I explored Kyoto this year and have one piece of advice for anyone visiting this old and mysterious city: Find a bike. The city is extremely navigable and accessible when you have some wheels. The public transport is very confusing confusing compared with Tokyo, so you're better off getting a feel for city on some wheels. Plus, it's a grid, unlike anywhere else in Japan, so it's conceivably navigable without the aid of a GPS.
ABOUT THE IDEA
So why all the circles? Research indicates that GPS's are hindering our ability to create mental maps of our surroundings. My maps aim to install a "Map from the Mind" for each city, simplifying structures and districts in the simplest terms. Each design is taken as a new challenge, using the knowledge of locals to create a map that is both beautiful and useful.
Have you noticed that frame shops never go out of business? There's a reason. It's a highly specialized skill that requires individual attention. I recommend using your local framer.
Alternatively, frameusa.com has standard sized frames with many options.
ABOUT LETTERPRESS PRINTING
Letterpress is a very complicated and expensive printing method that I am obsessed with. All Letterpress are slammed with 600 pounds of pressure, creating a deep, tactile texture. The ink gets embedded into the thick soft paper so it won't fade within your lifetime. Read more about letterpress printing here.
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