An authentic Japanese antiques shop run by an aficionado
Enter Gokomachi-dori, just off the Kyoto Shiyakushomae Station stop, and head southward for about five minutes on foot.
Right next to TULLY’S COFFEE, you will find Osugi Shoten, which carries antiques dating from Japan’s Edo through Taisho periods.
Osugi Shoten is located in a traditional machiya townhouse, an austere and quiet presence amidst bustling cafes and vintage clothing shops. The shop may seem a bit intimidating and prestigious, so perhaps you’ll hesitate to enter. But don’t worry! There is nothing to be afraid of! The shop is home to a range of antique vessels and items, an inviting and warm space created by the gentle proprietor.
Osugi Shoten is definitely recommend for beginners to the antiques scene. The shop’s ethos is about having more than just important and expensive antiques that are for a rarefied few. They also stock items that are enjoyable for everyday use out of the hope that more people will incorporate antiques in their lives. The owner will gladly go into detail about each and every item. If there is anything you’re unclear on, do not hesitate to ask him questions.
One great thing about Osugi Shoten is that everyone who visits becomes enchanted with the world of antiques. This is owed to the owner’s enthusiasm and passion for the subject. He will treat you to all sorts of lore and gossip, and his love for the subject is quite evident. As you listen, you come to realize how rich and interesting the world of antiques is. By the time you have left Osugi Shoten, you’ll be a diehard fan of the place. You’ll already be thinking about coming back again. There’s a mysterious energy about this place that keeps you coming back.
That’s Osugi Shoten in a nutshell -- an inviting and fun place with a passionate owner. If you visit Kyoto, you must stop by here.