Shibuya’s Zenmall (29-4 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku; 03-3770-1641), known for offering large clothing for men, is holding a two-day Early Bird Pre-Summer Sale. The sale will take place on the mornings of April 12 (Sat) and 13 (Sun) for three hours (9am-noon) each day. During these times, nearly everything will be marked 20-80 percent off. Some of the bargains include suits with a spare pair of pants for \9,800 (sizes 3-8L), and summer casual jackets for \8,000 (3-6L). Imported designer suits by makers like Calvin Klein and Boss are also marked down to \39,000 and \59,000, respectively. Those who spend over \10,000 can take part in the Cash Grabbing Contest, where shoppers can dig into a box full of cash. Spend over \30,000 for two chances to grab, and \50,000 for three. Don't miss this rare opportunity, as it could be one of the few chances for those looking to buy large sizes in Japan, especially at affordable prices.
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IN STORE ARCHIVE:
535: Anything goes
Add a little spunk to your life at Tokyo's zakka housewares shops. Hanna
Kite visits five of the best.
531: To a tee
Tokyos hottest T-shirt shops boast designs by some of Japans
top talents. Hanna Kite dresses down.
527: Treasure chests
Hanna Kite checks out five Tokyo jewelers that offer the perfect setting
for your next shopping excursion.
523: Arts and crafts movement
Trina OHara goes in search of the Japanese creative spirit.
Move over, Hello Kitty. Sexy has finally replaced cute in Tokyo's lingerie
stores. Hanna Kite reports.
515: Bowled over
Trina O'Hara tracks down the latest tableware to suit any time of day.
511: East meets nest
Trina O'Hara finds that Tokyo's flea markets and shrine sales suit all types
of personalities and interests.
503: The write stuff
Hanna Kite takes notes at Tokyo's finest pen and paper boutiques.
499: Blasts from the past
Tokyo trendsetters have a knack for making old fashions new again. Jennifer
Au goes back in time at the city's coolest vintage clothing stores.
495: In the bag
From haute to mass-market, designer to dowdy, Tokyo has a tote to suit every
taste and budget. Jennifer Au tracks down the best.
491: Paper chase
Steve Trautlein goes on a search for Tokyo's best English booksellers.
487: Happy trails
A love affair with the great outdoors is easily consummated at these Tokyo
retailers. Steve Trautlein gears up.
483: Top hats
Whether its a rooftop barbecue, a riverside picnic or an afternoon
stroll, there will be times this summer when youll want to keep the sun
off your face. Martin Webb hunts down Tokyos best headwear suppliers
so you can stay shady in style.
479: Oriental express
This summer, all things Asian are hot stuff. Martin Webb finds out how to
get the look without breaking the bank.
474: Haute haven
Forget Roppongi Hills aspirations to be the citys cultural hub.
This is the consumer capital of the world, and its all about shopping.
Martin Webb reports.
468: New kit on the block
Backed by street-wise fashion chain store Beams, these seven new stores
are upping the style quotient in Daikanyama. Martin Webb sizes up this brand
new shopping experience.
463: Can buy me love
Stuck for ideas about how to make Valentines Day extra memorable this
year? Martin Webb shops around for some great gift ideas for lucky ladies.
452: Perfect timing
For the rushed residents of our fair metropolis, keeping an eye on time is one
of life's little necessities.
448: House of style
The newly open Marunouchi Building is drawing legions of eager shoppers from
all over Japan
445: Present perfect
Tired of wasting your yen on last-minute gifts at duty free?
441: Toy story
Martin Webb tackles every parent's annual ennui and finds playthings that could
earn you more peace and quiet than you bargained for
437: Natural selection
Seven new "select shops" are giving style seekers an excuse to keep
433: Window shopping
Stephen Cotterill indulges his yen and peers into the retail oasis that is Glassarea
429: Jet, set, go!
With the holiday high season just around the corner, trendy travelers are in
hot pursuit of packing accessories
425: Loud and clear
No home is complete without a sound system, and for audiophiles, time at home
revolves around those little black boxes
421: Red brick revival
Once at the heart of Yokohama's bustling port industry, Akarenga Soko has a
new lease of life as an exclusive entertainment and retail complex
417: Eye browse
An eyewear boom has seen new stores open and old favorites prosper
413: Sporting goodies
409: Go Figure
An army of action figures
405: Puff 'n' Stuff
Tokyo's best cigar shops
Summer vacation dragging on and on? Martin Webb tackles
every parent's annual ennui and finds playthings that could
earn you more peace and quiet than you bargained for.
With the highest profile of any toy store in the city, Kiddy
Land is a Tokyo institution. Everything from Hello Kitty stamps
and stationery in the basement to air guns and radio-controlled
car on the fifth floor are sure to keep kids of all ages drooling
with delight. On weekends, a crowd of strollers converges at
the street-level stand dedicated to the hot character of the
moment and devours promotional giveaways being doled out by
cute girls in cute uniforms. Inside, toy lovers and tourists
fill the six floors-claustrophobic customers should beware of
the scrums at the Barbie Boutique and American Hero sections
on the third floor during peak kiddie-shopping hours (after
school and on weekends). But brave souls should find some comfort
in the fact that Kiddy Land is also an authorized moneychanger
and offers domestic and overseas shipping services.
