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
Tired of wasting your yen on last-minute gifts at duty
free? Martin Webb comes to the rescue with original and exotic
omiyage sure to impress the folks back home.
Japan's ancient warrior culture is what first attracts
many to the Land of the Rising Sun. But owning a piece of
this menacing past is a privilege that could cost you an arm
and a leg-unless you know where to look. Tokyo has
a number of shops specializing in antique swords and high-quality
replicas, in addition to intricately ornamented katana parts:
menuki (pommel), tsuba (hilt) and fuchigashira (grip charm).
Standard sword-shopping procedure involves sitting at a low
table while the master shows off his prized wares. If he takes
a shine to you, he may even let you handle some of the impressive
implements. Antique swords tend to start around ¥600,000,
replicas from about ¥50,000. Lacquered samurai armor
and scowling masks also make for good buys.
A good first stop on any katana quest, this venerable shop
has knowledgeable English-speaking staff
Open 9am-6pm. 3-8-1 Toranomon, Minto-ku.
Tel: 03-3434-4321. Nearest stn: Toranomon, exit A1. www.japansword.co.jp
Situated on Ginza's best street for Japanese crafts,
Token Shibata features fine replicas such as a twin sword
set, complete with saya (scabbards). Stands are also available
for a reasonable ¥39,900.
Open 10am-6:30pm. 5-6-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku.
Tel: 03-3573-2801. Nearest stn: Ginza exit A1, turn left past
Hanae Mori onto Suzuran Street.
Tucked under the Hanae Mori Building on Omotesando, Sokendo
sells sword replicas and parts, some up to 400 years old.
Its main store in Harajuku also holds occasional exhibitions;
the latest runs until Sept 23.
Open 11am-8pm. B1 Hanae Mori Bldg,
3-6-1 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3499-4898. Nearest stn:
Omotesando, exit A1.
Main store: Open 10am-7pm. Sokendo Bldg, 6-28-1 Jingumae,
Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3499-8040. Nearest stn: Meijijingumae,
exit A4, behind Levi's.
Robes to riches
Getting your hands on a custom-made kimono is an expensive
and time-consuming process for which shoppers are advised
to head to Ginza, Asakusa or Akasaka. For tourists with limited
time or residents on a budget, however, there are some clever
alternatives. Simply head to one of the many antique apparel
stores dotted around town, whice sell everything from cotton
yukata to intricate bridal kimono. There are also several
shops specializing in antique fabrics. With a bit of imagination,
you can turn these beautiful hand-dyed cloths into drapes,
wall hangings, cushion covers or fashion items.
This cheerful store is sure to appeal to any Japanophile.
Friendly female staff are on hand to advise shoppers on what
to buy and how to wear it.
Open 11am-8pm. International Arcade, 2-1-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku.
Tel: 03-3501-4012. Nearest stn: Ginza, exit C1, under train
tracks, behind Imperial Hotel.
A bustling basement bazaar of vintage clothes, Chicago has
a special section devoted to antique Japanese apparel. Vintage
kimono start from ¥4,800, juban (liner) from ¥2,900,
obi from ¥1,500, and tomesode (short-sleeve kimono)
Open 11am-8pm. B1F Olympia Annex Bldg, 6-31-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku.
Tel: 03-3409-5017. Nearest stn: Meiji Jingumae, exit A4.
This simple store is filled with antique Japanese fabrics.
Sift through the piles and racks of kimono, obi and haori
(overcoat), noren (curtains), festival banners, and flags.
Open 11am-8pm Thu-Tue. 102 Flats
Omotesando, 4-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3470-3305.
Nearest stn: Omotesando exit A2, turn right at McDonald's,
across from Royal Host.
A beautiful kimono hung on an oversized Japanese-style hanger
makes a beautiful wall covering, but for a more contemporary
feel, your friends and family are sure to love images from
Japan's vibrant popular culture. Step into yesteryear
with a visit to Asakusa's Maruberudo, which boasts
a treasure trove of posters bearing the likenesses of obscure
'60s soap stars. Or plunder the wealth of manga history
at Shibuya's Mandarake, the largest manga retailer
in the universe. Here you'll find scores of original
manga cells, postures and costumes, in addition to some of
the most dedicated salespeople around (purchase goods worth
¥1,000 or more and you may win a chance to take part
in one of their costumed stage shows).
Flick through the thousands of thumbnail photos of Japanese
singers, actors and actresses from the glorious past of Japan's
geinokai (celebrity world) and have your favorites blown up
to poster size.
Open 11am-7pm. 1-30-6 Asakusa, Taito-ku. Tel: 03-3844-1445.
Nearest stn: Asakusa.
A manga maniac's paradise, this comic dungeon store
stocks all manner of pre-owned manga from the '60s
up through last week. Figures, trading cards, original cells
from the production stage, costumes, posters and plastic models
are also for sale here.
Open noon-8pm. B2F Shibuya Beam Bldg,
31-2 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3477-0777. Nearest stn:
Shibuya, across from Tokyu Hands' Inokashira Street
If it's street cred you're looking for, look
no further than the back streets of Tokyo. DJ/Pepsi spokesman
Nigo's A Bathing Ape is still king of the swingers
in this neck of the woods, spawning everything from ladies'
brand Bapy to hip shoe store Footsoldier. Hot on Bape's
heels are a number of original hip hop labels like Balance,
Swagger, A.G. and Bounty Hunter, all of which are fast becoming
highly collectible too. Expect to be mobbed by envious street-fashion
freaks if you manage to get any items from these hype Tokyo
brands back home.
A Busy Workshop
Graphic designs on white T-shirts are the staple here, but
silky stadium jackets, baseball hats and belts and key fobs
are also big sellers. The Minami-Aoyama store houses the Bape
Gallery on the second floor.
Open 11am-8pm. 5-5-8 Minami-Aoyama,
Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3407-2145. Nearest stn: Omotesando exit
A5, next to Miu Miu.
Bape Harajuku: Open 11am-8pm. 4-28-22 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku.
Nearest stn: Meijijingumae. Tel: 03-5474-0204.
The latest addition to the Bathing Ape stable, Bapy is targeted
at the "busy working lady"-meaning sweet
young things in their late teens or early twenties. Three
narrow floors carry cute clothing, accessories, bath products
and grocery bags.
Open 11am-8pm. 3-6-5 Kita Aoyama,
Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5766-9177. Nearest stn: Omotesando exit
A1, behind Gucci.
A conveyer belt sends the latest footwear from the Bape posse
around this stark black store. Revival, retro styles in dozens
of colors under the "Bape Sta" label make almost
every shoe a rare object.
Open 11am-8pm. 1F Kinoshita Bldg,
3-7 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5784-1660. Nearest stn:
Daikanyama, on Hachiman Street, opposite Silas & Maria.
New and used gear from A Bathing Ape, Under Cover, Soph, W
taps, Head Porter, Bounty Hunter, Balance Wear Design and
other Japanese street brands, including rare collectible items,
stickers and accessories are here with, of course, hundreds
Open noon-8pm. 175-ban-kan Bldg.
1-7-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5770-5186. Nearest stn:
Harajuku, Takeshita exit, on Takeshita Street, past 7-Eleven.