Still Made By Hand: Artisans in Kyoto

The traditional crafts to seek out in the city.

Courtesy Sekisen
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Sekisen

Housed in a 120-year-old townhouse near Tatsumi Bridge, Sekisen is popular with collectors of antique bamboo, lotus leaf, and rattan baskets. (Prices range from $400 to $50,000.) Owner Michikazu Mizutani, a fifth-generation art dealer, is also an expert on regional design styles. “There are over 80 antique shops in this area, so we each do what we love best,” he says. His sons Yuichiro and Masaya sell antique painted scrolls in the shop’s back room. 36 Benzaiten-cho, Yamatooji-dori, Sanjo-Kudaru, Higashiyama-ku; sekisen-kyoto.com.