Offering homemade pickles made from fresh, locally grown vegetables, Tsukemono YAMASHITA is a Kyoto-based tsukemono (pickle) shop located on the Sannen-zaka Street near Kiyomizu-dera. The shop owner, Hiroyuki Yamashita, started his farm in Kameoka more than ten years ago with the purpose of making delicious pickles with his own kyō-yasai (Kyoto-grown vegetables). And you can surely taste the difference! Ki-Yan visited this farm for inspiration and, of course, to draw sketches for the mural. Even the owner, a devoted farmer and vegetable expert, was impressed by the resulting colourful, super-sized flying veggies on the walls of his shop.
The CHIRIRI’s tsuyu-shabu is an original style of thinly sliced pork boiled in water and flavoured with a special five-step tsuyu broth of white negi (spring onion) and yuzukoshō (a paste of chilli peppers and yuzu citrus peel). This exquisite flavour was first introduced at the Hyōtanya restaurant in Shiga, the prefecture where CHIRIRI originates. The most delicious flavours are achieved by using 0.8 mm thin slices of meat combined with the secret recipe for the tsuyudare sauce. Because of the delicious Shiga-grown vegetables and red konnyaku root, this original shabu-shabu has gained popularity in Kyoto as well. Ki-Yan’s paintings of CHIRIRI’s logo-the hyōtan (bottle gourd)-on the restaurant walls are based on several sketches drawn on a summer morning in the Kyoto Botanical Garden.
Originating in Kyoto, Katsukura has become a popular tonkatsu chain restaurant thanks to its healthy ingredients and the light and crispy texture of its fried food. With such popularity, it is no surprise to see queues outside of Katsukura outlets. In 2014 Katsukura was named one of TripAdvisor’s top 30 restaurants in Kyoto, leading to a rapid increase in foreign customers. Renovating its Kyoto Station branch to serve larger numbers of foreign guests, Katsukura not only increased its number of seats, but also its English speaking staff. In addition, Ki-Yan’s Kyoto vegetable motifs- shishigatani pumpkins and lucky bottle gourds-adorn the restaurant walls, welcoming travelers at ‘Kyoto’s gate’.
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!