Kyoto's Traditional 'obijime' Silk Cords Make Smooth Transition

Kyoto's traditional 'obijime' silk cords make smooth transitionWith its products going out of style and its future in doubt, a braiding studio here stuck with tradition--but added a twist.
Shoen Kumihimo, a “kumihimo” braiding studio that began business in 1948, now designs funky, hip and modern “obijime,” a decorative sash that accentuates the style of kimono. The company has also expanded to build an accessory brand reminiscent of the crafts and activities enjoyed by young girls.

Maple Trees Shine At Night In Kyoto's Eikando Temple

Maple trees shine at night in Kyoto's Eikando templeThousands of maple trees at Eikando Zenrinji temple, famed for their autumn color, glowed against the night sky during a test illumination Nov. 6.
Officials said 559 light fixtures were set up in the grounds of the temple in the city’s Sakyo Ward to light up the 3,000 or so maple trees, which have begun to turn red.