Admire gleaming tinware as beautiful as jewels
Established in 1838, Seikado is a longstanding Kyoto metalwork specialty store that has been in continuous operation for nearly 200 years (there are just 10 metalwork specialty stores in all of Japan, making it a very rare store indeed). Located on Teramachi Dori Street, bustling with locals and tourists, Seikado has a dignified and relaxed appearance, creating the distinctive atmosphere that only a long history can produce. The biggest attraction of Seikado is its beautiful and tasteful tinware. Many of the beautiful objects are made from tin. This metal is easily scratched or dented. However, enjoying the added touch of this “transformation” through long term use is one of the reasons it captivates many people. Even if tinware is scratched, it will never deteriorate or rust. It can be passed down through generations from parent to child and child to grandchild, and made part of one’s life for years to come. The metalwork arrayed in the beautiful glass showcases is also the result of painstaking craftsmanship by artisans. Why not visit Seikado and admire these works of art?
Enjoy sake in beautiful sake cups / Large sake cup: about ￥6,000 ～ | Tumbler: about ￥20,000 ～
Seikado’s most appealing items are definitely these beautiful tinware sake cups. Sake cups made from tin are worth buying for their shiny silvery white appearance alone, but the biggest attraction of tinware sake cups is that they also have the perfect characteristics for sake. Tin is said to purify water. This makes the sake smoother, so even ordinary sake tastes just as good as junmai sake. It also has superior heat and cold retention, so you can keep hot or chilled sake at the appropriate temperature while you drink. Drinking sake from a beautiful, well-proportioned sake cup is an exceptional experience. If you love sake, then these items are highly recommended.
Tasteful teapots with an artful patina / about ￥40,000 ～
A unique look is nice even for a light and sturdy teapot. The rounded form and size are very cute, but the coloring of the body is subdued. This teapot is “patinized”, a process which turns the color of the metal black. This imparts an indescribable refined and understated flavor. It may not look colorful or beautiful, but this distinctive deep coloration makes it seem like it has been used with care for many years, and is very tasteful. This is the kind of item that you find yourself wanting to make a part of your everyday life.
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Silver fob charms with cute motifs / about ￥4,000～ | Cord attached to charm ￥900
These silver fob charms have motifs based on animals and plants, and would also make great souvenirs for the family. With traditional motifs like monkeys, turtles, and dogs, the animal charms are so cute it is hard to resist buying one, but the plant charms based on traditional Japanese seasonal symbols like maple leaves, gingko nuts, and acorns have a colorful Japanese authenticity that makes them perfect souvenirs. You can choose whatever color you like for the fob charm’s cord, so match your favorite motif with your favorite color cord and buy a charm that is just right for you!
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Incense holders with tiny animals to support the sticks / about ￥4,000 ～
The incense holders have animals like monkeys and rabbits that hold the incense sticks in their hands. The tiny animals that sit peacefully in the center of the beautiful metal trays are really adorable. Unwaveringly holding up the incense sticks in both hands, they look almost alive. Playful, unique metalwork handicrafts like these are part of the appeal of Seikado.
How to buyIf you ask the staff, they will take items out of the showcases for you. Have them bring out items for you to compare side by side and hold in your hands, and choose the one that you like the most!
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Occasionally, they also have exhibitions of works by the public, so you can enjoy a variety of metalwork handicrafts in the gallery at the back. If you are lucky, they will be having a public exhibition when you visit. Visit the gallery in the back to enjoy works by diverse metalwork handicraft artists from both Japan and around the world!
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Seikado / 清課堂
|Address||462, Myomanjimaecho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0932|
|Directions||2-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Stn. (Exit:2)|
|Open Hours||10am - 6pm|
|Closed||January 1st - 3rd|
There are staff members who speak English and French, so you can consult with them while you shop.
|Lanuages spoken||English, French|
|Shipping services||Shipping by EMS is available.|