Kyoto is arguably one of the best places in Japan to appreciate the beauty of autumn. Japan’s western prefecture is full of lush natural sites of red maples and golden larches and even in the city of Kyoto itself there are temples and shrines hundreds of years old that constitute great backdrops to enjoy the beauty of fall.
A Kyoto-based jewelry maker takes these autumnal Kyoto charms and turns them into a line of beautifully made earrings. Labeled as “Kyoto Journey (京の旅)”, each piece was handcrafted by local artisans, and the designs depict different aspects of Kyoto. There are two types of earrings included in the collection: regular pierced earrings and the brand’s unique clip-on earrings, which have been designed not to fall out or get hurt when worn. .
For the first two items in the collection, their designs are based on traditional objects found in Kyoto (incense burners used in Kyoto’s wooden townhouses or Machiya, and wallpaper umbrellas carried by the geishas of Kyoto).
The other three, on the other hand, are inspired by nature: the yellow-green & orange piece represents the colors of dead leaves and pine cones in Kiyomizu in autumn, the golden earrings imitate the yellowing ginkgo leaves the along Horikawa-dori, while the final piece is inspired by fallen flowers drifting on water.
You can find the Kyoto Journey earrings on sale from October 8 on the JewelryKyoto website Online Store. They will also be available for purchase for those living outside of Japan.
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