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
The write stuff
Hanna Kite takes notes at Tokyo's finest pen and
Besides runny noses, fall weather also carries with it a
more contemplative mood. It's the season that our inner
writer leads us to the window-side desk with a cup of tea
and pen and paper. Kawaii Japanese letter sets are a dime
a dozen, but when you're jotting in a journal, composing
a long letter, or giving the gift of words this autumn, the
corner stationery store and ¥100 yen shop just won't
do. Listen carefully and let the delicate scratching of a
fountain pen on handmade paper lead you to these five stationery
boutiques in Ginza and Aoyama.
Pen Boutique Shosaikan Aoyama
Shosaikan (pictured above) is one of those stores that reminds
foreigners and internationally minded Japanese why they're
living in Tokyo. The harmony of its architecture, lighting
and displays creates a breathtaking backdrop for a distinctive
collection of 25,000 antique stationery products, including
blotters and inkwells dating from the 1890s to the 1920s.
Shosaikan's well-trained staff can help customers find
a fountain pen that suits them, whether it's a Parker
and Waterman for those who press very firmly as they write
or, for lefties, an Omas or Pelican pen with a softer, thinner
nib. Like the best specialty stores, Shosaikan is a tad hard
to find: If you're walking from Omotesando station
towards Shibuya on Aoyama Dori, turn left at Max Mara and
walk three blocks until you see the Nikka Whiskey sign. The
side street leading to Shosaikan is directly across the street.
Panse Bldg 1F, 5-13-11 Minami-Aoyama,
Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3400-3377. Open daily 11am-8pm. www.shosaikan.co.jp
Downstairs from the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art near
Gaienmae station is On Sundays, one of Tokyo's best
museum shops and one that stands alone as a premier stationery
store stocking uniquely arty items. In addition to handmade
greeting cards (some decorated with beads, eggshells, and
kiri-e), 31 types of marbled paper, letter sets, and designer-quality
portfolio files, On Sundays's most impressive selection
is its art and photography postcards-over 10,000 types,
organized alphabetically by artist. On Sundays has for the
past 13 years commissioned local designers to create original
day-planner covers; 2004's selection is already on
sale. Other unique gifts stored in On Sundays's ceiling-high
wooden cabinets and shelves include seal, gorilla, and goat
facemasks, confetti, and travel games. A café and bookstore
are located downstairs.
3-7-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-3470-1424. Open daily 11am-8pm, until 9pm on Wed. Nearest
stns: Gaienmae or Meijijingumae. www.watarium.co.jp
Spread out over several buildings and occupying numerous
floors, Ito-ya is the Kinokuniya of stationery stores. Their
Ginza location comprises three buildings for a total of 18
floors of design materials, personal organizers, office supplies,
picture frames and, during winter, a beautiful selection of
imported Christmas cards. One of their most impressive features
is a collection of over 600 types of fountain and ball-point
pens on the M floor of the main building. Ito-ya stocks Mount
Blanc, Cartier and Caran d'Ache, but its prize is the
Pilot Namiki line, a foreign-targeted brand that Ito-ya spent
over two years convincing Pilot to sell domestically. Namiki
pens (up to ¥1.5 million) are decorated with exquisitely
detailed raised lacquer work that can only be completed by
two or three artisans in Japan. Another Ito-ya specialty:
anyone waiting to enter their doors before they open each
morning is greeted with free hot coffee. (Cold tea is served
in the summer.) Ito-ya also cleans and services fountain pens.
2-7-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3561-8311.
Open Mon- Fri: 10am-7pm, Sun and hols 10:30am-7pm. Nearest
stn: Ginza. www.ito-ya.co.jp
The ground for the first Kyukyodo store was broken in 1633
in the Teramachi district of Kyoto by a descendent of a warrior
whose deeds are chronicled in The Tale of the Heike. More
than 300 years later, Kyukyodo still stocks incense, sumi
ink, and calligraphy brushes. But they also sell rubber stamps
in kanji and English, washi photo frames, and gold wedding
albums. Customers are just as apt to be foreign tourist groups
strolling Ginza's Chuo Dori as kimono-clad women looking
for that perfect New Year's card, scroll hanger, or
shrine book. The first floor of Kyukyodo's main Ginza
branch stocks more than 250 different rolls of washi in every
color and style imaginable, from delicate two-color patterns
and in-your-face sakura motifs to thick lacquer-like red and
black paper. Washi letter sets and more expensive Chinese
types for calligraphy are also on offer.
7-4-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3571-4429.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-7:30pm, Sun and hols 11am-7pm. Nearest stn:
One symbol of status and success is a star-topped Montblanc
pen clip just visible in a breast pocket, but the high-end
brand has just pushed its logo design to another level. On
their new StarWalker series, the six-pointed star literally
floats in a transparent cap, and the bodies of the pens are
a sleek black resin with three platinum stripes around the
middle. The StarWalker stays away from Montblanc's
typical-and sometimes a tad corny-composer-
and musician-themed series. The ballpoint twist-in pen runs
close to ¥30,000, while the nib of the fountain pen
version comes in four different widths. Montblanc's
small-scale, two-story boutique, tucked in the back streets
of Ginza, doesn't stock the new diamond-inlaid gold
or platinum Palm Pilot stylus, but their other products are
a stylish option for those impossible-to-find male gifts.
Check Montblanc's website for details and for their
three other Tokyo locations.
7-5-9 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-5568-8881.
Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-8pm, Sun and hols 11am-6:30pm. Nearest
stn. Ginza. www.montblanc.com
by Martin Hladik