2020 in Review: The Year for Koto

It's December, and 2020 is almost over. We're based in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, and it's getting cold here now. Is it cold where you live too?

It's become a cliche for brands to state that "2020 has been a challenging year for people around the world." Still, it's also true, and we at Koto want you to know that we certainly don't take your patronage for granted.

In the summer, we had a photoshoot near Kiyomizu-Dera, one of Kyoto's most iconic temples.



You may have seen this street before. It's all over the likes of Instagram and is one of the best-known scenes for Kyoto.

If you've ever visited, you will know that this street is usually full of tourists. So, we had to get here as early as possible in the morning before the shops opened for our photoshoot.



This photo session was only possible at this time when no one was there.



Fortunately, we were able to take all the shots we needed without causing any inconvenience to anyone.

In the months since, the photos and videos we took gradually started showing up throughout our website and social media. It was definitely time well spent.

The world is full of so many beautiful and amazing places. Kyoto is undoubtedly one of them. As you browse our online store, we hope that you can feel just a little of Kyoto's unique charm.

In any case, we thank you for being part of this journey for us and wish you all the best in 2021. Stay tuned as we plan on bringing you more glimpses into modern Japan's fusion of traditional and contemporary designs.

Your Friends,

The Koto Kyoto Team