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Fresh talent brings new thinking to Kyoto, city of tradition

Young entrepreneurs are reviving ancient crafts in Japan's cultural capital

Masataka Hosoo, president of Kyoto-based textile maker Hosoo, was a musician when he was younger. He now sells nishijin kimono fabric overseas, where it adorns high-end boutiques and hotels. 

KYOTO -- Kyoto boasts Japan's largest concentration of traditional crafts. Despite the pall the COVID-19 pandemic has cast over the country, young entrepreneurs with unorthodox backgrounds are bringing new thinking and innovation to Japan's ancient capital.

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