Cotoha: a Plant Shop in Kyoto
We can't remember exactly how we learned of it's existence but we're very glad that we did. Cotoha is a plant shop in Kyoto and it's the stuff of dreams. Plant shops are always interesting to us even though we haven't bought any new plants in what feels like forever (Christmas trees don't count!) but we like them because they're usually really great places to learn about how people incorporate nature into their everyday lives. We love interior design that blends the natural and manmade worlds and plant shops, much like greenhouses, are really great spaces to see that demonstrated in simple form. The very nature (sorry!) of the product means that they're usually rich in window light, which makes photographers like us very happy.
An abundance of deep green leaves, beds of moss and concrete planters... Something that we found quite interesting was the air of imperfection; twig-like branches, dried grasses and tall trees that had characterful shapes, so not really the things we're used to finding in plant shops here in the UK. The Japanese seem to see beauty in different places and though it's quite difficult to articulate it's a quality we're really really fond of.
Dried grasses and flowers really float our boat(s).
After gathering further appreciation for the aesthetics upstairs we retired to Clamp Coffee Sarasa, a small-but-perfectly-formed cafe that sits directly below the plant shop, run by barista Tomonori Kanbara, to have a coffee, some shortbread and a bit of a rest before heading to Kyoto's Botanical Garden.