Translated by Satomi Ohba
Guardian of Japanese Skin for Over 100 Years: “Yo-jiya” from Kyoto
Written by Keishi Kawakami
When I was in Canada and chatting with my Canadian and Japanese friends, there was an item that surprised the Canadians, “What a useful thing!
Oil blotting (absorbing) paper is very popular among Japanese women, but maybe not so much in other countries.
What is “Oil Blotting Paper”?
“Oil Blotting Paper” is a thin piece of paper that soaks of excess face oil from your skin and removes shine. This item does not smudge your makeup which is very handy when fixing your makeup. I think oil blotting paper was not so popular in Canada and other countries because of the climate. Japan is mostly humid whereas Canada is dry, so they take care more in moisturizing.
Oil blotting paper starts being used from around 1880, which is nearly 130 years of history. Oil blotting paper is based on Japanese paper making skill, so with the history of Japanese paper in calculation, you could say the origins of oil blotting paper was founded from more than 1300 years ago.
Landmark Shop in Kyoto: “Yo-jiya”
Historic as it is, you can buy oil blotting paper anywhere. There are different grades of oil blotting paper from expensive to cheap, but in this article I will introduce a shop that is long-established and sells high-quality oil blotting paper.
“Yo-jiya” from Kyoto is the shop of shops running for over than 110 years. Its mark is of a lady’s face. It has several shops in Kyoto, Haneda Airport and Kansai Airport, so I think you’ll have a chance to buy products. This article introduces a shop in Kyoto.
Let’s go to “Yo-jiya”!
Let’s see the route to Yo-jiya. We start from Keihan line Gion-Shijo station.
Get out of the station from exit No 7. When you do, you will see the Minami-za Theater on the other side of the road.
With this Minami-za Theater right in front of you, turn left without crossing the road.
Go straight through the arcade.
A shop with white walls comes into sight. There it is!
Here we are. This is the oil blotting paper specialty “Yo-jiya”, the pride of Kyoto.
Well, we’re here but sadly they don’t allow cameras in the shop. It’s not so far from Kyoto Yasaka Shrine or Kiyomizu Temple, so please take a look if you come by.
Yo-jiya よーじや Gion shop
Address: 270-11 Kita-gawa, Gion-machi, Higashi-yama ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Hours: 10:00 - 20:00
No fixed holidays
Wi-Fi Environment: None
Credit Cards: Acceptable
Station: Keihan line Gion-Shijo station or Hankyu line Kawaramachi station
Access: 5 minute walk from exit No 7 of Keihan line Gion-Shijo station
/ 10 minute walk from exit No 1 of Hankyu line Kawaramachi station