Open for more than 50 years, the popular Takabashi Rāmen restaurant is one of Kyoto’s oldest rämen shops and is known for serving straight noodles with shōyu-based tonkotsu (pork stock) soup. Following renovations, the restaurant now features Ki-Yan’s dynamic ‘Sunflower’ which enhances customers’ ramen-experience and adds some style to the eatery’s motto of ‘cheap, quick and delicious’. Though the restaurant has long been popular among ramen fans in Kyoto, the vibrant atmosphere created by Ki-Yan’s artwork has helped to increase Takabashi Rāmen’s popularity among a wide range of customers. Experience dining at this modern ramen restaurant with its sensational sunflower painting, innovative menu and polite, yet energetic staff!
Goh-no Tora serves obanzai style Kyoto cuisine while also specializing in inventive menu items such as charcoal grilled duck from Kyoto’s Tamba region, or Kishuumedori- an original brand of chicken from Wakayama raised on ume plum vinegar. The name of the restaurant (‘five yellow tigers’) comes from the chef’ s astrological data:
the combination of the year of the Tiger, the number five, the colour yellow and the Earth Star according to the Nine Star Ki form of astrology. In line with the name of the restaurant, Ki-Yan, who usually doesn’t paint his subjects
with realistic colours, decided to use yellow for the tiger and expressed the number ‘5’ by using five colours:
yellow, red, black, orange and gold.
Essential oils have been used in Australia for many years for a wide variety of wellness applications from skin care to healing the common cold. Having worked as an aromatherapist in Australia and in resort hotel beauty salons in Japan, Mariko Hirakawa has opened the salon Clear with the intention of offering personalized, individual care to each and every customer. Having left white space on her walls in hope that Ki-Yan would someday paint a mural, Mariko’s wish finally came true. The parrots and eucalyptus –Ki-Yan’s new motifs painted not only on the walls but also on the window screen-energize everyone who enters the room.
Fruit sando, the main menu item at Fruit Parlour Yaoiso, has been served for over 40 years as a way to encourage people to eat more fruit. Only high quality fruit sold in the Yaoiso main store-in operation since 1869 and located just four doors down from the parlour-is used in these tasty sandwiches. Coming in many varieties, the fruit sando consists of beautiful cuts of fresh fruit – from strawberry to kiwi –and plenty of soft cream sandwiched between two slices of fluffy, white bread. On the parlour’s walls, Ki-Yan combined colours of vivid ultramarine blue to paint the Waltzing Fruits’ motifs of melons, peaches, cherries and more. I purposely avoided using green, as it could create too much of a “naturalistic” impression’, explains the artist.
SOU・SOU Zaifu is a spot in Kyoto where you can experience the traditional atmosphere of chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) in a contemporary setting. Zaifu’ s modern Japanese interior features fabric products by SOU・SOU-a Kyoto-based brand producing unique fashion pieces and footwear. Ki-Yan’s mural ‘Water Land’ was originally painted in 2009 for SOU・SOU’s men’s apparel store Kei-i, but became part of the patio leading to Zaifu following renovations and the removal of the ceiling. Originally appearing on the fusuma sliding doors in Shõren-in Temple, these water based motifs, including motifs of lotus flowers, water lilies and frogs – can also be found on a number of SOU・SOU products made in collaboration with Ki-Yan, such as the brand’s signature jika-tabi (split-toe shoes).