)75-221-8687
HOURS : 10:00 a.m. ~ 8:00 p.m.
CLOSED : none
WEBSITE : http://www.kohchosai.co.jp/ja.html
★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature