Once a month, there is a flea market bazaar at the University of Kyoto, Chionji Temple.
Wouldn't you know that I was there on the day that it was happening (15th of every month). Lucky us that my DH discovered this gem.
There are all sorts of goodies there that are hand made by local artists. It is a craft extravaganza really. My biggest issue was that most of the items for sale are tough to travel with.
My favorite storefront was Conasyuu & Ribbon where small sewing items along with decorative pin toppers were sold. Soooo super cute! "Kawaii" in Japanese. Below:
There were hand spun yarn balls. They all looked like single ply yarns, so I didn't pick up any but they were beautiful and the proprietor was spinning yarn there in the booth. Below:
I could not visualize a way to fit one of these adorable chairs into my luggage, so I didn't purchase one, but there are many teddy bears in my home that would shed a tear over this. Below:
After we left Kyoto, we took a bullet train to Tokyo and the rest of our adventure was there. Many super cool quilty hang outs there as well. I'll cover those in an upcoming post. As I depart from the topic of Kyoto, all can really say is - how soon do I get to go back?
A parting snapshot my husband took of me in the gardens on Heian Shrine, Kyoto. I think this was my favorite spot on the trip.