Photo/Illutration Kamika's "bunkobako" document boxes (Provided by Kamika)

Editor’s note: This series showcases what we are calling “kawaii” (cute) items made locally in the iconic Japanese city.

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Kamika, founded in the Genroku Era (1688-1704) of the Edo Period (1603-1867), is a long-time supplier of fine paper, ink brushes, inksticks, inkstones and other stationery items to the ancient capital's famed Chionin temple.

"We've been selling items to the temple for more than 200 years," said sales representative Junko Maeda.

The shop produces original "bunkobako" document boxes for temples on a made-to-order basis, which can contain pens, letter paper and other items. Its clamshell type sells for 2,500 yen ($24), excluding tax.

Kamika's calligraphy set has also become recently popular with customers, Maeda added.

Address: 97 Ooidecho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Sundays, national holidays and the second and fourth Saturdays.