Open 10am-6pm daily. 6-1-9 Jingumae,
Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3409-3431. Nearest stn: Meijijingumae, exit
Hakuhinkan Toy Park
A nine-floor tower of toys in the heart of the city, Hakuhinkan
Toy Park is a black hole that sucks up pocket money and generous
grown-ups' hard-earned yen. The fun starts in the basement with
the Club 67 boutique, where Licca-chan and Jenny doll enthusiasts
can pick up the trendy Pregnant Licca-chan, which includes a
card you send to the manufacturer in return for a baby and a
key to deflate the doll's stomach. Also on the underground level
are a Ticket Pia and Ticket Park, selling seats for the Japanese
shows performed at the in-store theater on the top floor. Four
other capacious floors are stacked high with toys, with the
store's selection of video games and jigsaw puzzles on the third
floor and Japanese dolls and teddy bears on the second floor
being among the best in the capital. Before taking home your
bundles of joy, refuel at the fifth- and sixth-floor tempura,
Italian, sumiyaki, sushi or steak restaurants.
Open 11am-8pm daily. 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3571-8008.
Nearest stn: Shinbashi, across from Ginza 9. www.hakuhinkan.co.jp/eng/info.htm
Toys "R" Us
There are few foreign residents of Tokyo unfamiliar with the
format of the world's most famous toy store chain. Its irresistible
formula of all imaginable playthings under one roof at hard-to-beat
prices has established Toys "R" Us as a firm favorite
of Joe Public on this side of the Pacific., too Recently the
chain has been making a big push into the collectors' market,
but it took striking exclusive deals with domestic toy manufacturers
and importers and collaborating on special models to finally
make the grade with toy nerds in Japan. With 42 stores in the
Kanto region there's sure to be one these massive warehouses
within easy access. The Isogo and Minato Mirai branches also
contain Studio Alice photo studios where you can get all that
sweetness and light dolled up (traditional Japanese costumes
are available) and captured on celluloid.
For shop listings see www.toysrus.co.jp/truj/english/stores/index.html
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this specialist bookstore
in one of Tokyo's chicest shopping districts-Jiyugaoka-is
a favorite among expat moms. Not always a children's shop,
Fiona began life as a regular bookstore with a comprehensive
kids' section. But thanks to the efforts of a diligent buyer,
it now features a world-class assortment of English children's
books in addition to a relaxing interior and impeccable service.
Picture books, juvenile fiction, activity books, science books
and kits, educational materials, CD-ROMs, audio cassettes
and parenting manuals are all on the shelves here, in English,
and come with expert advice for guardians at a literary loss.
Open 11am-8pm daily. 5-41-5 Okusawa,
Setagaya-ku. Nearest stn: Jiyugaoka, towards Den-en-Chofu.
Tel: 03-3721-8186. www.fiona.co.jp
This Osaka-based retailer is Japan's number one specialist
in baby goods, maternity wear and other preschool-related
items. The biggest and most easily accessible outlet in Tokyo
is the Gotanda-ten (which offers a free shuttle bus from Gotanda
station), but with 19 stores in the Kanto region an Akachan
Honpo is never too far from home. On weekends young mothers
flock to this oasis for baby buggies, diapers, baby clothes
and, of course, toys. It's all no-frills and no thrills, but
low prices, broad selection and friendly staff are the selling
points here. Don't be astonished when the cashier refuses
to accept your credit card-standard practice here is to let
them debit directly from your bank account using an ATM card.
Those with a bun in the oven may want to pick up the mail-order
catalog, a good way to save time and stress at the store by
deciding what you want before you set off.
5F T.O.C. Bldg, 7-22-17 Nishi Gotanda,
Shinagawa-ku. Nearest stn: Osaki-hirokoji, Ikegami line, or
Gotanda, on Sakurada street. Tel: 03-3779-0365. Also Kinshicho,
Itabashi, Odaiba. www.akachan.co.jp
If you're a progressive parent, and like to give your kids
something constructive to do, making the trip to Kamata is
a must. Yuzawaya doesn't fit into the standard category of
a toy store; it's more a craft-supply complex with more than
ten multistory outlets selling art, needlework, hobby supplies,
stationery and knickknacks. Myriad displays of everything
from paper, brushes, beads and fabric to noren panels and
silk flowers-the list is never-ending-are sure to get your
offspring's gray matter churning with activity. Adults are
also sure to be spellbound and might even be inspired to take
up collage, batik or watercolor-be warned! For ¥500, you
can get a Yuzawaya members' card entitling you to discounts
at any store in the complex. But be sure to bring cash, as
credit cards are not accepted, and remember to pay for items
on the floor on which they are displayed.
Open 10am-7pm daily. 8-23-5 Nishi-Kamata, Ota-ku. Tel: 3738-4141
or 3734-0010. Nearest stn: Kamata, south exit. JR Keihin Tohoku,
Tokyu Meguro or Ikegami lines.
Perhaps the US's most successful and enduring cultural export,
Disney has been driving the Japanese dizzy with delight for
as long as anyone can remember. If you don't feel up to traipsing
along with the hoi polloi to the theme parks in Chiba, don't
despair. More convenient, inner-city stores abound. The sinister
Shibuya flagship store, a black marble tower, is host to an
endless swarm of teenage girls seeking to satisfy their craving
for the kawaii. Consistently rated as Japan's best-loved character
for over a decade, Winnie the Pooh (Puu-san) has his own "Just
Pooh" corner on the first floor. Everyone has a soft spot
for at least one character from the Disney pantheon-go on, admit
it-and they're all here, including latest editions Sulley, Mike
and Boo from Monsters Inc.
Open 11am-8pm daily. 20-15 Udagawa-cho,
Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3461-3932. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Also Kita
Senju stn, Odaiba Aqua City Mall, Ikebukuro Sunshine Alpa, Ikebukuro
Photo credit: Anatole Papafilippou