Kyoto Re-visited: Raku, Kasuri and Kintsugi

Quirky doll store never seen by tourists in Kyoto

I loved my first visit to Kyoto, which was before the city’s famous Nishiki Market replaced artistic displays of incredible foods and high-end craft shops with plastic-wrapped produce and cheesy souvenir stands. It was before convenience stores were on every street corner, even in the city’s most historic neighborhoods. There were not so many tourists that you felt like a dumb tourist.  My first visit wasn’t in 1970. It was four years ago.

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Kyoto: Less is More and More is More

Kyoto is Japan’s cultural center and land of many temples.  Kyoto has a long history and was once Japan’s capital.  It feels relaxed compared to Tokyo but, like Tokyo, it is warm and polite, clean and safe, and attentive to some of the finer details.  Everything here is so visual! Traditional Japanese style says a lot with a little. Drama is presented with simple beauty and attention to detail. The message is there if you are paying attention.


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