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
House of style
The newly open Marunouchi Building is drawing legions
of eager shoppers from all over Japan. Martin Webb fights
through the crowds to report.
Last month, Tokyo's newest temple to capitalism flung
open its doors to the masses. The Marunouchi Building, popularly
known as Maru Biru, is the concrete manifestation of corporate
giant Mitsubishi Holdings' approach to 21st-century
Japan. Billed as an ultra-modern, multipurpose space, the
37-story, 180-meter skyscraper houses 140 cafés, restaurants
and shops, as well as offices, conference halls, academic
suites, event venues and gardens.
In homage to the previous Maruonuchi Building-an eight-story
structure built in 1922 as Tokyo's first modern office
building-the architects preserved parts of the original
architecture and added to the already impressive earthquake-proof
design. They also created a layer of vegetation over the roof
of the lower floors to combat the urban heat-island effect.
In just one month, Maru Biru has seen a host of art, music
and design events draw hordes of shoppers from all over Japan
into the complex, injecting some much needed vitality into
this once sedate and gray business district.
From the ground up
The rush starts down in the basement-level food court, home
to a host of tempting treats. San Francisco Italian dessert
store C3 and Belgian chocolatier Debailleul vie for customers
with healthier rivals like Bagel K, Ying Kee Tea House and
focaccia specialist Garbagnati. Apart from mouthwatering luxuries,
essential services like a post office, bank, copy center,
florist and photo lab are here alongside gift stores and a
handful of boutiques. Also on hand is age-old expatriate favorite
the American Pharmacy, where slimming tablets are available
to help you lose the pounds gained at the food court.
sleek 37-story Maru Biru is changing the face of Marunouchi
In the cavernous ground-level Maru Cube section, shoppers
can watch themselves on monitors mounted in silver, tear-shaped
sculptures suspended from the ceiling. Next door to busy eatery-cum-event
space Café Ease is artistic accessory specialist H.P.
Bijoux. The giant alien teddy bears in the window display
should prepare you for the wild and wonderful interior goods,
bags and jewelry on offer inside the gallery-like store. Super-trendy
boutique Beams gets the biggest space on the floor. The fashion
buyers from this store are world-renowned for their expert
eye, so be sure to take a look. Adding a touch of business
savvy to the space is financial media giant Bloomberg's
interactive gallery and showroom space.
Second-floor highlights include sharp shoe store Grappe Bannister
and ultra-cool ladies' boutique Aquagirl, but the biggest
draw has to be The Conran Shop, which in fact spills up onto
the third floor. "Plain," "simple"
and "useful" are interior design mogul Terence
Conran's watchwords, and the home furnishings and accessories
here meet these prerequisites with miles of style to spare.
More fashion names on the third floor include Theory, United
Arrows, Anteprima and Yoshida Kaban. Lingerie, plants, spectacles,
gifts, bags and a hair salon are among the 19 outlets on the
fourth and final retail floor. For those looking for more
cerebral fare, Yamano Music offers a wealth of CDs and DVDs
while Maruzen stocks thousands of Japanese books and magazines,
plus a handful of foreign titles.
Style meets substance
For shoppers who are done with their well-deserved sprees
and feeling peckish, the only way is up. Foreign fare from
California, Hawaii, France, Italy and Vietnam is available
on the fifth floor. An impressive array of Far Eastern cuisine-everything
from tofu to tonkatsu, and sushi to sumibiyaki-takes
pride of place on the sixth floor. More formal affairs-requiring
a reservation, sartorial preparation and plenty of cash-take
place on the 35th and 36th floors, which command a magisterial
view of the metropolis. (The same view forced the Imperial
Agency to re-landscape the palace gardens to shield the royal
family from the prying eyes of diners and the 4,000 Mitsubishi
employees based in the office section of the building.)
|Checking out the latest
styles at the third-floor Pool Side
Mitsubishi Holdings reports that the number of visitors to
the building has exceeded all expectations, with an excess
of 1 million making the trip in the opening month. Embattled
shoppers and staff testify to the fact that the building is
a little too popular, but after one visit the reasons are
clear: Maru Biru offers an unrivaled day out for sophisticated
Shops open 11am-9pm Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm
Sun and hols; restaurants open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm
Sun and hols. 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku. Tel: 03-5218-5100.
Nearest stn: Tokyo. www.marubiru.jp
Photo credit: Courtesy of
Marubiru, Tama Miyake