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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.

 

 BUYLINE
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
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
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Oriental express

This summer, all things Asian are hot stuff. Martin Webb finds out how to get the look without breaking the bank.

The big labels are pushing Far Eastern looks hard this season, as kimono tops, cheongsam and silky bomber jackets were seen on the runways of Dior and Prada, while Gucci's ultra-controversial ad campaign features a silken kimono top. But those who call the region home can avoid paying designer prices; the real things abound in Tokyo for a fraction of the cost.

 

Silken souvenir jackets
Vintage souvenir jackets from GIs who were based in Japan or Korea after the Second World War have long been highly prized collectors items here in Tokyo. This season, updated versions and vintage copies are everywhere, cunningly combining the catwalks' military and Oriental trends. Trendsetting heartthrob Justin Timberlake wore one on stage for his recent Tokyo mini-tour and Brad Pitt has been spotted sporting a mean-looking dragon version.

For the genuine article-GI sizes only-head to vintage emporium Santa Monica, where prices start at ¥75,000. Ladies looking for a more affordable alternative might want to follow the lead of pop idols Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Pink, who have all been seen wearing satin bombers from LA brand Orient Express. These delicately embroidered jackets are replicas of USAF originals men's (¥29,800) and ladies' (¥19,800). A good budget alternative for guys is available at Comme Ca spin-off Artisan, where reversible satin numbers featuring ukiyoe-inspired embroidery are priced at (¥33,000). For a more lightweight take, pick up a slinky embroidered T-shirt (¥6,000) from Aoyama basement boutique Hi-Fidelity.

 

Souvenir jackets

Artisan
Open 11am-8pm. 1-14-29 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5775-2506. Nearest stn: Harajuku, Yoyogi Park exit, next to Oshman's.

Hi-Fidelity
Open noon-8pm. B1F Noside Bldg, 5-2-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5774-6961. Nearest stn: Omotesando exit A1, next to Max & Co.

Pointer Art Gallery
Open 11am-8pm. 6-32-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5774-4348. Nearest stn: Meijijingumae exit A4, behind Vivienne Tam.

Santa Monica
Open 11am-8pm. 5-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3498-3260. Nearest stn: Omotesando exit A1, next to Paul Stuart.

 

Kimono tones
Continuing the relaxed bohemian mood of winter's belted cardigans, robe-like kimono gowns are a wardrobe essential this season. Green and pink are the key colors for this flattering item, which can be worn as a light jacket on crisp spring evenings or paired with a tank top and jeans or an A-line skirt. Try getting into the hanami spirit with a blossom-printed slinky silk or satin number like this vintage juban with sakura, ume, Fuji, and botan floral motifs (¥3,900 from Chicago).

Shocking pink juban from Chicago

Getting dressed up in a kimono is great fun and can offer a fascinating insight into the mindset of Japanese women of ages past. While department stores all have a wide selection of kimono-silhouetted blouses, cheongsam and frog closure shirts, a trip to a Japanese vintage store can yield some great finds like obi-style belts, kimono fabric scarves and fan accessories. As a souvenir, gift, home decoration or fashion item, Japan's wearable heritage is available at one of these stores.

 

Kimono

Chicago
Vintage Japanese clothing. Open 11am-8pm. B1 Annex Bldg., 6-31-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-349-5017. Nearest stn: Meijijingumae, exit A4.

Fukusukedo
Vintage kimono. Open 11am-8pm. 1-9-1 Higashi Tabata, Kita-ku. Tel: 03-3800-2288. Nearest stn: Tabata, north exit, near Hotel Mets.

Hayashi Kimono
Open 11am-6:30pm. International Arcade, 2-1-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku. Tel: 03-3501-4012. Nearest stn: Ginza, exit C1, under train tracks, behind Imperial Hotel.

Gallery Kawano
Vintage kimono Hayashi Kimono

Vintage kimono and fabrics. Open noon-8pm. 102 Flats-Omotesando, 4-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3470-3305. Nearest stn: Omotesando A2, across from Royal Host. www.gallery-kawano.com

Ichinokura
Vintage kimono and accessories. Open 11am-8pm. 103A Via Harajuku, 1-15-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5474-2281. Nearest stn: Harajuku, Takeshita dori, behind Matsumoto Kiyoshi. http://plaza20.mbn.or.jp/~ichinokura/

Lounge
Made-to-order kimono remakes. 2F Fuji Mansion, 3-12-2 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3498-7345. Nearest stn: Omotesando, exit B2, behind Kinokuniya.

Photo credit: Anatole Papafilippou

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