Leica Store Kyoto (video)

Leica Store Kyoto is a flagship store located on Hanamikoji Street in the Gion district, which represents the rich history and culture of this ancient city. This is where Japan’s traditional beauty and elegance are on full display.

The store is in a beautifully renovated 100 year-old, two-story townhouse (Machi-ya). The original structure, as well as many of its wooden beams and pillars, is still in its original state. Even so, the store clearly shows the image of Leica’s corporate identity. The result is a unique Leica store that does not exist anywhere else.
Leica, which has 160-year history and craftsmanship, believes that the company will be able to further contribute to the photographic culture by operating in Kyoto, which has more than 1,200 years of history and culture. Leica expects a new creative force to emerge.

Hand-made Leica cameras are carefully assembled by skilled German craftsmen, once piece at a time. Thus, Leica cameras are not just photographic tools; they are works of art. In this respect, the company has a close affinity to traditional craft-making in Kyoto. Leica values tradition. The company also creates new values based on traditional craftsmanship.

This experience can be likened to a marriage; Leica, which offers premium products and services based on its traditional craftsmanship, will be united with Kyoto, which has more than 1,200 years of history and culture. Come visit Leica Store Kyoto and see this yourself.

Leica Store Kyoto from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

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  • Jerry

    Absolutely delightful place & atmosphere -> Pure Serenity.. When Tradition and Hightech combine we get the best of both Worlds !! OSSSSS ^_^ ..

    • Neopulse

      I agree… although I also was checking out the furniture in the video, very beautiful everything and harmonious.

      • Jerry

        Of course, the furniture is definitely part of the wider package : Noguchi 1947 coffee Table, Finn Juhl (type) chairs ecc.. Holistic experience – as it should be !! ^_^ …

        • Neopulse

          Thanks for that info, I greatly appreciate it!!! :-D

  • Kyoto Ken

    “Hand-made Leica cameras are carefully assembled by skilled German craftsmen, once piece at a time.”

    Typo: should read ‘Portuguese craftsmen and craftswomen.”
    :-)

    • Pantechnicon

      I agree: the Portuguese get a raw deal in the marketing. Who knows why this might be?

      • mediokre

        They should learn from Apple’s weasel phrase “designed in Germany by Leica”

  • Kynikos

    “Leica, which has 160-year history and craftsmanship, believes that the company will be able to further contribute to the photographic culture by operating in Kyoto, which has more than 1,200 years of history and culture. Leica expects a new creative force to emerge.”

    What a load.

    • mediokre

      What a load indeed, what a load on earth, which is 4.5 billion years old.

  • etr_brony

    perfection

  • James Donahue

    I wonder about all of this..Is it really about making Photos?

    • SiO

      It’s about buying expensive kit to make photos with. I’d say better then going to a shabby shop to spend 5k on a lens ;o)

  • Say What?

    This kind of commercialism and globalism in a place like Kyoto is saddening.

  • mediokre

    They really overdid the geisha. She didn’t need to walk across the screen 5 times. We know it’s Kyoto.

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