The second piece from my ongoing “Tokyo Storefronts” watercolour illustration series. This time, to make some contrast with the previous, really colourful meat shop I chose a little bit more industrial building.
It is the (former) TSURUYA tailors in Jinbōchō district now a cute antiques and variety shop.
The top round sign - a trademark of this shop was unfortunately already taken down when I got there to take some photos so I had to add it using some old photos I found in the Internet. On one of the photos there was a small chair in front of the shop’s entrance - so peculiar I couldn’t ignore it.
Medium: HOLBEIN Waterford white 300g/m cotton paper
Lines: COPIC Multiliner SP 0.7mm
Colours: My watercolours set explained HERE, golden acrylics
We haven’t had these guys on the website yet, but this is the 2nd landing of the most excellent Craftholic alien squad from outer space. Their gentle kindness and understanding personalities cannot be dismissed. Their huggability rating is extremely high. We recommend a stop to the shop if you’re in the area to make friends immediately.
Here’s my favorite shop along the street near the Kiyomizu-michi bus stop in Kyoto. The shop name is KYO-TOH-TO.（京東都）
Their products are all designed and produced by Japanese, genuinely made in Japan. When I visited there a few days ago, most of their things were New Year celebration themed.(you know we traditionally don’t celebrate Christmas in Japan, and the New Year Day is most important of a year, so it’s pretty natural they skip Christmas related designs even in late November;)
Red & White is the typical color combination of celebration for us.
There were some Mt.Fuji themed stuff, too, which I was very much fascinated.
Also, they have many cat themed small stuffs. All the cat designs are from Japanese ancient Ukiyoe paintings from Edo era. Very nice:)