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Pagong and Paris Collection

Pagong and Paris Collection

Pagong collaborated with fashion designer Ji Haye for her spring/summer 2011 haute couture show for Yumi Katsura. Michael: So you are back from Paris, what do you think? Kameda-san: Yes, I just got back to Kyoto and the fashion show was a very moving experience, so, so exciting and I feel great appreciation and gratitude …

Kyoto Daimonji Viewing Party at Hirosawa Pond

Kyoto Daimonji Viewing Party at Hirosawa Pond

Daimonji, or properly, Gozan-no-Okuribi is a very fascinating and unique ceremonial event that occurs every August 16 in Kyoto. Five mountain sides around the city, with six Chinese character and pictogram shaped bonfires are burned. This happens at the end of the Bon Festival and the fires are intended to send off the spirits of …

Kyoto’s Gojo-Zaka Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Festival

Kyoto’s Gojo-Zaka Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Festival

This annual street market offers hundreds of pottery stores and stalls. Kyoto-style pottery is available at big discounts. Off the main street some pottery workshops are open their doors and you can meet and chat with the potters and see how Kyoto pottery is made. Kiyomizu Yaki is the famous pottery of the ancient capital. …

Beautifully Frightening: Kyoto Aloha Shirt Marker Pagong’s Haunted House PR Coup

Beautifully Frightening: Kyoto Aloha Shirt Marker Pagong’s Haunted House PR Coup

Why go to a haunted house in the summer? According to Japanese culture, there is a good reason. Recently a client from Walt Disney Imagineering was in town that is very interested in Japanese ghosts and haunted houses in general. He was in luck because there is a new haunted house in Kyoto. It is …

Kyoto Kitayama Sugi ‘Meiboku’ Hand Carved Chopsticks

Kyoto Kitayama Sugi ‘Meiboku’ Hand Carved Chopsticks

Yesterday I was back up in Kitayama, the North Mountains of Kyoto, working on my new ‘lumberjack’ project. My associate took me to meet an 8th generation ‘lumberjack’ that produces logs that sell for about $20,000! Kitayama is famous for these cedar wood logs that are used for the tokonoma decorative alcove in traditional Japanese …

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