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Shikama Fine Arts: A Treasure Box in the Middle of Kyoto

Written on March 29, 2012

I’ve written about Shikama Fine Arts on this blog before, but I’m compelled to do it again: each time I visit I am impressed by Nao Shikama’s exquisite selection of antique objects and his rich knowledge of the pieces he so carefully presents.Shikama Fine Arts is located in the heart of Kyoto and is easy to find.  It’s open Thursdays through Sundays, 12 – 6 PM.   Shikama san is fluent in Japanese and English so don’t hesitate to stop by and explore–and be prepared to be drawn in to this beautifully curated world of wondrous things.  

There is always an extremely intelligent and curious mix of Japanese and European antique objects and ceramics on view–and make a point to ask questions about items that intrigue you. 

If you’re in Kyoto here’s one way to find Shikama Fine Arts: enter Teramachi dori at Oike dori, and walk south into the arcade.  One “block” down from Oike dori, take a right (the famous paper and incense shop Kyukyodo is on this corner) and continue straight for 3 blocks.  Shikama Fine Arts is on the south side of the street (and right around the corner from the famous Tawaraya ryokan.)

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