I’ve been to Kyoto twice previously but both times I was doing what –Japanese and foriegn– tourists do in Kyoto, they go to temples and stay at ryokan. However, my main goal for that vacation was to see gal where I hadn’t seen it before so I went to to Kyoto for 4 hours and hung out at the nearby gal mall.
Kyoto Avanti (http://kyoto-avanti.com/) is a mostly gal mall connected to the central Kyoto train station by an underground tunnel. I was lucky enough to come the day of its renewal and opening of several new gal floors (as you’ll see by the grand opening bouquets)
Straight out the central station you'll walk to the left and see the underground passage
Which saves you from having to walk the busy street to this monster.
Their grand opening image.
Showing all the new stores coming on several floors.
The underground entrance to Kyoto Avanti
The crazy Engrish that's on the center entrance pole.
Cecil McBee showing off their sunny looks.
The welcoming bouquets for Moussy bought by celebrities and models. You can see the Tsuchiya Anna one in the top right.
A shop staff setting up the Moussy store.
Egoist chose a small space for their Kyoto store.
Lip Service Generation is the new budget store by Lip Service. A lot of similar clothing, but often more basics and cheap sets.
Heaven and Earth stores always look awesome. To the left is the mug novelty for the opening of the store.
The fabulous Soul Sister x Mode look they're promoting.
Shoppers walking around. The left looks to be in blogger/Egoist style.
More from the grand opening next week in Photo Friday and how many people attended