This woman was selling her handmade clay figures out of a shop in the front room of her home.
A typical retail store in Kyoto.
Sign in a fashion store window.
Pottery store in Kyoto suburb.
Pots for sale in pottery store.
The potter and shopkeeper beautifully wrapping a sold pot in his store.
This store sold only locally-handmade silk items –everything from small bags to their specialty–tiny silk stuffed silk characters that were strung in themes. They were all perfectly made and charming.
More items on display in the handmade silk store.
Hand-carved garden statuary leaning outside the workshop/store.
Japan is full of cool things to buy. Everywhere you travel the stores are beautiful to look at and usually specialize in a single thing or a single style. Outside Tokyo there are more small retail stores set up in homes along the street. And everywhere in Japan, the packaging is all important. Even the smallest item is carefully, beautifully wrapped and put in a separate bag. The wrapping ceremony is very important in the buying process and can’t be rushed!