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{from japan} shopping bits in kyoto...

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While in Kyoto, the shopping was certainly one of my favorite parts! Unfortunately, most shops aren't fans of tourists taking photos inside their store so I don't have any of those to share. So instead, I wanted to share some of the treats I brought home from my favorite shops in Kyoto.

After a couple days of walking, I soon realized a needed a backpack...and quick! I stumbled upon this awesome striped backpac {above} at Pual Ce Cin in an awesome part of Kyoto called Sakyo-ku where there are a ton of other great little design-y shops like Paul Smith, Mumokuteki, and Hara Donuts {on Gokomachi Street just below Rokkaku Street}.

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Not far from there, the Nishiki Market {a food market paradise} also has great furoshiki cloths, linens, and chopsticks which made for great gifts for me to bring back to the States for family and friends.

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I found some adorable and quirky things for kids at the Alphabet shop in Kityama.

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Finally, my favorite design store of the bunch...one that made my heart all aflutter...was Angers on the busy main street of Kawaramachi in Kyoto. A mix of home decor, stationery, and clothing...including amazing stationery from D-Bros {shown above and in the background of all of the photos above}, beautiful printed napkins and bamboo placecards {3rd photo}, and much more {which I didn't buy but wanted to!}.

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I found it very hard to find stores ahead of time due to the various English spellings on different maps, so most of these I stumbled upon by accident. However, I wanted to share some of my favorite streets where you are bound to find some great shopping {all highlighted in pink}.

Kawaramachi and Shijo are the main streets for shopping in downtown Kyoto. Here you'll find a mix of department stores {Muji, Loft, Takishimaya}, restaurants, touristy knick-knack shops, and more. You'll find lots more knick-knack type things {great for gifts to bring home to the States} in the Shinkyogoku and Teramachikyogoku Arcades {which are really like covered street malls, and not actual arcades}. Nishiki-Dori is a must and holds the Nishiki Food Market. Finally, my favorite two streets were Sanjo and Gokomachi which are tiny streets lined with great independant clothing and home decor boutiques.

{photos by Oh Joy. Please note the map is a rough sketch and only highlights my favorite streets. Use it in conjunction with a real map so you have a better understanding of what surrounds those streets.}

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