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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Red Roses On A Gray Day

Red Roses On A Gray Day

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Cat Meow 2 years 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 2 years 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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Small Clothing Shop In Traditional Home

Small Clothing Shop In Traditional Home

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Christina Waide 2 years ago

Beautiful.

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#4

Cut Salon Nagahara

Cut Salon Nagahara

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Jahnabi 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

I still sleep on Japanese futon. Very comfortable.

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Blue Cut House

Blue Cut House

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Pemberton 2 years ago

What's the thing above the entrance?

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Shop Front

Shop Front

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Bobby Clemente 2 years ago

Like the door and the big window!

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#12

House With Hydrangeas

House With Hydrangeas

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#13

Kotobuki Industries

Kotobuki Industries

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Rebekah 2 years ago

Industries? Fabulous.

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#14

Hair Salon Yamashita

Hair Salon Yamashita

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Andrew Gibb 2 years ago

Looks a bit like Bender from futurama

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Corner Garden

Corner Garden

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Potted Plants

Potted Plants

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Esperanto Hall, The Place You Can Speak Esperanto In Kyoto

Esperanto Hall, The Place You Can Speak Esperanto In Kyoto

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Rebekah 2 years ago

What are the fans? Are they AC units?

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#18

Chiffon Cake Cafe And Wedding Dress Shop

Chiffon Cake Cafe And Wedding Dress Shop

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Pemberton 2 years ago

It seems becoming fashionable to turn old Japanese houses into a cafe.

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Shimadai Gallery On Oike St

Shimadai Gallery On Oike St

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Pemberton 2 years ago

It'd be perfect if there was a geisha in front of the building.

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Traditional-Modern

Traditional-Modern

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Rebekah 2 years ago

Loving that window.

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#21

Garden Of Potted Plants

Garden Of Potted Plants

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Ana T. 2 years ago

in mexico people too in citys had potted plants sometimes in recycle containers like fruit tin cans or broken buckets

#22

Traditional Japanese Sweet Shop. They Must Have Two Boys Because Of The Two Koi-Nobori

Traditional Japanese Sweet Shop. They Must Have Two Boys Because Of The Two Koi-Nobori

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Closed Tobacco Stand

Closed Tobacco Stand

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#24

Retro Kissaten Coffee Pocket With Matching Bike

Retro Kissaten Coffee Pocket With Matching Bike

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Pemberton 2 years ago

Looks like a scene from a Ghibli movie or Shinkai movie.

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Urban Architecture

Urban Architecture

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Bina Acharya 2 years ago

i wonder is that a big slide?? :)

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#26

Rain Is Coming

Rain Is Coming

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Bina Acharya 2 years ago

kinda anime scene :)

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Kissa Apuriko

Kissa Apuriko

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Ged Maybury 2 years ago

'Apuriko'? (I read it twice on the awning - THEN looked at the title.) I believe it's a small clothing chain.

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Guesthouse Cafe With Pictures Of Audrey Hepburn Taped To Windows Of The Sliding Doors

Guesthouse Cafe With Pictures Of Audrey Hepburn Taped To Windows Of The Sliding Doors

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Bobby Clemente 2 years ago

Jpnse adore Audrey!

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Cute Small Building

Cute Small Building

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Milena Matic 2 years ago

I like that the zebra crossing leads to the front door ...

#30

Trash Day

Trash Day

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Deborah R. 2 years ago

That house looks very Western to me -- esp the design of the door and windows. But charming nonetheless.

#31

Maiko Antiques

Maiko Antiques

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Fatihatul Muali 2 years ago

And that black cat..

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#32

Mobus, God Loves You, Mr. Hedgie

Mobus, God Loves You, Mr. Hedgie

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Fatihatul Muali 2 years ago

So, it's a cafe?

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Arai Tofu-Ten, The Neighborhood Tofu Shop

Arai Tofu-Ten, The Neighborhood Tofu Shop

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Milena Matic 2 years ago

I notice pots and pots of plants everywhere... very nice ... where I am from, someone would have already broken them or stole them, or the dogs would pee on them....

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#34

Ikebana Tools Kanetaka

Ikebana Tools Kanetaka

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Aunt Messy 2 years ago

That is a GORGEOUS shop. I could have spent a whole lot of money there. The tools are amazing and the quality is better than anything I've ever seen.

#35

Corner Newsstand Near Ginkakuji Temple

Corner Newsstand Near Ginkakuji Temple

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#36

Satellite Dishes On The This Boutique Look Like Mickey Mouse Ears; And Look At That Noren On The Right!

Satellite Dishes On The This Boutique Look Like Mickey Mouse Ears; And Look At That Noren On The Right!

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Bobby Clemente 2 years ago

You have to be quite tall for that noren, LOL.

#37

Interesting Doorway

Interesting Doorway

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Gray House

Gray House

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#39

Onigiriya-San

Onigiriya-San

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Bobby Clemente 2 years ago

Onigiri FTW esp sea chicken, kombu, and umeboshi!

#40

Friends Of Machiya

Friends Of Machiya

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#41

Cute Neighborhood Electric Shop

Cute Neighborhood Electric Shop

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Pemberton 2 years ago

Isn't Fujiya a name of a cake shop?

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#42

House With Sudare On Second Floor To Block Strong South Sun

House With Sudare On Second Floor To Block Strong South Sun

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#43

Hirata Meat Shop

Hirata Meat Shop

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#44

Store Front

Store Front

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#45

Defunct Rubber Boot Shop Kobeya, Which Was The #1 Cheapest In Japan!

Defunct Rubber Boot Shop Kobeya, Which Was The #1 Cheapest In Japan!

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#46

Blue And Orange Curtains

Blue And Orange Curtains

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Pudingovina 2 years ago

Maybe they are a Portal fans! :)

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Royal

Royal

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Coffee Shop Mitsuwa On 7th Ave

Coffee Shop Mitsuwa On 7th Ave

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TC 2 years ago

I wouldn't have a coffee in there...

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