Tag Archives: Specialist shop

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.

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.

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: Preserved food at Ebiya Souhonpo

Try Japanese preserved food boiled in soy! In Tokyo, Ebiya Souhonpo makes tsukudani since 1869. Great as snacks, with saké, in rice balls… for 3 months. Samurai warriors often bought some as souvenir of Tokyo!

Preserved food boiled in soy at Ebiya Souhonpo (Sumida ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Price for shrimps, beans, fishes, seaweed, squids…: 324 yens per 100g

Rental in Tokyo: Bicycles at Rin Project Customer Shop

Rent a bicycle and ride it in Tokyo or from Tokyo to Kamakura or Saitama! In Asakusa area, Rin Project Customer Shop is a Japanese designer and maker of cycling accessories/clothes made in Japan since 2003. Reserve early!

Cycling from Rin Project Customer Shop (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices:

  • Bicycle rental (1 day): 3.240 yens
  • Bicycle rental (2 days): 5.400 yens
  • Rin Project helmet: 12.960 yens
  • Rin Project trousers: 11.880 yens

Note: You can pay by credit card when renting or shopping at Rin Project Customer Shop.

Shopping in Tokyo: Cooking knives at Kamata Hakensha

Select top-grade kitchen knives made in Japan for your home or restaurant! In Tokyo, Kamata Hakensha is a family speciality store open in 1923; it proposes 800 Japanese knives, many hand-made, and you can engrave a name for free!

Cooking knives at Kamata Hakensha (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Engraving a cooking knife at Kamata Hakensha (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices:

  • All-purpose cooking knife: 6.000 yens
  • Fish knife: 4.800 yens
  • Sashimi knife: 5.700 yens
  • Home-use set: 17.400 yens

Note: You can pay by credit card when shopping at Kamata Hakensha.

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.

Shopping in Tokyo: Cups, pots… at Kakesu Zakka-ten

Buy well-designed cups, pots… In Tokyo, Kakesu Zakka-ten sells simple, cute and durable products made in Japan for tea or coffee lovers. You will find various beautiful colours for your home or to select as gift!

Orange tea set at Kakesu Zakka-ten (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices:

  • Teacup or coffee cup: 648 yens
  • Teapot: 2.160 yens
  • Coffee dripper: 1.404 yens
  • Towel: 324 yens

Note: You can pay by credit card when you go shopping at Kakesu Zakka-ten.

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!

Map of Tokyo “East of the Imperial Palace” in summer/autumn 2015?

Following its map of Tokyo “North of the Imperial Palace” for spring/summer 2015, the Yes in Japan team is preparing a great map of Tokyo “East of the Imperial Palace” for summer/autumn 2015. Help us make our map even more interesting and useful by suggesting types of services, restaurants, stores, or Japanese products you would like to see on it before the end of May! Our inbound travel manager recently detailed his preferences but any other idea for foreign adults or children in Japan is welcome 🙂

This free walking and shopping map in English language including the subway/train stations of Ginza, Hibiya, Mitsukoshi-mae, Nihombashi, Otemachi, Shimbashi, Tokyo, Toranomon, Tsukiji, and Yurakucho will be available online and will be distributed at local hotels in Chiyoda, Chuo and Minato wards…