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Nov. 09, 2021 UPDATE
[Closed]Kanzashi-ya Wargo Shinkyogoku - かんざし屋 Wargo 新京極店 -
Traveler Friendly
The signs in the shop have explanations in English so you can choose the kanzashi you like while reading about them. The staff is also friendly!
Information
English.
Languages spoken
Simple English.
1273 11 7.3 1 reviews
Nov. 09, 2021 UPDATE

[Closed]Kanzashi-ya Wargo Shinkyogoku

- かんざし屋 Wargo 新京極店 -
Traveler Friendly
The signs in the shop have explanations in English so you can choose the kanzashi you like while reading about them. The staff is also friendly!
Information
English.
Languages spoken
Simple English.
1273 11 7.3 1 reviews
Story & Recommendation
In Shinkyogoku Shopping Street you can find Kanzashi-ya Wargo that sells 20,000 kanzashi hair ornaments a month
Kanzashi are Japanese women’s hair ornaments. There is a shop in Shinkyogoku Shopping Street that sells kanzashi with a modern take, Wargo. The kanzashi that are sold at Wargo are designed so that they are easy to use every day so that they fit naturally into the modern lifestyle. It is exciting to look at all the different hair ornaments, but especially of note are the anime ones and the ones made in collaboration with traditional craft makers in Kyoto! Even for the kanzashi beginners, they have explanations about how and when to use them, so you can learn a lot here. The shop is easy to find: it is only a 3-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station! I hope you will buy at least one kanzashi, for yourself, or for your friends or girlfriend.
1Recommend!
Glass bead kanzashi
Glass bead kanzashi / ¥3,400 (+tax) ~
This kanzashi with a glass bead is the most popular product at Wargo. There are three reasons for this: they are easy to use, don’t break easily, and there are many different kinds! There are 800 different types! And all of them are handmade by an artisan. The stem is thick and long, plus it doesn’t rust easily, so they are really easy to use. They are cute, and there are many different kinds, so they are great for kanzashi beginners.
2Recommend!
Sparkly kanzashi
Sparkly kanzashi / ¥2,900 (+tax) ~
These sparkling kanzashi are also very popular. The dangling sparkling butterflies are almost like jewelry, and the way they radiate forces you to stop in your tracks. Some of them have butterflies on them, while others have flowers and other feminine designs. It seems like many men buy these as presents for their girlfriends. These make great presents.
3Check it out!
Only in Kyoto kanzashi with Kyoto-like pictures and designs
Only in Kyoto kanzashi with Kyoto-like pictures and designs / ¥2,900 (+tax) ~
These kanzashi made together in collaboration with traditional craft makers, and have pictures of famous products of Kyoto on them, are sure to be memorable souvenirs from Kyoto. Take for example this kanzashi born out of a collaboration project with a Kiyomizu ware kiln. The decoration is Kiyomizu ware, and on it is the cute, funny picture of Choju-giga, from the picture scrolls of Kozan-ji Temple.
How to buy

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The most popular products have explanations in English too. You can learn a lot about kanzashi. 


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They also have signs and video about how to use kanzashi. 


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And the staff can also use this mannequin to show you how to use kanzashi. 

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You can also use two kanzashi at once like in the picture. The one on the top is a flamboyant one, and the one below it a simpler one. By using two kanzashi at once you can enjoy kanzashi even more! 

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