Photographer Captures Small Yet Utterly Delightful Buildings In Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, may be well known for its grand old temples and stately imperial villas, but one long-time resident decided to shine the spotlight on the beauty of the city’s more humble architecture.
About a year ago, photographer and founder of Kyoto Journal magazine, John Einarsen, began shooting an Instagram series called “Small Buildings of Kyoto” on his iPhone during his daily bicycle journeys around town. He has since taken over 200 images of homes, businesses, workshops, as well as the odd neighborhood shrine and teahouse — each one brimming with personality and charm. We told him we really ought to compile a book out of some of these photos. And that’s just what he did.

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1 Red Roses On A Gray Day


2 Home On Big Street


3 Small Clothing Shop In Traditional Home


4 Cut Salon Nagahara


5 Odds-And-Ends Carpenter On Horikawa St


6 Kyoto Tsukemono (Pickle) Shop


7 Neighborhood Jizo Shrine With Cd To Keep Away The Crows


8 Aji-No-Tatehara Is Popular For Their Croquettes (West Of Kyoto Station)


9 Airing Out Futon


10 Blue Cut House


11 Shop Front


12 House With Hydrangeas


13 Kotobuki Industries


14 Hair Salon Yamashita


15 Corner Garden


16 Potted Plants


17 Esperanto Hall, The Place You Can Speak Esperanto In Kyoto


18 Chiffon Cake Cafe And Wedding Dress Shop


19 Shimadai Gallery On Oike St


20 Traditional-Modern


21 Garden Of Potted Plants


22 Traditional Japanese Sweet Shop. They Must Have Two Boys Because Of The Two Koi-Nobori


23 Closed Tobacco Stand


24 Retro Kissaten Coffee Pocket With Matching Bike


#25 Urban Architecture


26 Rain Is Coming


27 Kissa Apuriko


28 Guesthouse Cafe With Pictures Of Audrey Hepburn Taped To Windows Of The Sliding Doors


29 Cute Small Building


30 Trash Day

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