Shopping In Kyoto That Will Make You Skip-A-Heartbeat!
Hi everybody, it’s Fujikawa! Are you coming to Kyoto, and planning to do some shopping in Kyoto? 😉
The weather is really just perfect here in Japan, as the weather makes its shift towards Autumn! Of course, autumn makes Kyoto the busiest time of the year as tourists from all over the world flock here to see the autumn colours. There may be those among you who are already planning a trip to Kyoto? ^v^ Kyoto is famous as a tourist destination, a unique place where its culture and products reflect both the traditions and innovations of Kyoto. How about getting some Kyoto-like items when you are here shopping in Kyoto?
1. niki niki
When shopping in Kyoto, I’m sure most of you would know the well-known Kyoto souvenir, Yatsuhashi? It’s the doughy Japanese sweets that wraps a number of different fillings in triangular shapes.
Well, throw that concept out of your mind, as we introduce you to this stylish and cute store “nikiniki”, which are also Yatsuhashi! The popular items include:
(1) Carre de Cannelle
Carre de Cannelle is a Japanese sweet that allows you to mix and match your favourite dough and fillings! Available fillings you can choose from include apple, caramel, apricot and many more stylish flavours. ^v^
If you are going for takeaway/takeout, there’s even a kit where you can choose to DIY your own sweets to eat!
(2) Legâteau de la Saison
Legâteau de la Saison is an extremely cute Japanese sweets decorated to a season motif. Ta-dah!!
It look gorgeous while maximising the traditional taste and texture. Of course, taste is guaranteed to be good! You can enjoy Nikiniki in any season in Japan! Nikiniki can be found at Kyoto Station and Kawaramachi.
(photos via find-travel.jp)
2. SOU SOU
SOU・SOU is a brand that uses Japanese traditional arrangements to create Japanese modern designs. Its Japanese designs exude originality through daily products and wear, and shows excellence design-wise to allow anyone to enjoy the Japanese modern.
One of SOU・SOU’s popular bag is the one that is imaged after Japanese wrapping cloths. Traditionally, Japanese people used to carry personal possessions around, wrapped in a single piece of cloth. SOU・SOU has managed to recreate that tradition that matches today’s modern fashion!
Do you know what is written? This is the hiragana design, a unisex design for anyone!
SOU・SOU has other items such as phone cases, clear files an tea cups, but I would like to strongly introduce this!
ｷｬｰ♪ ｏ(＞▽＜*)(*＞▽＜)ｏ ｷｬｰ♪
The cuteness is a perfect blend of the modern and Japanese design.
SOU・SOU’s main store can be found in Kawaramachi, Kyoto!
(photos via sousounetshop.jp)
3. nanaco plus+
nanaco plus+ seals the cuteness of Japanese candies in accessories. These are popular because nanaco plus+ uses a special resin to coat ACTUAL CANDIES to create accessories like hair pins.
This is the Candy Pierce Mini Neon, which has becomed very popular. Since the candies used in the accessories and real and handmade, each design is slightly different, making them happily unique ^v^
This earphone jack is imaged after the refined Japanese sugar candies.
Looking at nanaco+ plus accessories, you will be touched by the beauty of these traditional candies. It feels good to carry these jewel-like Japanese candies around everyday, getting a sense of happiness by your side!
The main store of nanaco plus+ is located at Shijo-Kawaramachi, Kyoto, a must-visit when you are shopping in Kyoto!
(photos via nanaco-plus.com)
4. Ueba Esou
Ueba Esou is a long-standing brand that started off in Kyoto as a stationary shop. The pigment used in their makeup products are the same used for dolls, Japanese art, and the temple walls. The pigment is “chalk powder” made from scallop shells, and “chalk powder” nail polishes are starting to gain attention.
:: Benefits of chalk powder nail polish ::
(1) Natural ingredients
The natural ingredients used in the chalk powder nail polish are gentle on the nails, and they don’t have the unique smell that comes with manicures. If you have issues with the stubborn smell that remains after manicure, this will be great for you.
(2) Quick to dry
Chalk powder nail colourings dry in 2 minutes!!!!!!!!!!
Normally, when you do your nails, you would set some time aside to let it dry. Even when you do, there is a chance that it is not dry, which can create quite a mess. Drying in two minutes is revolutionary!! (^v^)
(3) Colour variation
These chalk powder nail polishes has a wide range of colours, varying from playful namings to Japanese experiences, including “Banana”, “Strawberry Milk”, and “Mint Ice-cream”. You can try the colours at the main store, so be sure to find a colour that you like.
Other than the chalk powder nail polishes, it has other cosmetics collaborations in Kyoto!
(1) Chalk Powder Soap
This is an organic soap made from chalk powder and white pearls. According to reviews, your face feels moist, and feels like you don’t need any beauty lotions after washing. It also gives you a clear-looking skin. This extravagant sense is great for a skincare product that 100% organic and handmade.
(2) Fall-in-love Pearl-skin Hand Cream
If you are worried about the dryness in the seasons, these flower-designed hand creams are just right for you. Choose your favourite flower or according to your birthday ♩
Ueba Esou’s main store can be found at Karasuma Takatsuji (5 min walk from Karasuma Shijo Station), which is a convenience when you are visiting and shopping in Kyoto.
(photos via gofun-nail.com )
So how was it? Kyoto is a city that is rich with culture and history, which allows one to enjoy the old and the new at the same time, be it if you’re visiting tourist sites, or if you’re shopping! There will always be a lovely encounter waiting for you here while shopping in Kyoto♩
With that, thank you for reading until then end! Bye bye!