Aug. 25, 2020 UPDATE
KIRA KARACHO Shijo Store- 雲母唐長 四条店 -
Although the staff do not necessarily speak perfect English, they are very kind and will assist you with gestures.
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A specialty shop for karakami, a traditional craft loved for more than four centuries
There are brilliant, beautiful, deep blue patterns placed throughout the shop here at KIRA KARACHO. Located inside COCON KARASUMA, the north of Shijo subway station, they sell karakami, a type of traditional Japanese paper. Originally, karakami, one of Japan’s traditional crafts, has mainly been used for sliding and folding screens as well as wallpaper. The shop’s name, KIRA KARACHO (雲母唐長), is the brand name of a well-established karakami maker that has continued making this paper since the Edo era, nearly 400 years ago. The karakami made by KARACHO is used to restore Nijō Castle, a World Heritage Site, as well as Katsura Imperial Villa. KIRA KARACHO was founded with the hope that people in modern times might embrace karakami to enrich their lives. Aside from larger-size products like sliding doors and wallpaper, there are also a number of items on display which better match modern lifestyles, such as cards, coffee mugs, and handbags. There are over 600 KARACHO patterns, and each one has its very own meaning and story. If it’s for a present, you can choose a pattern that matches the image of someone you wish to send a gift like language of flowers. Or, to give yourself good luck, you can buy an item with a pattern that brings good fortune. There are so many different ways to enjoy. Traditional Japanese culture that has continued for over four centuries, brought into beautiful combination with Western culture in order to keep it alive and carry it on. KIRA KARACHO has a unique outlook on the world. Please stop by when you’re in the neighborhood of Shijo .
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