Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, may be well known for its grand old temples and stately imperial villas, but one long-time resident decided to shine the spotlight on the beauty of the city's more humble architecture.

About a year ago, photographer and founder of Kyoto Journal magazine, John Einarsen, began shooting an Instagram series called "Small Buildings of Kyoto" on his iPhone during his daily bicycle journeys around town. He has since taken over 200 images of homes, businesses, workshops, as well as the odd neighborhood shrine and teahouse -- each one brimming with personality and charm. We told him we really ought to compile a book out of some of these photos. And that's just what he did.

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#1 Red Roses On A Gray Day

Red Roses On A Gray Day

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Cat Meow 1 year ago

As someone who doesn't like roses, I find this rather beautiful.

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#2 Home On Big Street

Home On Big Street

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Jahnabi 1 year ago

woww. It doesn't need to have a big house bt a small one where there's love for you 😍💝

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#3 Small Clothing Shop In Traditional Home

Small Clothing Shop In Traditional Home

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Christina Waide 1 year ago

Beautiful.

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#4 Cut Salon Nagahara

Cut Salon Nagahara

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Jahnabi 1 year ago

shape is interesting and the color given to it makes it illuminating😍👍

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#5 Odds-And-Ends Carpenter On Horikawa St

Odds-And-Ends Carpenter On Horikawa St

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Christina Waide 1 year ago

This kind of looks sad to me.

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#6 Kyoto Tsukemono (Pickle) Shop

Kyoto Tsukemono (Pickle) Shop

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Pemberton 1 year ago

It looks like doll-house size.

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#7 Neighborhood Jizo Shrine With Cd To Keep Away The Crows

Neighborhood Jizo Shrine With Cd To Keep Away The Crows

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#8 Aji-No-Tatehara Is Popular For Their Croquettes (West Of Kyoto Station)

Aji-No-Tatehara Is Popular For Their Croquettes (West Of Kyoto Station)

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#9 Airing Out Futon

Airing Out Futon

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Vivien Someya 1 year ago

I still sleep on Japanese futon. Very comfortable.

#10 Blue Cut House

Blue Cut House

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Pemberton 1 year ago

What's the thing above the entrance?

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