Couples taking wedding pictures in traditional style at the palace.
How funny is it that nature’s little season changing game can have one’s heart beating and going all “woo” and “ah” at some leaves. But aren’t we all creations by the nature after all?
We had a game to see who could spot the reddest leaf of them all! I was pretty sure I won the game. Because Shang was mostly busy taking pictures of me:)
A beautiful place to visit even on a grey day in the rain like we were. And I’m sure it’s even more interesting if you booked an appointment to visit the inside of the palace. (Booking link again: here )
Reluctant to leave the palace even when the rain really started to pour, we went to our friend’s father’s made to measure shop as she had prepared some little presents that we were going to pass on to her father. The shop was 5 minutes walk away from the palace, on
〒604-0981 京都府京都市中京区毘沙門町, so after some shielding from the rain, we could easily pop back to the palace if we wanted.
Mr. Shinya our friend’s father immediately recognised us, and I also recognised him at the same time as he was really just the male/handsomer version of my friend!(Hope she doesn’t mind this description) And man did he have STYLE!
The whole shop screamed European tailoring, Ralph Lauren, Savile Row kind of style. And turns out Mr Shinya was the buyer for the first Ralph Lauren in the most famous Japanese shopping mall. As he went to the back to prepare some coffee for was, I explored his shop with amazement. I mean, who could tell you were in Kyoto, and opposite of this massive traditional royal palace?
Mr. Shinya himself was also not the typical Japanese you’d imagine at all. He was sophisticated in style, yet funny and down-to-earth in character. He spoke plenty of English to have a pleasant conversation with(also rare in Japan). After some nice chat in the cosy, stylish room of his, Mr. Shinya raised an offer to do some measurements for us and make us each a shirt as presents! My first ever tailor made shirt, and he helped me choose everything from the collar, cuff, sleeves to the shape of my hemline(some style I never knew existed).. Now I can’t wait to see it, how exciting!