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
Add a little spunk to your life at Tokyo's zakka
housewares shops. Hanna Kite visits five of the best.
Bottled green tea in Boston tastes pretty much the same as
it does from a vending machine in Shibuya. But no matter how
international our planet becomes, sometimes a certain something
can only be found one place on Earth. For interior-knickknack
devotees and accessory-minded folk, zakka, or "miscellaneous
goods" stores, are the cornerstone of life in Japan,
the trusted source of goodies when a bag or apartment needs
a touch of personality. There's nothing quite like
them beyond Japanese shores.
While a walk around Shimokitazawa or Kichijoji guarantees
a zakka encounter, the following five stores in Jiyugaoka
and Daikanyama are the top shops in Tokyo's zakka central.
They offer a little more than your standard basket and wire-plant-hanger
fare, and a more distinctive selection than Loft.
Packed to the edges with traditional zakka accessories, Hotch
Potch stands apart for its colorful, pop-inspired goods and
huge selection. Even among Jiyugaoka's interior decorating
stores, Hotch Potch is practically a shrine to the zakka phenomenon.
New products are regularly featured in the woman's
magazine an-an, and the store is crowded with cheerful shoppers
even on weekday mornings. Hotch Potch's postcard, cell-phone
strap, tissue-box cover, toilet-paper holder, jewelry and
umbrella selections are reason enough to visit, but they also
have a range of other bath, kitchen, stationery and living
goods. One of our favorites is the smiley-face toothbrush
cover with suction cups (¥250). Come New Year's,
Hotch Potch also has one of the best day-planner selections
1-26-20 Jiyugoka, Meguro-ku. Tel:
03-3717-6911. Open Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. Nearest
Six and Press Six
Six and Press Six showcase stationery-related items from all
across Europe. Their most fabulous feature is a beautiful
selection of graphic-design posters, mostly advertisements
from Italy's Olivetti typewriter company and former
exhibits from the Dansk Design Center in Copenhagen. Six first
opened in Jiyugaoka ten years ago, and its sister store Press
Six opened in Omotesando in December. Dark, soothing greens
and browns are the name of the game here. The Jiyugaoka store
features mobiles from Denmark, leather goods that can be personalized,
Lufthansa totes, CDs, switch plates, and an assortment of
folders and notebooks. The Omotesando store has taken the
concept a step further and stocks over a thousand picture
books and books on graphic design, as well as dead-stock fabric
from the '70s.
Jiyugaoka: 2-8-13 Jiyugoka, Meguro-ku.
Tel: 03-3723-7767. Open daily 11am-8pm. Nearest stn: Jiyugaoka.
Omotesando: 3-5-25 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5474-1705.
Open daily 11am-9pm. Nearest stn: Omotesando.
Daikanyama's Irodoriya separates its wares by artist
instead of genre, and each of the creators displaying their
crafts was hand-picked by the owners. Our current favorites
are the glass bowls and paperweights by young Aki Ito, bags
by Momoko Takeuchi, and silk-screen postcards by Atsuko Nihei.
Shop director Tobinaga-san says that one of their most popular
items is the kaleidoscope necklace (¥18,900). Through
July 19, Irodoriya will hold a polar-bear exhibit to raise
awareness of global warming. Handmade polar-bear stuffed animals
with baby-blue noses, pottery, wood carvings, and bags with
arctic themes will be on display. For sewing fans, there's
also a polar-bear measuring-tape dispenser that retracts with
a nudge to its belly.
2-16-11 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-3462-2321. Open daily 12:30-7:30pm. Nearest stn: Daikanyama.
Cielo specializes in wood and kitchenware zakka.
Their zebra-striped picture frames (¥2,100-¥2,800)
are simply exquisite, but they also have handmade wooden spoons,
bowls, chopstick holders (¥150 each), lamps, wooden
magnetic photo stands, and fabric-covered bulletin boards.
Cielo carries stainless-steel measuring spoons, measuring
cups, and other cooking essentials from Amco. Two of their
most useful tools are steel refrigerator magnets with imperial/metric
liquid-measure equivalents, and a magnet with instructions
on the various ways to cook an egg. Both are less than ¥1,000.
Cielo also has tablespoon and teaspoon measures that attach
to your refrigerator. The shop is located across from the
entrance to the Calpis building in Daikanyama.
2-17-11 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-5728-6735. Open daily 11:30am-8pm. Nearest stn: Daikanyama.
Perhaps the only redeeming quality of the Winona Ryder/Richard
Gere romance Autumn in New York was the decorations in the
Charlotte character's room. You can start a similarly
elaborate look for your apartment with Cibone's garland
lamp (¥8,500 in silver or gold). Besides a great location
being underneath Jigs, one of the Jiyugaoka's few late-night
restaurants, Cibone has one of the most amusing zakka selections
in town. Their goods are more expensive than the other shops
mentioned here, but they're always top-of-the-line.
Another one of our favorites: the ambulance-red cold packs
for post-Roppongi mornings. Animal rubber bands, Olioblock
puzzles, and Nuala yoga gear and shoes from Christy Turlington
and Puma run a close second. The "zzzoo" lights,
which come in hedgehog, owl or pig shapes, are adorable too.
2-17-8 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku. Tel:
03-5729-7131. Open daily 11am-8pm. Nearest stn: Jiyugaoka.
by Hanna Kite