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.


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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 5 months 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 5 months 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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#4 Cut Salon Nagahara

Cut Salon Nagahara

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Jahnabi 5 months ago

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

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#6 Kyoto Tsukemono (Pickle) Shop

Kyoto Tsukemono (Pickle) Shop

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Pemberton 5 months ago

It looks like doll-house size.

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#9 Airing Out Futon

Airing Out Futon

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Vivien Someya 5 months ago

I still sleep on Japanese futon. Very comfortable.

#10 Blue Cut House

Blue Cut House

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Pemberton 5 months ago

What's the thing above the entrance?

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