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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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
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.
Open 11am-8pm. 1-14-29 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5775-2506.
Nearest stn: Harajuku, Yoyogi Park exit, next to Oshman's.
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.
Open 11am-8pm. 5-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3498-3260.
Nearest stn: Omotesando exit A1, next to Paul Stuart.
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
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.
Vintage Japanese clothing. Open 11am-8pm. B1 Annex Bldg.,
6-31-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-349-5017. Nearest stn:
Meijijingumae, exit A4.
Vintage kimono. Open 11am-8pm. 1-9-1 Higashi Tabata, Kita-ku.
Tel: 03-3800-2288. Nearest stn: Tabata, north exit, near Hotel
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.
|Vintage kimono Hayashi
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
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/
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