Since September 2015, photographer and founder of Kyoto Journal magazine, John Einarsen, began shooting the small buildings in the city of Kyoto and shared them on the Instagram. The buildings are so humble, captivating and unique.
The photographic series called ‘Small Buildings of Kyoto‘ was originated from two of Einarsen’s earlier projects, the Realm of Bicycle which documented bicycles found while commuting in the city of Kyoto and his photography experience in capturing the facade of narrow dwellings in the old Hoan Kiem quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam.
Einarsen has been using iPhone to capture the delightful architectures which include houses, shops or offices, teahouses as well as the neighborhood shrine, each brimming with personality and charm.
The collection has been compiled into a book and has successfully raised $17,685 on Indiegogo. The books are already sold out as well and the team is now planning for a reprint and expansion of the project. For the moment, they are offering a Christmas special of the hand-bound limited edition of Small Buildings of Kyoto here.
1. Blue Cut House
2. Red Roses On A Gray Day
3. Cut Salon Nagahara
4. Aji-No-Tatehara Is Popular For Their Croquettes (West Of Kyoto Station)
5. Home On Big Street
6. Shop Front
7. House With Hydrangeas
8. Small Clothing Shop In Traditional Home
9. Airing Out Futon
10. Odds-And-Ends Carpenter On Horikawa Street
11. Kyoto Tsukemono (Pickle) Shop
12. Neighborhood Jizo Shrine With Cd To Keep Away The Crows
13. Kotobuki Industries
14. Corner Garden
15. Esperanto Hall, The Place You Can Speak Esperanto In Kyoto
16. Shimadai Gallery On Oike Street
17. Traditional Japanese Sweet Shop. They Must Have Two Boys Because Of The Two Koi-Nobori
18. Rain Is Coming
20. Hair Salon Yamashita
21. Kissa Apuriko
22. Cute Small Building
23. Potted Plants
24. Maiko Antiques
25. Chiffon Cake Cafe And Wedding Dress Shop
26. Trash Day
27. Ikebana Tools Kanetaka
28. Satellite Dishes On The This Boutique Look Like Mickey Mouse Ears; And Look At That Noren On The Right!
29. Mobus, God Loves You, Mr. Hedgie
30. Garden Of Potted Plants
31. Guesthouse Cafe With Pictures Of Audrey Hepburn Taped To Windows Of The Sliding Doors
32. Corner Newsstand Near Ginkakuji Temple
33. Interesting Doorway
35. Closed Tobacco Stand
36. Arai Tofu-Ten, The Neighborhood Tofu Shop
37. Gray House
38. Coffee Shop Mitsuwa On 7th Ave
39. Friends Of Machiya
40. Retro Kissaten Coffee Pocket With Matching Bike
41. Blue And Orange Curtains
42. Hirata Meat Shop
43. Store Front
44. Cute Neighborhood Electric Shop
45. Defunct Rubber Boot Shop Kobeya, Which Was The #1 Cheapest In Japan!
47. House With Sudare On Second Floor To Block Strong South Sun
48. Urban Architecture
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