Sep. 11, 2018 UPDATE
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New style of kawaii Kyoto souvenirs near Kiyomizu-dera Temple
COHAKU KAIRASHI, located in the middle of Gion area, offers a wide range of lovely goods. You would imagine a souvenir of Kyoto being very traditional looking, but this store has been aiming to manufacture products with a new factor. “Kairashi" means cute, or kawaii, in Kyoto dialect. Some “kawaii” goods that are laid out in the store have an original logo of winking maiko with a five-story pagoda and a phoenix. They are symbols of Kyoto that you could see while sightseeing in the city. This logo is on bags, charms, and other products. As their items are collaborated with many Japanese designers, all items that are offered in the store are made in Japan. This store is recommended for you to shop in and find kawaii Kyoto souvenirs for both you and your friends in memory of your Kyoto trip.
Maiko Tote Bag / ￥3,800 (+tax)
A logo of maiko with a five story-pagoda and a phoenix is stitched on this bag. The fabric used for this bag is the same as the type used in Judo uniforms, so it's very strong, durable, and long-lasting. These bags are created by several skilled craftsmen of Kyoto making it a very special item.
Charms / ￥1,800 –
A variety of colorful cushioning charms are offered. These match very well with the maiko tote bag or any bags that you own! Make your original creation with a choice of your favorite charm and bag. There are a variety of designs that are cute yet traditional because they consist of traditional shapes like pagoda and phoenix in bright colors.
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Nylon Bags / ￥21,000 (＋tax)
This bag is highly recommended by the staff because of its amazing functions. The shape of the bag can be changed depending on your preference. You could use it by folding it in half or use it without a strap. This useful bag is really light in weight so that your shoulders will not get stiff. Since the bag is so simple, try to decorate it with cute accessories. Just a colorful scarf on the handle of the bag would be lovely. There are a lot of accessories sold at the shop so please make sure to check them out!
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Silver Rings / Prices vary depending on the design
These rings can be worn casually or luxuriously. The rings are made by a Japanese designer, Kaoru, who was born in Kyoto and runs her design office. She comes up with a new design for her rings whenever she travels around the world. Some rings are uniquely designed with calligraphy that requires very detailed work. These hand made rings are worth checking out.
How to buy
Consult with the staff for suggestions.
- Shopping Tips -
Try putting different charms on bags to make your original one.