Mar. 08, 2019 UPDATE
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Purveyor to the Japanese Imperial Household Agency, selling brilliant traditional wagasa umbrellas favored by maiko
This traditional Japanese umbrella shop is located near Yasaka Shrine. Traditional umbrellas were loved by the maiko because of how well they complemented the maikos’ kimonos. With their brilliant variety of colors and patterns, traditional umbrellas are also popular with international tourists. If you like, you can buy a traditional umbrella, then rent a kimono to go with it, and although most traditional umbrellas are relatively large and expensive, you can also find calming, cute, little ones for sale. The shop is tiny, holding only five or six people. Since there is only ever one or two members of staff available, you will probably be best off deciding what you want and what to ask the shop assistant before entering the shop.
Wagasa / about ¥10,000～
This large traditional wagasa umbrella, was made by the artisan from washi (Japanese paper) and bamboo. It complements traditional Japanese clothing, like the kimono. Many of these umbrellas feature a pattern of concentric circles known as “hebinome” or “snake’s eye”.
Miniature Wagasa / ¥1,720 ～
This small wagasa umbrella would make the perfect souvenir. When displayed at home, it becomes a cute conversation piece.
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Mini Geta / ¥2,300 ～
These small decorative pieces fit in the palm of your hand. They also come in a range of fun colors, like blue and red. They are small and delicate though, so be careful not to drop them.
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Strap / Geta ¥1,280│zori ¥1,200
Geta(traditional wooden sandal) and zori (traditional straw sandal) straps like these are hard to find anywhere else. The fun thing about them is that you can use them right away to decorate something.
How to buy
- Shopping Tips -
When shopping for a wagasa umbrella, check out the display models outside of the shop, and get an image in your mind of what kind you would like. Once you have the image in your head, only go inside to briefly discuss it with a shop assistant. Remember that some wagasa are meant to be used in the rain, while others are sun parasols.