✿ Hidden El Dorado in deep Kyoto
Yusuke started his Kimono design when he was 18 years old. He was born in a legendary family of gold glazing-KINSAI- of Yuzen dyeing in Kyoto. Since he was the third son, he originally did not plan to be involved in this family art technic, which usually comes down from father to only to the first son. When his father suggested Yusuke to join in his work, Yusuke was a little puzzled, but eventually decided following the long ruts of the history. KINSAI is the last step of Kimono producing among more than 10 steps of its process. This final work is as if the departure liqueur is added in the best bottle of champagne. Gold is carefully provided dramatically on Kimono textile to create its perfect beauty. It is very delicate and time-consuming work to do. Yusuke is working as a Kimono designer as well as a lecturer of teaching the basics of KINSAI to university students and visitors to Kyoto to keep the tradition of Kyo Yuzen, especially KINSAI. When you visit Kyoto, you can try to make a coaster or tablecloth by using this KINSAI technic with Yusuke’s kind guidance. It is amazing to see how the simple cloth will become gorgeous with patterns of gold. Yusuke is also a good conversationalist to entertain you as well as let you know about the real Kyoto culture.
KINSAI is not the only feature when you visit Motohashi’s place. Does your skin keep the best condition? Wouldn’t you try Kyoto traditional style esthetic usuing pure gold? Skin usually shows who you are and how busy you might be. Yes, your skin also needs a special holiday.
When you meet Keiko, Yusuke’s partner, you must understand she is the right person to leave your skin. Keiko has been working as a specialist for more than 30 years. The secret of Keiko’s esthetic is Zen way of gentle approach to make you relaxed from the bottom of your heart. Believe me, you will be satisfied by taking time for it while your husband is making your coaster with Yusuke. The ultimate treatment which Keiko provides you is the skin as Maiko, you know, an apprentice Geisha or Geiko more properly. If it goes well, you might decide to stay in Kyoto and start your new career in Gion as a result. Keiko takes care not only your skin but your mind with her professionalism. Please spare time for this luxurious time in Kyoto.
Yusuke & Keiko are waiting for your visit with archaic smiles near Ryoan-ji temple.