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2K540 Aki-Oka – Japanese Artisan Stores (Akihabara, Tokyo)

Okachi-machi is known by most as the wholesale area for clothing and food, however, there is a hidden jewel of 2K540 Aki-Oka – Japanese artisan stores.  2K540 Aki-Oka Japanese artisan stores and studios are under the elevated train tracks if you walk along the line towards Akihabara. In December 2010 over …

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Sugahara Glass Store (Aoyama, Tokyo)

If you love beautiful art that is highly utilitarian then I recommend shopping at Sugahara Glass Store in Aoyama, Tokyo.  I had never heard of the Sugahara glass until the concierge at the Grand Hyatt recommended as a “brilliant shop”.  Sugahara (SGH) is now one of favorite stores in Tokyo …

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Madu (Aoyama, Tokyo) – Japanese Artisan Housewares

If you are a collector of Japanese housewares or looking for a unique gift Madu is a great spot. Madu has beautiful collections of ceramics from Japanese artisans. Each collection has a brief outline of the artist, and the shop staff can give you more details. Besides ceramics, they have …

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Top 10+ Tokyo Shops for Japanese Gifts

Sharing our top 10+ Tokyo shops for Japanese gifts! If you are looking for that something special for friends in town or overseas? Some of my favourite gifts to bring overseas are hanging fabrics (tengui), calendars, chopsticks, items made from metal or washi paper. Local gift favorites are pottery, glass and …

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Take-no-Megumi, Azabu – Japanese Bamboo Crafts

The Japanese bamboo crafts at Take-no-Megumi in Moto Azabu are simple but so beautiful.  This wonderful little shop in Moto Azabu that has been in business for over 40 years. The founding family of Take-no-Megumi shop were originally manufacturers and wholesalers of bamboo products before opening their shop originally in …

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Bingoya Japanese Craft Shop, Shinjuku

Bingoya Japanese Craft Store

Bingoya Japanese Craft Shop has one of the widest selection of Japanese crafts in Tokyo. From paper to ceramics you will find what you are looking for at Bingoya. The store merchandise is located on five floors categorised by type of product. You will also find a very knowledgeable shop person …

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Gallery Kawano Kimono, Jingumae – Upcycled Kimono!

Gallery Kawano Kimono is one of the best stores in Tokyo to buy used “up cycled” kimono, kimono fabric and kimono accessories. They are open seven days a week so if you don’t have the schedule or the time to hit a antique or flea market this is a one …

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Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square, Aoyama

Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets

If you are are looking for a “Japanese gift” for someone overseas or that something special for your home you will not walk away empty handed from the Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square in Aoyama. This store’s differentiation is that they sell crafts and art of all mediums and from …

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Kanaru-sha Japanese Antiques, Fuchu

Tokyo Antique & Flea Markets

Kanaru-sha Japanese Antiques in Fuchu is a beautiful store inside and out. If you live in the Chofu/Fuchu area, or your kids go to the American School in Japan, this store is a great resource to decorate your home with beautiful furniture and pottery. The store is located about 2K …

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d47 Design Travel Store (Shibuya, Tokyo)

d47 Design Travel Store is a beautiful store to view and shop Japanese crafts and food from the 47 prefectures of Japan. The selection has been beautifully curated and displayed to represent the best of Japan.  It is centrally located in the Shibuya Hikari building’s 8th floor, which also has …

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Design Shop, Azabu

Design Shop (デザインショップ) is a little boutique with a ton of style punch. Super convenient if you live in the Azabu-Hiroo-Shirogane Takanawa area. The shop specializes in handmade crafts from steel, bamboo, ceramic and glass forming utensils to woven baskets and cooking pots. The Design Shop also offers an elegant …

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Mitate, Hiroo – Japanese Crafts

*** 2018 UPDATE: MITATE PERMANENTLY CLOSED *** I had been biking past Mitate for years, until yesterday when my curiosity got the best of me. Mitate is located in a water themed facility called Le Bain in Nishi Azabu, and most of the items for sale are associated with bathing, …

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Takumi Craft Store, Ginza – 80 years of history!

I have been a customer of Takumi craft store (たくみ)for over 25 years! Seemed like a long time, but when I recently went in to visit and asked how long they have been in business the answer was 80 years. Takumi may be the longest surviving Japanese craft store in …

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Rin 8890, Akihabara

Rin 8890 is one of my favourite Japanese craft boutiques in Tokyo. If you are looking for utilitarian items with great style, this is a one-stop store. Although the store’s space is small, you are sure to find something that you “must” have. Rin 8890 Best Living Japan. Rin, also, …

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Blue & White Store, Azabu – Top Japanese Craft Boutique

The Blue & White store reopened April 2017 in their new location one building over from their old store. Same brilliant Blue & White arts and crafts in new digs. Amy Katoh opened the Blue & White Store over 35 years ago promoting Japanese crafts and lifestyle of years past. …

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Asa no Ha Shop, Azabu – Seasonal Tenugui

One of the many things I love about Japan are the seasons, with each season come unique changes in nature, food and celebrations. A great way to capture the ever-changing seasons is to place a simple but beautiful tenugui in a prominent place in your house. Asa no Ha Shop, …

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