Friday, July 9, 2010


Happiness, for me, is instilled by being in the presence of books. Adding art, music, community and charm, might just turn the happiness into pure rapturous delight; and Keibunsha is just that! Stocked with unique books, stationery, art, handcrafts, clothing, music, and interesting zakka (雑貨) enclosed in a charming and nostalgic nook of a building that is illuminated by all fashion of lamps seemly powered by magic as much as electricity. Zakka, for those not familiar with the term, is a fashion and design phenomenon that is embodied by the phrase: seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane; which is a phrase that suits the whole store. Meandering through the three rooms with their dark wooden shelves full of all manner of treasures, or visiting the art gallery space at the back of the store is almost like being in another world. Keibunsha is located in Sakyo-ku, a residential area of Kyōto slightly outside from the center of town.


  1. thanks for telling me about this place, next time I'm in Kyoto, I'm checking it out!

  2. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Oh, and have a great time in Hawaii - rain free and trade winds blowing.