As the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years 794-1868, Kyoto has been the center of nearly every important aspect of Japanese culture including traditional umbrellas. Compared to other Japanese umbrellas, traditional Kyoto umbrellas are known for their simplicity, delicate beauty, and the exceptional precision of the master craftsmen who make them.

The main materials used to make a traditional Japanese umbrella are all natural and include Japanese washi paper, bamboo, wood, linseed oil, lacquer, persimmon tannin and tapioca glue.