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
Hanna Kite checks out five Tokyo jewelers that offer the
perfect setting for your next shopping excursion.
The urge to wear jewelry, it seems, is an ancient human instinct.
Pick any society, and thousands of years agowhether
it was in Egypt, Rome, or Chinathe people there hinted
at their wealth with stone, pearl, silver or gold doodads.
For Tokyoites in 2004, little has changed. And as the area
of bare skin increases the closer we move towards summer,
a well-placed necklace or bracelet can be the dramatic centerpiece
for any outfit. (No, a baby-blue iPod doesnt count.)
Original jewelry can be found in almost any clothing boutique
now. Changes United Arrows and Lingerie Aqua Girl, featured
recently in these pages, are two good examples. The five stores
below, however, specialize in the craft and offer a wider
selection of one-of-a-kind jewels. If youre the type
to be disappointed when you encounter the same ring at Kichijojis
Marui that you did in underground Nishi-Ginza, then these
are the stores for you.
Akemi Saito was a college student when she first started
selling jewelry outside Pierrot, a Shimokitazawa used-clothing
store that transforms into a live music space at night. Three
years later she decided to open up her own shop, and she didnt
travel very far from homeher new location is kitty-corner
to Pierrot and Saito still sells there every night. Once a
year, though, she flies across the Pacific to buy wares from
her favorite silver jewelers in Mexico. The pieces she selects
both stand the test of time and defy trends of the moment.
Funky bracelets, earrings, and rings for both men and women
fill Silver Countys jewelry boxes. Pierrot, unfortunately,
will be closing its tarps soon, but its our guess that
Silver County will be around a while longer.
3F OT Bldg, 2-14-1 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku.
Tel: 03-5300-9101. Open Mon-Fri 6pm-midnight, Sat-Sun 3pm-midnight
(occasionally later). Nearest stn: Shimokitazawa.
Note to future husband, wherever you are: Please buy engagement
ring at en soleillé. Blessed with one of the most distinctive
silver jewelry selections in town, en soleillés
is for the almost-grown-up girl in all of us. The subtle variations
that result from using different stones, and the angles and
curves of each product, never fail to surprise. The shop also
has some of the best crosses, dangly earrings and pinky rings
weve ever seen. Owner Akemi Jitsuta explains that the
stores name was inspired by a phrase she heard on a
trip to Spain; en soleillé means a place in the
sun. All the jewelry is imported from Europe, and en
soleillé will have a one-year anniversary sale starting
May 1. All customers will receive a small gift.
1F Sky Plaza, 2-13-2 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku.
Tel: 03-3718-8290. Open Tue-Mon 11am-8pm, closed Wed. Nearest
Karako is better known as a haven for incense and furniture
from Bali, but at their Jiyugaoka store the second floor is
filled with beaded jewelry. Half do-it-yourself bead school
and half craft gallery, Karako has a variety of goods ranging
from ¥3,000 rings to a ¥48,000 wedding necklace.
Also in the upper range are necklaces like the ¥45,000
Red Berry, a fruity creation of ruby, cherry quartz, and coralone-of-a-kind
does not even begin to describe the piece. Matching earrings
are ¥18,000. The more expensive goods, besides being
painstakingly crafted, are made with antique beads and hard-to-find
stones. To save money, customers can wipe off almost ¥1,500
off their bill by making some of the rings or necklaces themselves;
beginner kits are available starting at ¥1,000. Necklaces
and other jewelry can also be made to order.
1-35-9 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku. Tel:
03-3717-5965. Open daily 11am-8pm. Nearest stn: Jiyugaoka.
Jewelry Clinic Putaha
Have you received that lecture from your parents about recycling?
That plea from the older generation to not throw everything
away? Well, heres your chance to respond. As you might
guess from its name, Jewelry Clinic fixes and mends old jewelry
thats either lost its charm or needs to be adjusted
for new finger sizes. Chief Manager Manabu Koda explains that
Putaha can take the stones off an old ring and rearrange them
into a pair of earrings. It all depends on what the customer
wants. Putaha has several photo albums of photographs for
inspiration. Service is key heretea has never been whipped
out for browsing customers so fast. Putaha, incidentally,
is the name of the ancient Egyptian god of craftsman.
2-15-9 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku. Tel:
03-3725-4230. Open Thu-Tue 11am-7pm, closed Wed. Nearest stn:
Atelier Magic Theater
Magic Theater is the jewelry store for those with an obsession
for beautiful stones. While the shops plain silver pieces
are exquisite, those with gems have so much depth that looking
at them is almost like staring into someones eyes. Magic
Theaters silver and wood inlay work is also quite rare
in Tokyo. The shop is run by three friends, who craft each
of their pieces in-store, and who feel their jewelry reflects
a special Asian spirituality; their designs, however, are
universal. Popular with residents of neighboring Sakura Houses
Harajuku location, Magic Theater accepts online orders in
English, and custom orders are also welcome.
3-20-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-3478-5534. Open daily noon-8pm. Nearest stn: Harajuku or
Photos by Hanna Kite, Martin