Kyoto’s Secrets

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A Traditional Umbrella Shop in Kyoto

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Umbrella-making is a refined art confined to the hands of great and very few artists. There is a small shop with a tiny little display space by one of numerous temples in Kyoto. The Wagasa umbrella shop stands proudly as the “only producer of traditional umbrellas in Kyoto” just by the Hokyo-ji Temple, in a narrow street, only meters from Horikawa Dori. When visiting Kyoto, inquire about this revealed secret. These beautiful umbrellas could cost you quite a fortune, but if you can’t afford them, don’t give up. A shop attendant will be happy to show you a good selection of these superb works of art that are discounted because of minor defects. In time of glory, they were fashionable, an accessory that would complement the traditional wear and bring pride and beauty to its owner while she, and even he, were walking along a river, in a garden or in the streets of the old capital.
Blue sky and rice stars Umbrella Kyoto

Blue sky and rice stars Umbrella Kyoto

These works of art can also give an Asian touch to your apartment without you falling into tacky decoration. Get them for a special event or open one in your office to bring new light in your workplace. If you don’t go to Kyoto, you can order on line. The following link will get you to their website and give access to a lot more information.  More on Wagasa Umbrella Shop

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Head Monk at the Chishaku-In June 15th 2008

Head Monk at the Chishaku-In June 15th 2008

*The aspect of these umbrellas varies in size, shape and colors. Here is a big red umbrella used to protect the head monk from the sun during the must see Chishaku-In Temple festival, held on June 15th. Visit the following site for great pictures and information on this temple and many others in Kyoto. Link to Chishaku-In. When Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana came to Kyoto Palace, a similar, but bigger red umbrella was used for their protection.
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Honen-In Is One of Kyoto’s Secret

Honen-In Kyoto

Honen-In Kyoto

Honen-In is definitely one of these secrets. Small is beautiful, they say. This temple and its garden are just behind the Philosopher’s Path, near Ginkaku-Ji. Get in, discover the beauty of simplicity and breath the peaceful aura of this quiet surrounding.