Kyoto in Red

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My last trip to Japan was a perfect wrap-up of my 2016, especially the 4-day staycation in Kyoto, a city which keeps bringing me inspirations and enlightenment. And fortunately  this time I’ve caught the last chance to appreciate the autumn view in this city, with those “red” elements:

Autumn Foliage

The peak of autumn foliage in Kyoto is breathtaking and spectacular, but I missed it 🙁  Late-December is  not the best time to appreciate the leaves, however, who says the  combination of withered trees and rocks can’t be a great as well?






As I said in my last post about Kyoto a year ago, it is impossible to visit all the sights in the ‘City of Ten Thousand Shrines’. Last time I visited Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) and Kinkaku-Ji (金閣寺), and this time, the less-popular Kennin-Ji (建仁寺) and the Imperial Palace are the highlights.


At the Imperial Palace (@Fashionmimo)



The view of the inner-garden, Kennin-Ji. ( @Fashionmimo)

Vintage Stores

Japan is the heaven of vintage boutiques, antiques and second-hand goods, and in Kyoto, you can find lots of dope vintage boutique stores in the heart of the city, such as Flamingo, Small Change and Three Stars. The most impressive thing I’ve found in these stores is an embroidered nightgown from the 80’s China! All those old goods are in a very good condition and I can tell, as a Chinese, it would be really really difficult to find the same fancy nightgown even in China nowadays!




After several times of experiencing the traditional kimono, this time I finally chose the red one. Isn’t the red color fitting the old streets so well? ;p




In China, red color represents fortune, so I hope that this “red” post would bring luck to whoever read it 😉 This post is also a wrap-up of my 2016 blogging journey, thank you all for supporting this year and I’m glad that this site has been growing better and better with those kind supports. Hope you have a great year ahead and seeya in 2017!! (@Fashionmimo)



  1. December 28, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Hey, was it comfortable to wear?

    • December 28, 2016 / 11:53 pm

      Good question, NO. The waistband was too tight and I nearly threw up hahaha

      • December 29, 2016 / 1:56 am

        Hahaha I wanna try one!

        • December 29, 2016 / 6:17 pm

          Yeah it is definitely worth a try 🙂

  2. December 29, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    The photos were superb! These makes me wanna visit Kyoto soon. 🙂

    • December 29, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Thank you! Hope this post will help when you visit Kyoto 🙂

  3. December 30, 2016 / 5:34 am

    You look really pretty in that red kimono! 🙂

  4. December 30, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Lovely 🙂 This reminds me of Memoirs of a Geisha 🙂

    • December 31, 2016 / 10:57 am

      Thank you! I love that movie too, it inspired me a lot with Japanese aesthetics 🙂

  5. December 31, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Wow, the photos are beautiful!!! <3 Happy New Year, lovely!! <3

  6. January 1, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Love this – Happy New Years!

    Ashely M.|

    • January 1, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Happy New Year Ashely!! Have a great one!

  7. January 5, 2017 / 1:56 am

    Gorgeous photos! If this is what Kyoto looks like in winter, then I can’t even imagine how beautiful it is in autumn.

    • January 9, 2017 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you! To visit Kyoto in autumn is one of the things I must do before I get old haha!

  8. January 11, 2017 / 7:15 am

    Beautiful photography and writing. I felt as if I was there with you!
    I loved the kimono you picked darling and honestly I would to wear a kimono one day.

    Cheers !

    • January 12, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Thank you very much! Please try the Kimono for at least once if you visit Kyoto!

  9. January 11, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Your photos are always that beautiful!

    Your trip to Japan seemed absolutely memorable and awesome.
    Hope to hear more 😉


  10. January 17, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Wow! I super love your blog. And it has always been a dream of mine to visit Japan.Although, I heard it is a bit costly to travel there. Is it?. Anyway, keep up the good work dear. And thanks for liking my post. <3

    • January 17, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you like it! Well, I think it is the good time to visit Japan since its currency keeps depreciating these years, and it wouldn’t really cost you a lot if you plan it well (such as choosing airbnb or such) 🙂

  11. April 3, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Omg! Your photos are dope. Wearing kimono is one of bucket list hha.

    • April 3, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks! Yeah I strongly recommend you to try it 😉

  12. September 5, 2017 / 6:37 am

    So happy to stumble acroas your page! Love your style 😍
    I’m heading to Japan mid October till early November! Ao excited to see it in Autumn and check out some of these vintage/secondhand shops. Thanks for the tips 😄

    • September 5, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Thank you dear! Hope that this article could provide some useful tips for your upcoming trip!

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