Japanese Antiques and Crafts

Top 10 Places to Buy Japanese Washi

Top Japanese Washi paper Store in Tokyo

At Best Living Japan, we offer various craft classes that use Japanese washi, so we are “experts” on where to find the best selection. Here are our top 10 locations to buy Japanese washi in Tokyo. Many smaller Japanese souvenir shops may also sell sheets of Japanese washi, but for …

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Best 10 Japanese Antique Stores in Tokyo

Tokyo antique stores

I have been collecting Japanese antiques for over 30 years, so I am sharing with you the Best 10 Japanese antique stores in Tokyo. These stores have excellent selections and are owned and run by true experts in the field of Japanese antiques. If you can’t find what you want …

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Tokyo Antique Markets and Flea Markets

Tokyo Antique Markets and Flea Markets

We love visiting Tokyo antique markets and flea markets. Most markets are held on the weekend, with some on national holidays. The events are a mixture of significant indoor events like the Antique Jamboree, or the Heiwajima show held a few times a year, or what we call “shrine sales” …

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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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Top 10+ Tokyo Shops for Japanese Gifts

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

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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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Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square (Aoyama, Tokyo)

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)

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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Bingoya Japanese Craft Shop (Shinjuku, Tokyo)

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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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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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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Design Shop (Azabu, Tokyo)

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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Wise Wise Tools (Roppongi Midtown, Tokyo)

Wise Wise Tools tea pots

Without fail, I have found beautiful “made in Japan” gifts at Wise Wise Tools in Roppongi Midtown. Although their assortment is not wide vs. other Japanese art and craft stores, the merchandisers have selected an amazing variety of home utilitarian items, decor, toys, and wear. A large percentage of the …

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Take-no-Megumi (Azabu, Tokyo) – 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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