As the ancient capital, Kyoto is known to be graceful and splendid. But the merchant and lower classes were thrifty, cleverly using the resources at hand. They treasured their belongings, using them regardless of wear and tear, until they were unusable. Today, Kyoto cuisine embodies this ethos--seasonal ingredients are never left to waste--and artisans diligently repair damaged craftwork. Core Kyoto discovers how the spirit of frugality permeates every aspect of modern life, from art to energy.