Aug. 12, 2020 UPDATE
Kyo-Kiyomizuyaki Asahido Honten - Main Store- 京・清水焼朝日堂 本店 -
Not only are there English and Chinese-speaking staff members on duty at all times, they also have pamphlets in English and Chinese. You can sign up for tax free exemption and EMS (an international shipping service) inside the store as well.
Japanese, English, and Chinese
Japanese, English, and Chinese
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Buy ceramics originating from Kyoto to decorate your dining table right in front of Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kyo-Kiyomizuyaki Asahido is located outside the gate to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. This store mainly carries Kiyomizu-yaki and Kyo-yaki, two types of ceramics which are representative of Kyoto. In addition to ceramics the store specially ordered from artisans, you can also buy traditional crafts sourced from all over Japan. With fine articles selected with a good eyes cultivated their founding. it offers only the highest quality items from both famous artists and up-and-coming artists alike. They carry a selection of crafts to meet a wide range of needs, from tableware for everyday use to high-class lacquerware and tea utensils, so it is the kind of store you can just drop by casually. The store has two floors, with mainly ceramics made using the Kiyomizu-yaki and Kyo-yaki techniques on the first floor, while traditional crafts gathered from all over Japan are displayed and sold on the second floor. Near the entrance on the first floor, there are various cups, dishes, and tea bowls for everyday use on sale for reasonable prices around ￥1,000-, and you may find yourself wanting to buy more than you expected. Further inside, there are high-class ceramics displayed like fine jewels. So you may be nervous about touching them, but feel free to pick up those that are permitted to be held! On the second floor, there is a collection of first-rate items you won’t see anywhere else, including Arita-yaki, a prominent style of ceramics from Saga Prefecture. The name Kiyomizu-yaki comes from the fact that it was first made near the entrance to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, so it makes a great souvenir of a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
Kiyomizu-yaki / Around ￥5,000-
Kiyomizu-yaki is shaped from clay made from durable rock and stone, and then fired, so it is known for being sturdy and long-lasting. The main cobalt blue coloration has a strong visual impact. It is painted in vivid colors based on ink painting patterns brought from China. In addition to bowls, they also carry a variety of other types of Kiyomizu-yaki for everyday use, such as mugs painted with the Kyoto cityscape, tea bowls, and more.
Kyo-yaki / Around ￥5,000-
This is earthenware made from fired clay. Its distinguishing feature is a pattern of cherry blossom petals painted together with autumn leaves called Unkin-moyou. The base color is a warm shade of beige, so it is recommend for people with refined tastes. The patterns have unique variations depending on the artisan who painted them, so look them over carefully to find a pattern you like.
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Potteries with Icchin technique / Around ￥8,100-
These teacups are made with a technique called Icchin. In this technique, the designs are painted on using a tool like a small syringe, producing a raised, three-dimensional texture. In addition to teacups mainly with colorful flower patterns, this store also has coffee cups with saucers made using the same technique, so you can enjoy the combination of Japanese and western styles.
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A wide range of lacquerwares from whole Japan / Various
On the second floor, crafts from all over Japan are displayed and sold. The high-class craft goods, such as Arita-yaki, a well-known style of ceramics from Saga Prefecture, are arranged like exhibits at a museum. You can buy them, of course, but it is worth it just to see the polished techniques of artisans from around Japan. There is an elevator to the second floor for wheelchair users, so they don’t need to worry about access.
How to buy
There are several staff members who can speak English and Chinese, so don’t hesitate to ask the shop staff questions about the items. They will give a detailed explanation about what you want to know, such as what a pattern represents or how to use an item, so it is easy to find what you want.
- Shopping Tips -
The tax free counter is located near the entrance, and they also handle international shipping there as well, which is handy.