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    Antique Yanagi Takashi

    A Japanese antique store started by Takashi Yanagi, the pioneer of Japanese antique concept

    The store’s sign was made by Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972), the Nobel Prize author, and the sign bearing the family name by Hideo Kobayashi (1902-1983), the famous writer and art connoisseur.  The founder of this shop, Takashi Yanagi, was known for his incredible eye for art which was often respectfully called “superb inspiration and sensitivity” by many people in the art world.  He appraised a number of Japanese antiques in the 1950s and 60s and induced the international world to acknowledge their value.  Some of the items he assessed were designated as National Treasures in later years.  Even today, Yanagi is legendary in the modern Japanese antique world.  The present shop owner, Koji Yanagi, has inherited Takashi’s sense.  A number of valuable antiques, from the Kofun period (3rd-6th century) to the Edo period (1600-1868) are displayed in the store.  Particularly, the tea ceremony utensils from the Momoyama to Edo period are matchless.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,May issue,2012

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    Name Antique Yanagi Takashi
    Address 195 Nishino-cho, Yamato-oji-dori Shinmonzen-agaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-551-1284
    Hours 9:00-18:00
    Closed Sun.
    Resevation Recommended to contact before visiting.
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