May. 19, 2017 UPDATE

Utsuwa Akando

- うつわ阿閑堂 -
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Eye-catching pieces of antique servingwares and more
Once you step into this store, you will be surrounded with mounds of servingwares all strikingly beautiful with different characteristics. Many pieces are from Showa era (1926 - 1989) and Taisho period (1912 - 1926), but not limited to as there are also modern pieces in the store. Local regular customers come in on weekly bases to look for items of their own taste and pick out items that equal to be their personal treasures. Not only do collectors frequent this store, but those from Japanese cuisine restaurants, usually on seasonal bases, often look for serving wares to use for their dishes. You may come across a rare piece that might just catch your eyes!
Lacquerware / Varies
There is a good amount of lacquerware to choose from. Different shades of vermillion colors are so appealing especially the ones with detailed work. Each one goes through many steps until it becomes a finished product. On some of the pieces, you can visually see the layers of paint. Because it requires a long procedure, usually the prices match its worth, however, they are considered reasonable compared to new items.
Ochoko / Varies
Ochoko, or the little cups used to drink Japanese sake, are something you would want to consider to get in memory of your Japan trip. You can find ones made with glass, porcelain, or ceramic with various designs. Finding a one-of-a-kind piece will definitely be a highlight of your trip. There are also beautiful tea cups as well.
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Plates / Varies
The store is full of plates of various shapes and finishes. Not only do they carry Kyoto style porcelains like Kiyomizu Yaki, but they also carry pieces from all over Japan. Notice that there is multiples of the same kind; however, you can buy just one plate. In another words, you don’t have to buy in sets.
How to buy
Carefully pick out the pieces you want. Be careful because you will be surrounded with fragile items in a limited space.
- Shopping Tips -
There are pieces that come with wooden boxes. However, not all of the pieces come with it so please check with the staff.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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I like that the items are overflowing inside the store, it's kind of like treasure hunting in there. It's located near Heian Jingu Shrine so if you are in the area, try to stop by here. You will find many serving wares, cups, lacquerware, and more!
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Utsuwa Akando / うつわ阿閑堂
Category Antiques
Phone +81 75-752-3538
Address 102-6, Oidecho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0022
Directions 1-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Stn.
Open Hours 11am - 6pm
Closed Mondays and Fridays
Price range
Mostly around ¥3,000 ~ ¥10,000 per piece
Credit cards Accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Many tourists visit to check out the store
Information Japanese
Lanuages spoken Japanese
Shipping services Not available

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