In Kyoto, people have a high awareness of traditions, compared with other cities in Japan. As a result, Kyoto preserves many treasures of ancient Japanese culture, traditional crafts, historical architecture, and natural scenery. Because Kyoto residents cherish their cultural heritage and landscapes, there are many rules respecting traditions. But this is just one of Kyoto’s many charms.

Now, these traditions are producing many new crafts and cultural innovations. Some up-and-coming artisans describe their careers as “more than a thousand years old.” They know that their work depends on a history of accumulated efforts, and they never forget to acknowledge the ingenuity of their predecessors.