For something fun to offset this endlessly gross weather, check out this series of animal prints by Woop Studios. Each colorful print depicts a group of animals and the appropriate collective noun used to describe them. I’m obsessed with collective nouns—my favorites include “a murder of crows,” “an exaltation of larks,” and “an aurora of polar bears”—so these really appeal to me.
Another great part of visiting Kyoto: finding cute and beautiful handicrafts just about everywhere. Paper products, ceramics, and especially textiles – I wanted to buy everything (and now I’m inspired to get crafty when I go back home).