Oct 13, 2012

Roku (small shop of folk handicraft)

Roku is on a busy street called 'Marutamachi dori' however it is easy to miss.
I think that's because not only the entrance is on the second flour but also the shop itself has a 'we do not want to bother' atmosphere in a good way.

Roku means tidy, standard and plain in Japanese.
There are potteries, kitchen tools, clothes and stationary.
I bought a basket made in Burkina Faso the other day. ummm interesting!

[ roku ]
11:00 - 19:00
closed on Wednesday
access: from city bus stop 'Kumano Jinjya mae' walk one minutes

HP: http://www.rokunamono.com/
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/%E3%83%AD%E3%82%AF/112899465490912

Oct 6, 2012

Monster Street

Ichijyo street lies on the northern tip of Heian-Kyo (one of the Japanese former capitals), that is, the border between the internal and external. In Heian-kyo, some also said it was the route between the human world and the non-human world.
Rumour has it that on a dark night during Heian period, the old materials and goods dumped by humans transformed into Yōkai (called ‘Kutsumogami’). One after another, a throng of monsters marched into the capital via this Ichijo street.
Moreover, a second-hand market has been held for many years on the 25th day of every month at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, in the vicinity of Ichijo street, because apparently the people in the past started reselling their old belongings before they turned into monsters according to “Onmyo (Yin-yang) Yōkai emaki” written by ARAMATA Hiroshi.

Monster Street on Ichijo street
Oct 20th (Sat)
Frea Market 16:00-
Monster Parade 18:30-

Oct 1, 2012

Kyoto Prefectural Office

Former Kyoto prefectural building was built by Meiji Era, It is the first of the Kyoto important cultural property.
Various work is made in this building still now.
And we can visit there on weekdays (Mon-Fri) between 10:00-17:00.
Some Volunteer will explore with us to show the inside (Free).

* Address: Yabunouchi-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8041
* Tel: 075-451-8111
* Access: 10-minute walk from Marutamachi Station on the Karasuma Subway Line

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