Category Archives: Shopping

Made in Japan: Denim furoshiki or bag from Fukuyama city by Alpha Planning?

The Japanese company Alpha Planning introduced its fine denim furoshiki (wrapping cloth) models, bags and more in Tokyo city during Ibara Denim Fair 2017 (ended on Monday), organized at the “antenna shop” Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan. Chatting about shopping with the CEO, Yes in Japan tour leader Sébastien Duval learnt that new designs are being considered to match diverse international tastes and fashions. On the photo, you may recognize designs by the famous ukiyo-e artist KITAGAWA Utamaro:
Denim furoshiki models

See Get Japan news report about this event on Friday to discover more denim products… Subscribe to the YouTube channel today to get alerted when the video is published!

Fan of Asian fashion? Traveller looking for high-quality blue souvenirs made in Japan? E-mail us to prepare your visit of Japan and to check the availability of a good tour guide for Fukuyama city (Hiroshima prefecture) and the nearby Ibara city (Okayama prefecture)…

Made in Japan: New denim kimono from Ibara city by Aokihifuku

The Japanese company Aokihifuku presented its new denim kimonos (pure blue, white hemp pattern, brown & green camouflage…) for men & women in Tokyo city during Ibara Denim Fair 2017 (finished yesterday), hosted by Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan “antenna shop”. Discussing with the staff, our French manager noted 3 big advantages of denim kimono over traditional kimono: (1) cheaper, (2) significantly lower maintenance cost as you can wash a denim kimono in a washing machine, and (3) clothing easy to produce in big sizes. On the right side of the photo, the Japanese salesman wears a denim kimono great for everyday life:
Denim kimonos

Watch Get Japan news report about this event on Friday to see the front & back of a denim Japanese dress, denim materials, denim bags… Subscribe to the YouTube channel now if you don’t want to miss this video!

Interested in Japanese fashion trends and high-quality clothes made in Japan? Ask Yes in Japan travel agents to plan your trip in Japan and organize an exciting private tour of Ibara city (in Okayama prefecture between Osaka city and Hiroshima city), whose garments are known as the “best Japanese denim” 🙂

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: Hand towels at Some-no-anbo

Offer high-grade traditional tenugui hand towels made in Japan! In Tokyo, the family business Some-no-anbo creates since 1907 towels that are unusually big by Japanese standards, feature a rare “red”, have fine original designs, are made of durable fabric, and possess colours that resist to washing!

Towel featuring a Japanese lion at Some-no-anbo (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Towel featuring Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms at Some-no-anbo (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Towel featuring a paper sliding door and a Japanese garden in autumn from Some-no-anbo (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices:

  • Towel: 864-2.808 yens
  • Towel in an acrylic frame: 12.960 yens

Note: You can shop tax-free by credit card at Some-no-anbo.

Get Japan: Wear a traditional skirt/trousers for free at Yoroshi Cosmetics in 2015-2016

Get a nice memory at the traditional cosmetics shop Yoroshi Cosmetics in Tokyo when buying its natural products between 11 November 2015 and 10 May 2016: try and wear a hakama formal divided skirt/trousers (kimono for ladies & gentlemen) for free! Just show the Get Japan map of Asakusa 2015-2016…

Hand cream, bath additive... at Yoroshi Cosmetics (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Cosmetics at Yoroshi Cosmetics

Use Asakusa’s traditional & natural cosmetics! With its headquarters in Tokyo, Yoroshi Cosmetics makes products for specialists in Japan since 1924. Ladies, enjoy Japanese fragrances: yuzu lemon/citron, sakura cherry, matcha green tea…

Hand cream, bath additive... at Yoroshi Cosmetics (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices:

  • Hand cream (50g): 864 yens
  • Body scrub (30g): 410 yens
  • Bath additive (190g): 864 yens
  • Lip balm (8g): 864 yens

Note: You can pay by credit card at this tax-free shop.

Konjaku Kimono Kocho in Tokyo: Directions, maps and photo

Konjaku Kimono Kocho is in Tokyo at the intersection of Denboin street and Orange street, near Asakusa subway station (5 minutes north-west from exit 1). This exciting (and unexpectedly cheap!) shop is “F4” on the Get Japan map of Asakusa 2015-2016:
Map of Kappabashi, Asakusa & Sky Tree (Tokyo, Japan) - Inner

The statue of the robber “Nezumi-kozo” on the roof makes it easy to recognize the entrance of Konjaku Kimono Kocho:
Entrance of Konjaku Kimono Kocho (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).