Friday in showery Kyoto. First stop is the bank. No fun travelling without a pocketful of local currency. Next stop the big Kyoto Antique fair. 

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It looks more promising than it is. There are fewer kimono dealers and less of what I know is of interest to you all. But I managed to find some useful, colorful and beautiful kimono -- only half as many as last year.  

What i did not buy! 

What i did not buy! 

Two dealers make a practice of arranging their spaces with some aesthetic sensitivity. 

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But the items they show would, I fear, go unclaimed at Asiatica. The context is more saleable than the pieces. 

 

Then I did a quick overview at Takashimaya. The wooden bowl was light as a feather and had a beautiful gold dot. The price marked is about $125. Any orders? 

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These are the toilet instructions in the ladies room.  

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Then a walk home via my favorite coffee shop. Beethoven playing as an accompaniment. 

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Dinner tonight with 4 convivial dealer friends. 

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