Shopping in Kyoto
There are many shops and department stores in Kyoto, and you can find various ways to enjoy them. This is a list of my favorite stores.
I burn incense for deodorizer, freshener or bug repellent in the living room, entrance, bathroom, and balcony. I like to put Owariya’s scent ball in my kitchen too.
Shoyeido at Ranzan Kakyo holds a Nioi-Kou workshop to produce original scent with several kinds of incense.
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Aritsugu has more than 450 years history of producing Japanese knives and kitchenware. Clerks can speak several languages and explain details of each kitchenware with their deep knowledge. It was a joy to communicate with them and to learn how to use their tools. I bought a fish scale remover, pruning scissors and tea strainer for my souvenirs.
Kaikado mainly produces tea canisters and expands its handicraft skills to produce Spaghetti and Coffee bean containers. When I visited the head store, a clerk kindly explained about the differences between three kinds of materials; copper, brass and tin. She has cheered me up to enjoy the changing colors of the seasons for more than ten years.
D&DEPARTMENT has several stores in Japan featuring Japanese traditional crafts. The KYOTO store is located in Bukko temple and it has not only Kyoto crafts but also other area’s crafts. I bought Toyama Prefecture’s handcrafts.