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A Friendly Face in Nishijin

A Friendly Face in Nishijin

I found this guy perched on one roof whilst wandering around my neighbourhood of Nishijin. He is a Shoki-san: a full-bellied, sword-wielding demon-queller god originating from Tang China. Shoki figures are particularly unique to Kyoto. It is said the custom of placing Shoki-san on roofs started in the Edo Period. The story goes that a …

Kyoto Architecture: Kiyomizu Yaki Glazed Ceramic Block Kura Storehouse

Kyoto Architecture: Kiyomizu Yaki Glazed Ceramic Block Kura Storehouse

After visiting the Kawai Kanjiro’s House (the home and studio museum of the late and very great Kyoto potter), I noticed this very interesting kura around the corner on Gojo Street. A kura is a traditional Japanese storehouse. Usually they were made of very thick earthen walls and in the event that the wood and …

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