-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
Naito store (内藤商店) has dealt in shuro (シュロ: palm) brooms and brushes since 1818 in Kyoto.
Standing in entertainment district, on Sanjo Street (三条通り) between the Kamo (鴨川) and Takase (高瀬川) River, the shop cut a conspicuous figure among modern buildings. The wooden old house shows that it’s a long-established store.
When my friend and I walked along the street last July, she spotted the shop and urged me to take a picture of it. She said, “It still survives because it’s in Kyoto." In Kyoto, more people would take care of their houses, furnishings and items in the same way that their ancestors did using the same types of household goods.
I didn’t know about the shop, but I recognized the goods were handmade at first sight. According to a guide book (Old Kyoto: a guide to traditional shops, restaurants, and inns) and New York Times, until the mid-1970's, all of the shuro brooms and brushes were made right here by Rikimatsu Naito, a fifth-generation broom maker. Now the shop sells the products made by handful craftsmen in Kyoto.
It seems that there are many fans of the shop and their goods across the country,other than specialized craftsmen who use them in their work. Some people stop at the shop and buy a handmade (last for a lifetime) push broom when visiting Kyoto, and the others get various cylindrical brushes for their many purposes.
It might be Kyoto magic that makes me find meaning in things excessively, but I feel life philosophies of the shopkeeper and users through the products.