Updates from En out and about (in English and 日本語)
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Yojiya Minature Set
While at Tokyo Hands, I happened upon a Kyoto-themed miniature set from a collection called, "Kyoto ni Koishiteiru" ("I Love Kyoto") by the miniature company Re-Ment. Re-Ment carries many miniatures("puchi petites"), including ones of products from cosmetics companies like Anna Sui and Stila. When you buy miniature sets (individually), you cannot actually choose the set you want from the collection. Not knowing what set you bought until you open the box is part of the fun. I was hoping for the Japanese Sweets set or the Pleased to Meet You maiko set but I was pleasantly surprised with the Japanese Cosmetics set, which is actually based on Yojiya Cosmetics.
Yojiya is a well-known, traditional Japanese-style make up and skincare company based in Kyoto. It was founded over a century ago and their first product, which happens to be their most popular product, was oil-blotting paper. (You can read more about the company's history at on their web page.) Yojiya's main store is always full of tourists looking for gifts to take home to their friends. I once received oil-blotting paper and a cute mirror from Yojiya as a gift and I highly recommend their products if you are looking for Japanese or Kyoto-specific souvenirs. I cannot comment on the quality of the products because I've only regularly used the blotting paper and don't remember testing out their other products, but the craftsmanship of their tools is excellent and part of Yojiya's appeal is their traditional Japanese packaging. They have several locations in Kyoto, some conveniently located next to popular tourists spots (Kinkakuji, Gion). However, the only locations outside Tokyo are the Haneda, Narita, and Kansai airport. You can also purchase their products through catalog or the internet.