Category Archives: Art in Japan

Art video: Japanese ink wash painting at Toyokuni Atelier (Tokyo)

Watch the cool Get Japan video “Japanese Ink Wash Painting” (59 seconds) to learn about Toyokuni Atelier in Tokyo city then give it a thumb up :) You can see original painted scrolls & postcards of Daruma, cats, dragons, etc. for sale and the artist HONDA Yuta drawing bamboo on paper with a brush during a lesson! If needed, activate the subtitles in English, French…

Our French guide accompanied several travellers to this nice art gallery during 1-day tours to introduce the Japanese culture and sumi-e traditional ink wash painting. Families with children particularly enjoyed the sumi-e activity in English (or in French thanks to the guide)! Think about it when you travel to Asia :)

Shopping in Tokyo: Kimonos at Konjaku Kimono Kocho

Wear a kimono, decorate a room in your house, office or restaurant… In Tokyo, Konjaku Kimono Kocho sells fine second-hand Japanese traditional clothes for men and women at great prices! At this shop, you can buy your kimono made in Japan according to your needs and wishes, in cotton, polyester or silk.

Red kimono at Konjaku Kimono Kocho (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Blue kimono at Konjaku Kimono Kocho (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices:

  • Haori coat/jacket: 1.000 yens
  • Obi long & large belt: 4.000 yens
  • Tabi socks: 1.000 yens
  • Artistic kimono dress: 5.000-50.000 yens

Note: You can pay by credit card when shopping at Konjaku Kimono Kocho.

Shopping in Tokyo: Swords, tea sets, artworks… at Asakusa Kobijutsu

Find swords, tea sets, artworks… in Tokyo! Asakusa Kobijutsu is an exciting antique shop selling samurai swords & armours, bowls & utensils for tea ceremonies, iron kettles, kimonos made in Japan, Japanese accessories, gems, traditional dolls, ukiyo-e illustrations… Check cheap replicas or pricey genuine articles!

Swords, armours, artworks, iron kettles... at Asakusa Kobijutsu (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

The products in store change every day…

Note: You can pay by credit card when shopping at Asakusa Kobijutsu.

July, August & September 2015: Sumi-e lessons at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Tokyo)

In July, August and September 2015, the ink wash painting lessons with sumi-e master HONDA Toyokuni at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (gallery near Jimbocho station, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) only take place between 13:00 and 17:00. Reserve at least two weeks before your selected day and bring 8.000 yens per person for a lesson of 90 minutes in English or Japanese.

The son HONDA Yuta still teaches sumi-e to foreign beginners without reservation :) Come between 12:00 and 19:00 from Tuesday to Saturday or between 12:00 and 17:00 on Sunday with 1.000 yens per person for a lesson of 30 minutes in English or Japanese.

Sumi-e artists HONDA Yuta and Toyokuni at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Enjoy a unique experience with a bilingual Japanese artist this summer and hone your artistic skills with a brush on washi paper while you visit or live in Japan!

Happy thanks to Yes in Japan: Japanese lunch and “Japanese paintings” shopping

A couple of French-speaking tourists in Tokyo e-mailed our Yes in Japan French manager (always glad to help people in trouble) to thank him for helping them order their lunch at a Japanese restaurant without English menu and without English-speaking staff then recommending Ebisudo Gallery near Jimbocho station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) to buy beautiful “Japanese paintings” (ukiyo-e woodblock prints in fact) at a reasonable price. They found the art shop with our Get Japan map of Jimbocho area, loved the gallery and its shopkeeper, and bought 2 ukiyo-e :)
Ukiyo-e woodblock print with the Hota coast in Awa province at Ebisudo gallery (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Activity in Tokyo: Admire, buy or practice sumi-e at Toyokuni Atelier Studio

Do you know sumi-e ink wash painting? Toyokuni Atelier Studio is a great place to admire, buy or practice sumi-e: free exhibition, original products, activities for children and adults… by an award-winning father and his son!
Admire, buy or practice sumi-e at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan) ☺

Typical prices:

  • Sumi-e lesson for beginners (English or Japanese language): 1000 yens
  • Sumi-e postcard: 100 yens
  • Sumi-e painting (black ink or rare colourful mix): 3000-30000 yens
  • Sumi-e t-shirt: 15000 yens

Open: 12:00-19:00 (Sunday: 12:00-17:00, Monday: closed)

Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Toyokuni Atelier Studio is the gallery 10 in the section C2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Find fun gifts, art supplies… at Bumpodo

Bumpodo is a stationery shop selling fun Japanese souvenirs, oil paints, manga pens… opened in 1887! In addition to the shopping floors, Bumpodo features a gallery on the fourth floor and an art school on the fifth and seventh floors.
Find fun gifts, art supplies... at Bumpodo (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Ukiyo-e postcard: 86 yens
  • Origami: 108 yens
  • “Cat Sushi” key chain: 400 yens
  • Hand towel: 800 yens

Open: 10:00-19:30

Phone: (+81) 03-3291-3441
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Bumpodo is the gift shop 23 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Buy your ukiyo-e at a good price at Ebisudo Gallery!

Go to Ebisudo Gallery to buy ukiyo-e woodblock prints from Edo, Meiji and the modern era at a good price: Japanese nature, ladies in kimono
Buy ukiyo-e at a good price at Ebisudo Gallery (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices:

  • Card-size print: 500 yens
  • Art book: 1000 yens
  • Fine original print or painting: 5000-40000 yens

Open: 11:00-18:30 (Sunday and public holidays: closed)

Phone: (+81) 03-3219-7651
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: English, French, Japanese.

Ebisudo Gallery is the specialist shop 20 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Feel, use and offer washi paper from Yamagataya-kamiten

Yamagataya-kamiten provides washi traditional paper since 1879! Feel textures, see how you could use them, and get handmade cards, origami sets, artistic/cosplay materials… to offer or create!
Feel, use and offer washi paper from Yamagataya-kamiten (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Washi sheet: 300 yens
  • Origami set: 350 yens
  • Mount Fuji postcard: 200 yens
  • Cute towel: 800 yens

Open: 10:00-18:00 (Sunday and public holidays: closed)

Phone: (+81) 03-3221-7829
Credit cards: Unavailable.
Labels: Japanese.

Yamagataya-kamiten is the gift shop 16 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Acquire fine Japanese antiques at Sankei-shoten!

Sankei-shoten is a family business selling splendid antiques and artworks since 1955! Find bowls and utensils for tea ceremonies, lacquered boxes and tableware, saké glasses, go-stone containers… Check it!
Acquire fine Japanese antiques at Sankei-shoten (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Open: Variable…

Phone: (+81) 03-5212-4445
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Sankei-shoten is the specialist shop 13 in the section C2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).