In 2016, John Einarsen started shooting the unassuming, everyday architecture of the city he calls home, for Kyoto Journal’s Instagram page. Yes, you remember that Bored Panda post from last year? Well, as it turns out, the project is still not over!

Two years in and John’s online collection falls just short of 400 images. And he’s decided to make the second book too.

I asked him whether anything has changed in his approach since the project began, to which he answered:

“I think to begin with I was drawn more to the buildings with more obvious quirks, perhaps because I was thinking about how viewers would respond, to create a sense of novelty…The project is still all about showing this other side of Kyoto that is largely ignored, but I think that looking at the images now, viewers might notice they have mellowed or toned down, so maybe you need to look at them a little longer, ponder the details to appreciate them fully…”

Still, I hope they charm your socks off!

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Utakata Antiques

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Tree

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the shuttered house at 3pm

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the Raku Museum

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Tanaka’s home-made sandwich shop

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Take-out cookie shop

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Summer

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Nishimoto liquor store

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Nishiki Guesthouse Kyo-koi

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night bookstore

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near Sannenzaka

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Nakamura’s coffee house

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more interesting windows

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Looking for Tenants

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house with maple tree and guardrails

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house with flowers

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house with corner window

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house of an artist

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house in the winter sun

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Cut Salon Musow

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cut house Raffi

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cottage duplex

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cool verandah

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cool house

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cool abode

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Colorado Masusan

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Coffee Komadori

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Ciel Nail

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cat in the window

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brown house

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Bistecca Naoki

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beautiful window

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Airing out the futon

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A Love Of Wood

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1/4 House

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“GoGo” Coffeehouse

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Grocery Store

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After-school tutors “Yours”

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Traditional house with geraniums

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Newly renovated guesthouse

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After the rain

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Hair Salon “Cut Station Genesis”

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House with bamboo frontage: still freshly green

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Cozy abode

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Gion Festival participant takes a break from the heat

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