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I Long For Stationery In Kyoto


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Yes, it was my first time in Japan and Kyoto, and it was such a lovely place that it will not be the last.

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Sadly, you did not see Kyoto at her best. Stroms earlier this year have certainly left their mark. The number of points of interest under tarps for repair and rennivation exceed anything I have seen in past visits. Yesterday, the sounds of chainsaws were ever present at Fushimi Inari Jinjya. We walked under tori with tops smashed in that were supporting fallen trees with the aid of near by power lines. A number a recently broken tori were piled up here and there and the number of recently downed limbs and trees was shocking. Work crews were everywhere clearing out felled trees and limbs.

 

The mountain side behind Kiyomizu Dera was covered with tarps from under which the stones of the embankment and small shrines could be seen. Kiyomizu Dera itself was undergoing extensive rennovation, but this may have been planned before hand and have nothing to do with the storms. But the tell tale signs of storm damage were visible throughout much of the city.

 

Still a wonderful city to visit, but please return a few years later to see her in a better state.

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What a wonderful read! I have only been to Japan once to change planes, but I really want to spend more time there next time.

"Today will be gone in less than 24 hours. When it is gone, it is gone. Be wise, but enjoy! - anonymous today

 

 

 

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Deborah,

Until July, I was like you and had only been in Tokyo airports. It is worth staying a long while.

 

Tinjapan,

I was there only a couple of weeks after the floods. But the small bit I saw was breathtaking, and cannot imagine it being better. I will be back in 2020, and look forward to more of Kyoto then.

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lovely lovely words - "the fragrance of promise and hope..."

Beautiful post!

 

I hope to visit Japan, more for the stationary stores than anything else :)

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Have just spent 4 days in Kyoto as part of a 25 day Japan holiday. What a beautiful city. I’m trying to limit my spending, but it’s getting more difficult as time passes. Tokyo is my final destination and it’s looking expensive. As we are travelling with friends, and there’s so much to see, I can’t spend all day, everyday in pen shops. However, next time, my trip will be all pen/ink/paper and clothes related.

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Thank you, Newjelan and Burf. I hadnt seen your responses until today. Last summer I was back in Tokyo and spent a Saturday morning at Ozu Washi in the Nihonbashi area. It was as Tinjapan described, a place for amazing paper rather than office stationery items. Small stationery and washi stores ... in this case a paper museum, literally ... are such an oasis.

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I have read this post several times, and every time it is like a breath of fresh air.

 

I have no brick and mortar stores near me, so everything I must order online. I would love to just go into a store like TyLee's in Taipei, or one of the other amazing stationery stores and just spend time perusing. If my husband read that, he would laugh because I am not a person who likes to shop . . . except in special places for special things. Then, I want to take time to savor what is being offered.

 

Thank you again. I hope to make it to Tokyo sometime soon - at least make it out of the airport.

"Today will be gone in less than 24 hours. When it is gone, it is gone. Be wise, but enjoy! - anonymous today

 

 

 

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