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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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433: Window shopping
Stephen Cotterill indulges his yen and peers into the retail oasis that is Glassarea
429: Jet, set, go!
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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
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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
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405: Puff 'n' Stuff
Tokyo's best cigar shops
Arts and crafts movement
Trina OHara goes in search of the Japanese creative
Many tourists and expatriates in Tokyo quickly identify one
or two shops, like Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando, as their
favorite places to pick up Japanese-style souvenirs, gifts
or interior decorations. Often its guidebooks that help
them choose these stores based on how easy they are to access,
the range of goods displayed, and foreigner friendliness.
But Tokyo has many other crafts shops just waiting to be discovered.
And as recent media reports suggest, the country has become
a cultural dynamoa creative powerhouse of
artists, fashion designers, animators and avant-garde architects.
This means that us lucky residents get to choose from even
more intriguing, groovy, and satisfying handmade and traditional
goods. Read on for five places to start your search.
Corazón and Corazón
A short walk from Oriental Bazaar is this small, funky store
attached to the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry. Its
a must-visit for anyone wanting to take home a wearable reminder
of the exuberance and color to be found in Harajuku, the heart
of Tokyos fashion experience. The college offers the
only jewelry education program in Japan, and is recommended
by the likes of De Beers, Platinum Guild International and
the World Gold Council.
Corazón and Corazón stocks all manner of contemporary
jewelry and wearable art designed by students.
Items include rings, pendants, bangles, bracelets, necklaces,
earrings, hairpins, hatpins and brooches. Youll find
delicate rings made from antique kimono fabric, knitted wire
necklaces with a Harajuku twist, sinister Gothic-looking brass
knuckles, and even plastic rings with what appears to be the
sketch of a diamond ring etched into them. Those on a pilgrimage
to find the ultimate gift should jump in before an undiscovered
talent becomes an overnight sensation. Many graduates go on
to have their own studio and gallery exhibitions. Most items
are priced within the ¥3,000 to ¥20,000 range.
5-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-3499-0300. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm, closed
Sun and hols. Nearest stn: Harajuku (opposite Freshness Burger
on Cat Street).
Minami Aoyama 291 (Fu-Ku-I)
A short walk in the opposite direction, behind the well-known
Spiral building, is Minami Aoyama 291. In a city known for
its intense, crowded shopping experience, this shop will help
slow your pace to a relaxed heartbeat. Whether its the
spaciousness, the delicate presentation of products, or the
warm glow of paper lanterns, this attractive space radiates
Minami Aoyama 291 is in fact a business support center for
the promotion, exhibition and sale of artistic and cultural
talent from the Fukui region (which gives rise to the pun
in the shops name). Items on offer include traditional
products, including Wakasa agate handiwork and Echizen lacquerware,
beautiful collections of bowls, plates, hashi, and hashi-oki
for those wanting something different. Shoppers can also find
stunning examples of traditional paper, knives and china.
Other interesting items include frames for glasses, umbrellas,
sake and sweets.
The strength, dignity and superb craftsmanship in all the
pieces make Minami Aoyama 291 well worth a visit. Most items
are between ¥300 and ¥20,000.
5-4-41 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel 03-5778-0291. Open Wed-Mon
10am-8pm, closed Tue. Nearest stn: Omotesando, exit B3.
Bingoya Folk Craft Shop
Bingoya lies further afieldpast Shinjuku on the Oedo
subway linebut if youre looking for the quintessential
Japanese gift, its the most impressive, enjoyable store
for traditional crafts in all of Tokyo. All six floors pay
homage to the simple, handmade things at the heart of Japanese
culture and everyday life: pottery, dyed and woven fabrics,
bamboo and woodwork, lacquerware, straw items, metalwork,
paper and glassware, dolls, folk toys and folk art furniture.
Its hard to know where to look first.
As a result, everybody will enjoy this store. Children will
love the toy floor, while ceramics enthusiasts can head to
the pottery level to enjoy shapes and patterns seen only here.
Cultural explorers will go for the eclectic mix of items on
the top floor, and interior decorators will revel in a host
of fabrics, cushions and curtains.
Bingoya selects the best traditional handicrafts from all
over Japan. Its a must-see for those who appreciate
mingei (the peoples art) and Japanese aesthetics. A
trip to this store will revitalize an appreciation not only
for old Japan but for new Japandid you know that fashion
designer Issey Miyake receives inspiration for his designs
Bingoya ships items overseas and credit cards are accepted.
10-6 Wakamatsu-cho, Shinjuku-ku.
Tel: 03-3202-8778. Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm, closed Mon. Nearest
stn: Oedo line, Wakamatsu-Kawada stn.
Tsuchi No Hana
Near Minami Aoyama 291, towards Aoyama Gakuin and behind an
all-glass faÁade that makes it instantly recognizable,
is this gallery and shop, whose name means flower of
the earth. A great place to find exquisite, Zen-like
ceramics, Tsuchi No Hana has a front window displaying beautiful
ceramics on giant slabs of wood. Inside, shoppers will find
pure white sake vessels wrapped in delicate glazes, elegant
sushi platters, porcelain bowls, plates, dishes, cups and
vases. Upstairs is a gallery exhibition space. The shops
two floors pay attention to quiet ceramic forms
that might get lost in any other store but this one.
Terrace Minami-Aoyama, 5-11-22 Minami-Aoyama.
Tel: 03-3400-1013. Open Mon-Sat noon-7pm, closed Sun and hols.
Nearest stn: Omotesando (on Aogakukaikan, the street running
off Aoyama Dori beside Aoyama Gakuin).
Yamada Heiando Lacquerware
Located in fashionable Daikanyama, Yamada Heiando Lacquerware
is a retailer famous for having served Japans imperial
In the past, Japanese lacquerware was purchased as gifts for
weddings and other social occasions. The range of items was
fairly limited and traditional. Standard prices fell between
¥3,000 and ¥5,000. Recently, though, designers
have developed lacquerware for a wider range of uses, and
their work has taken on more contemporary forms while utilizing
modern techniques. In turn, price ranges have broadened. Yamada
Heiando sells the very best examples of bowls, cups, plates,
spoons, boxes, trays, and utensils from the lacquer centers
of Wajima, Echizen, Yamanaka and Takaoka. Yamada Heiandos
items make excellent corporate gifts.
1F G Block, Hillside Terrace, Daikanyama.
Tel. 03-3464-5541. Open daily 10:30am-6:30pm. Nearest stn:
Credits:Courtesy of Corazón
and Corazón/Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry