Friday, January 1, 2016

Kyoto Craft Museum

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Craft

I am interested in visiting this museum because Kyoto is one of the most important centers of traditional Japanese crafts. Once the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto became the benchmark quality standards for the arts and crafts of Japan today. Now various examples of craft that we can know by visiting this museum.

From the bus stop Ginkakuji-Michi, we can take a bus number 32 go down at the bus stop Bijutsukan Kyoto Kaikan (Heian-Jingu) Mae or off at the stop number 100 Bijutsukan Kyoto Kaikan Mae continued to walk about 300 meters to the museum.

Fureaikan located in the basement of the Kyoto International Exhibition Hall "Miyako Messe". Admission is free and open from 9 to 17:00. Once inside we are greeted three permanent exhibition hall featuring about 77 kinds of traditional craft follows the weave. Through video they explain the techniques used so that we can know the complexity of manufacturing Kimono Yuzen and Nishijin Ori woven fabric or manufacture of the famous Kiyomizu pottery (worth the exorbitant price). In addition to the showroom remains, there is also the name Event Room where craft fairs, demonstrations and workshops are often held. The events were held was not boring because it keeps changing every month and mostly free.

One example of an interesting event is Maiko's Traditional Dance is held every Sunday. Usually to see a Maiko (Geisha candidate) dance we have to spend enough minimum of 3150 yen (approximately Rp. 375,000) in the Gion Corner. But here the show free of charge and even then in addition to seeing him her dance, we will also be given additional knowledge about the ins and outs of kimono and accessories.

The museum is also open Surigata Yuzein craft classes, ie Kyoto fabric dyeing techniques. Classes that lasted for approximately 45 minutes this will give lessons on techniques that can instantly Surigata Yuzein practiced by the participants and delightful results can practically take home. Participants can choose to paint in a small handkerchief (600 yen) or bag (1500 yen). A visit to this museum I highly recommend especially for those who like handicrafts and before coming here first check what events are taking place.

Nishiki Market
Nishiki Market

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Craft, I plan to explore Nishiki Market earlier than Gion considering that most of the stalls there closed at 5 pm. This market can be reached by bus no. 32 and 46 of the Kyoto Kaikan stop Bijutsukan (Heian-Jingu) Mae or bus no. 5 of stops Kyoto Kaikan Mae Bijutsukan all of which pass through stop Shijo Takakura which is the nearest stop to the Nishiki Market. Shijo Takakura is located right in front of Daimaru Dept. Store the section beside it Takakura Dori street which leads to Nishiki Market.

Nishiki Market is arguably as "The Most Iconic Market" in Kyoto where the materials on display fresh foods as jewels in a jewelry store. Market which extends approximately 400 meters from the road towards Teramachi Dori Takakura Dori has a long history as the oldest market in Kyoto. In the Edo period (around the 16th century) this market into a fish market before moving into the grocery market as it is today. At the time of entry into this market do not envisage a muddy market and stench, otherwise all neatly with smells and sights tempting. Some stores provide food samples for diicipi but as a warning written on the website do not taste the food in excess and most importantly do not stand in the middle of the road because the road was narrow.

Some stall that stole my attention include: Konnamonja (stall no. 50), which sells donuts fried Tofu dry brown and delicious eaten hot. Kimura (stall no. 43) is said to be the oldest in Nishiki stand (stand was founded in 1620) that sell satay seafood such as fish, squid, cuttlefish until scallops. Stand this may be the only one in Nishiki are labeled in English on stuff.

One of my favorite stand is Uchida (stall no. 109), which sells an assortment of pickled cucumber pickles not only but also radishes, eggplant, lotus root essentially all kinds of vegetables can be marinated definitely sold here. For fans of mochi cakes here are Mochitsukiya (stall 99) that specialized in selling mochi cakes with different shapes and flavors. The latter is no Miki Keiran (stall no. 31) specialist sellers of Japanese omelette, really exciting seeing action seller stirring, filling and roll up their eggs. Chef expert can make 4 omelets at once, while I, the only possible Hirst

Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine temple
This exciting market ended in Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine temple, a small temple that had been built in this area to provide good luck for traders and buyers Nishiki. To check what is sold in Nishiki can be found on the official website here.

Did not feel it was late Maghrib when we come out of this market. Although already tasted Donat Tofu in Nishiki and Tastings various food sample, still stomach started growling. Incidentally in this area there is a department store Takashimaya (see map location Nishiki Market above) so we could have lunch very late in depachika