Meet the founder
Hello there, I’m Anastasiya.
After spending my 20s in Paris studying sociology, ethnology and art history, I moved to Kyoto in 2014 to follow my love for this city and its rich design scene.
Since then, I’ve worked in a travel agency, a tea ceremony venue, an art goods store and the Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.
In 2017, I passed the examination to become a certified Kyoto guide, and now I promote Kyoto culture, design and independent makers via my private tours in English, French and Russian.
Also, I help small businesses to establish their online presence and to convey their brand message through digital storytelling via my Creative Studio.
Why ARIGATO KYOTO?
When you visit a country you don’t speak the language, usually you learn at least 2 or 3 of the most important words, like hello, excuse me, please (if you happen to be a polite person, of course)..
Arigato is “thank you” in Japanese.
I came to Kyoto for the first time in 2009 and moved here in 2014. Kyoto is a nice place to live. Not too large, not too small neither. When you need a quiet moment, you have a choice of 1000 something temples with peaceful gardens to sit down and relax. In a mood for a drink and a conversation? The city offers you all its bars and izakayas. Need to do some shopping? From international and local brands to small craft shops, Kyoto won’t leave you unsatisfied. But above all, it’s a place where I felt myself at home the very first day I came here. My road to Kyoto was long and difficult, but the longing to live in this city I love so much grew too strong to be ignored.
I listened to my heart, made my decision and now I’m here.
So, the answer is.. gratitude. Every day I say thank you to this wonderful city which accepted me and became my home. Kyoto let me have a glimpse of its wonders and will continue to show me its hidden facets. Local residents have always been kind to me, an ignorant foreigner who likes their city so much that has decided to live here, willing to learn their language and the nuances of communication. And I’m still learning.
I’m also saying thank you to all the Kyoto artisans, artists and creatives who preserve the traditional techniques, who invent new ways to blend the city’s past with its future, who shape local lifestyle and create beautiful things that make Kyoto so unique.
Now I feel that my role is to show you the lifestyle trends and beautiful things made in Kyoto and maybe even inspire you to discover and experience more of them yourself.