Rolls of cloth in the workshop of doll-maker Tadahiko Ando. Made only with silk from Kyoto’s famous nishijin district, Ando dolls are considered the best in Japan.
Held on the 21st of every month, the flea market at Toji temple has been drawing crowds for hundreds of years. Here you’ll find traditional handicrafts, cut-price hardware, greasy yatai snacks and of course, every imaginable kind of junk.
Recently I was granted the incredible privilege of meeting and interviewing master kimono dyer Tabata Kihachi at his studio in Marutamachi. Look out for the article in the April issue of Kansai Scene!