Leaves are changing color and autumn is the perfect time of the year here in Japan to travel and enjoy the beauty of nature. So I went on a quick getaway to Kyoto where I came across one of the Yojiya stores.
Yojiya, an authentic cosmetic company from Kyoto
Yojiya was founded more than a century ago in Kyoto. Since then, it has continuously produced cosmetics to support women’s natural beauty and has grown not only nationwide but has been raising recognition overseas as well.
“Aburatorigami”, the facial oil blotting paper
The blotting paper is one of the most famous products for which Yojiya is known for.
Japanese women use a lot of blotting paper to deal with perspiration during the day while retouching their makeup. As I recommended in one of my previous posts, I personally appreciate it especially in summer time. Indeed, keeping the produced sebum on the skin during the day can not only degrade your makeup finish, but also lead you to breakout.
Yojiya’s aburatorigami is very special because of its manufacturing process:
Aburatorigami is made from paper produced as a by-product of the traditional gold leaf making process….
As the pure gold is beaten out into leaf form, the paper which supports it, and which is an excellent oil absorbent, is beaten out too. In Yojiya’s manufacturing process, finely-textured Japanese paper is beaten repeatedly using a gold beating machine which activates the paper fiber to provide its absorption power.
source: Yojiya’s official website
That makes Yojiya’s blotting paper so gentle to the skin.
Yojiya offers seasonal blotting papers such as the ones containing sakura extract for cherry blossom season, or right now for autumn with Yuzu extract. It’s suppose to have a light fragrance of yuzu when you blot your face with it…. Personally… I didn’t smell anything!!
Yojiya, Ginkakuji store
I came across this shop while I was walking on the famous philosopher’s path.
It’s a beautiful environment with a traditional Japanese garden and a cafe.
The store has of course the star product, blotting paper and the limited edition with Yuzu as it’s autumn, and other skincare products.
The cafe was VERY crowded and I didn’t have enough patience to queue…but some super pretty drinks such as the green tea latte with Yojiya iconic face on it, with a beautiful view on the garden are awaiting you.
Yojiya Ginkakuji and the cafe can be a nice detour if you are in Kyoto. I’m sure the Yojiya blotting papers would make nice souvenirs for friends and family too!