Oct. 03, 2018 UPDATE

Traditional handicrafts from Kyoto

Kimono, Kyo-yaki, Kyo-zogan, and many other words for different types of handicrafts are something you quite often hear in Kyoto, a place famed for its temples, which in turn then became patrons of art, which then lead to the birth of the “dento koge,” traditional handicrafts of Kyoto.
Part 1An introduction to the traditional crafts of Kyoto
Kyoto is famous for its handicrafts. This is something that you hear often in Japan, but have you ever stopped to consider why this is? The story of Kyoto and handicrafts actually goes back to the Heian period, around …
Part 2Kimono: the ultimate Kyo-craft to get in the old capital
The history of the Japanese garment known as kimono began already in the Jomon period (14,000–300 BC), although of course, it didn’t really look like the kimono we know today back then. It was …
Part 3Where to buy traditional crafts in Kyoto?
Knives, Kiyomizu-yaki, Kyo-yaki, folding fans… there are so many traditional handcrafted things to get in Kyoto! But where can you find the best ones? Things made in Kyoto are …
Part 4Traditional handicraft experiences to be had in Kyoto
When in Kyoto, you do as the locals do, and try your hand at making some great Japanese handicrafts. There is so much to try here in the old capital that you’re not …
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