Mini Trip to Kyocera Museum of Art

Lately I’ve been a little bit sick (no it’s not corona) so I haven’t really been out and about…not that I’ve been keeping up with this blog anyway — I have plans to try and remedy that — but today I decided to leave my house!

Since miss coronavirus started, the opportunities to leave home have been few and far between. Not really due to a government quarantine or anything like that, but my job has gotten us to work from home, and I haven’t really been going anywhere else other than the supermarket that’s 6 minutes away (or even better the conbini that’s like half that). Today though, I decided almost on a whim to visit the kimono exhibition at the Kyocera Museum of Art (really, I booked it from the night before).

The gorgeous interior of Kyocera Museum of Art ( 京都市京セラ美術館 )

But…why? To that I say “why not?”(other than coronavirus).

A friend of mine mentioned that she went to a kimono exhibition at a museum in the city, and that the kimono basically were designed to represent every country. She had mentioned it a couple months ago, but I had clean forgotten all about it. When she talked about how gorgeous all the kimono were(especially the one from her country), I was like “I have to go see it” so I decided to go today. That’s the story, not so interesting maybe, but the kimono were breathtaking!

Copyright Kyocera Museum of Art

There were so many beautiful designs that I just had to take photos as soon as I saw them. Here’s just a few of the kimono designs for my beloved readers. My boyfriend and I were quite…intrigued…by Spain to say the least!

The designers for the most part did a wonderful job, especially when it came to incorporating floral designs (one of the things I think kimono artisans do exceptionally well). I thoroughly enjoyed basking in the glow of those beauties.

Parting was such sad sweet sorrow

And just as nice as the kimono, we found this interesting little cafe after leaving the museum. Or maybe I should say bar? It was this cafe-bar hybrid on Higashiyama Street.

Unfortunately, they didn’t have any cakes left by the time we got there so I just had tea, but the environment was so nostalgic and the service was great. Apparently it’s the cafe of the hotel there, but no matter, I enjoyed it all the same.

Watching the world go by like a true Flaneur

I’m not much of a coffee drinker (don’t shoot me), but I did have some Rooibos tea, brought out to me in my very own tea pot. The decor was very industrial and clean, sort of a typical fancy Japanese thing, but I quite like that sort of look. I dunno, it has its place I’d like to say, or maybe I’m just really into clean lines. The menu also had drip coffee (of course), matcha lattes, and a neat little selection of teas (earl grey, and the like), but I had a hankering for the Rooibos myself.

My very own teapot!

I truly think I’m very into Rooibos orange tea. It’s not as hard to drink as some other teas I’ve had, like maybe matcha or a regular black tea, and it had a lovely aroma of orange with a faint after note of vanilla (no I don’t know what I’m talking about but it does smell like that). I think I’d like to get some more of that tea another time.

Thanks for being around for my ramblings! I’ve quite forgotten the name of that little cafe, but who can blame me? It’s a quiet little experience I just thought to share (I’ll try to remember the next cafe!)


Your faithfully, floundering flaneur

Published by The Floundering Flaneur

A 29 year old illustrator and stopmotion animator from Jamaica, currently living and working in Kyoto(and Osaka), Japan.

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