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Shop List
Armani Jeans Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-5475-1751.
Aromatherapy Associates Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-3447-1400.
Badan Baru Open: 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 035424-6661.
Benugo Open 7am-9:30pm. Tel: 03-5475-5371.
Camper Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 035423-4579.
Hug Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 035449-8989.
Ku Croissant Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-5793-5150.
Le Chinois Club Open 11am-10pm. Tel: 03-5447-1688.
Les -ereides Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-5789-0608.
Niwaka Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-3443-2030.
Pal'las Palais Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-3473-1198.
R gath Open 11am-9pm. Tel: 03-5447-1838.
Samsonite Black Label Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-5420-2880.
Synchro Crossings Open 11am-7:30pm. Tel: 03-5789-9726.
Jai Thai Palace Open 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm. Tel: 03-5793-5100.


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.
Ash 03-3770-3755
Clinique TCA
Club Boy Beau
Crunch 03-5459-123-
Dr. Allen Leroy Robinson
Hair Dressers Archecal 03-0449-6106
Hayato New York 03-3498-9113
Japan Electrolysis Clinic (Ginza)
Maiko Make Over Studio Shiki
My Boo Nail Salon 03-5428-1121
Neal's Yard Natural Therapy Center
Roksen Bar Cosmetic 03-5658-7675
Sin Den
Takagi Skin Clinic
Tokyo Skin Clinic
Toni&Guy Japan 03-3797-5790
Watanabe Hair Dressing 03-3405-1188
Who Ga 03-5570-1773

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
Tokyo’s hottest T-shirt shops boast designs by some of Japan’s 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 O’Hara goes in search of the Japanese creative spirit.
519: Bra-vo
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 it’s a rooftop barbecue, a riverside picnic or an afternoon stroll, there will be times this summer when you’ll want to keep the sun off your face. †Martin Webb hunts down Tokyo’s 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 city’s cultural hub. This is the consumer capital of the world, and it’s 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 Valentine’s 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 spending
433: Window shopping
Stephen Cotterill indulges his yen and peers into the retail oasis that is Glassarea Aoyama
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
Shibuya sportswear
409: Go Figure
An army of action figures
405: Puff 'n' Stuff
Tokyo's best cigar shops

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.

addictive baggage at B Jirushi Yoshida

The Beams team has a swagger in its step these days as shoppers hungry for streetwise clobber and funky home fittings flock to its smart stores from here to Hokkaido. Not content with hogging a huge portion of the new Marunouchi Building, Beams is now behind a neat little cluster of seven stores in well-heeled style-freak hangout Daikanyama.


P.O.V. Beams
Tropical shopping in P.O.V. Beams

This two-story store’s modern pine and aluminum interior is clearly a winner: P.O.V. Beams is the busiest of any of the newly opened outlets here. On the first floor, design-led womenswear in a sedate pastel palette and an affordable selection of jewelry are pulling in crowds of hip young things. Up on the second floor, Beams’ very own casual menswear project, DIS, makes its debut, and is mixed in with the kind of wallets, chains and gadgets 20-something guys go gaga for. Easily offended shoppers should beware the pornographic poster behind the counter.


Photo credits: Nathan Shanahan/Modern Life Is,.

Final Home, Paul Frank and Diesel’s 55DSL are just some of the names behind the colorful goodies available here. The store is dominated by two enormous palm trees, and a 20-foot glass wall lets in light all day, adding to the breezy, tropical atmosphere. Beams Boy’s first ever clothing line for men was launched here last month, and a collaboration with sports brand Champion has produced some great-looking training tops and sweatpants that are sure to be big hits this summer.


Japan’s answer to Louis Vuitton, Yoshida Kaban equips everyone from office workers to schoolgirls with their simple and practical nylon bags. The result of a brand new collaborative outing with street trend leaders Beams, this store carries a broad selection of exclusive “double name” items along with Yoshida’s staple: lightweight bags with their signature orange lining. The phenomenal power of this unimposing label is not easy to grasp until you’ve experienced owning one of its indestructible creations.


High-tech T-shirts at Beam T

Nobody beats Beams when it comes to T-shirts, and after the runaway success of the Harajuku branch, the second Beams T joins the family of stores here. A mechanical rotating rack conveys a selection of funky designs along two sides of this second-floor hotbed of graphic design talent. From witty visual gags to wacky cartoon characters, bold slogans to intricate graphics that will make you squint, the world’s favorite garment is on sale here in a gamut of guises.


This British streetwear brand has finally opened a store in Japan after four very successful years in the US. The walls of the store are covered in graffiti and some of the highlights here include murals, customized skateboards and T-shirts featuring the work of top London-based street artists, including down-from-day-one legend Solo One. The clothing comes in classic navy, khaki and white, and many items have detachable branding in the form of enamel pins and Velcro tabs. This is also one of the only places in Japan to get your hands on the cult graffiti art magazine Graphotism as Boxfresh make street art the focus of their worldwide expansion.


Frapbois's serene store

Somber and loose-fitting is the signature look of Frapbois designer Eri Utsugi, leading light of Tokyo’s new wave of fashion talent. Her immense popularity among Japan’s more thoughtful fashion consumers has given this understated fashion project the impetus to open a string of new stores nationwide, the latest and most attractive of which is right here. The walls, shelves and floors of the two-story store are made from wood that looks as though it’s been salvaged from an ancient pirate ship, and treasure chest-like display units also add to the maritime ambience. The eerie music and weird yet wearable clothing make this a singular shopping experience.


Daughter of Francis Ford Coppola of Godfather fame, Sophia Coppola has had Tokyo’s girliest followers of fashion in the palm of her hand since the 1994 launch of her Milk Fed label. Cute and casual, the look is dubbed “California Cool” but is nowhere more at home than in the cafes and malls of Daikanyama. The pink-and-cream color scheme screams Tokyo teen style, and the clientele are appropriately young and sprightly. The store displays apparel on the first floor, while the second acts as a gallery and outlet for art books, CDs and trinkets branded with the pink Milk Fed logo.

All stores open 11am-8pm every day except the third Wednesday of the month.


Get the goods

19-7 Sarugaku-cho. Tel: 03-5428-5955.

19-6 Sarugaku-cho. Tel: 03-5428-5951.

BEAMS T Daikanyama.
19-6 Sarugaku-cho. Tel: 03-5428-5952.

Shibuya-ku, Sarugaku-cho. 19-4. Tel: 03-5728-3302.

FRAPBOIS 19-5 Sarugaku-cho. Tel: 03-5459-2625.

Heaven 27
19-5 Sarugaku-cho. Tel: 03-3780-6627.

19-7 Sarugaku-cho. Tel: 1F 03-5428-5953, 2F 03-5428-5954.