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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.

Sumi-e painting lessons from 1000 yens at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Tokyo)

Experience painting on Japanese traditional paper Washi! Master Toyokuni teaches sumi-e ink wash painting at all levels in English or Japanese during lessons of 90 minutes at Toyokuni Atelier Studio 🙂 Make a reservation and bring 5.000 yens per person.

As a special offer for foreigners only, his son Yuta teaches sumi-e to beginners in English or Japanese during lessons of 30 minutes. No reservation needed; just bring 1.000 yens per person. You typically draw a simple cat’s face to get used to the brush and black ink then see how to paint a Daruma, bamboo or landscape with mountains and rivers.

For practical reasons, each lesson at the art gallery between Jimbocho and Kudanshita subway stations (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) is limited to 5 students. Contact the Yes in Japan team to request special arrangements for bigger groups or professionals on business trip in Japan.
Sumi-e painting with Kintaro, a carp and Mount Fuji at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Ukiyo-e shop in Tokyo: Hokusai’s Mount Fuji at Ohya-shobo

You can buy Japanese woodblock prints “ukiyo-e” originals or reproductions in Tokyo at the specialist shop Ohya-shobo. For example, this good quality ukiyo-e by KATSUSHIKA Hokusai representing a red Mount Fuji with clouds:
Japanese woodblock print of a red Mount Fuji by KATSUSHIKA Hokusai at Ohya-shobo (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Have you ever seen ukiyo-e prints in an art museum or specialized store? You can definitely find a traditional scene making a great Japanese souvenir or gift at a reasonable price if you go shopping at Ohya-shobo!

In Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward, Ohya-shobo is a few minutes walk from several subway stations (Jimbocho, Awajicho, Ogawamachi, Shin-ochanomizu), Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan, Hotel Villa Fontaine Jimbocho, and Sakura Hotel Jimbocho.
Map of Tokyo Jimbocho.

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  • Ukiyo-e = 浮世絵, KATSUSHIKA Hokusai = 葛飾北斎.
  • Ohya-shobo = 大屋書房, Tokyo = 東京.