Hearing silver bells ring-a-ling, but feel like a shopping ding-a-ling? Try one of
these three utterly distinct shops for classy Christmas solutions.�
Compiled by Kit
|Pour Annick offers an eclectic
collection of Asian home furnishings
Kit Pancoast Nagamura
Pour Annick (rhymes with "you' unique"), offers a wonderfully eclectic
assortment of European furniture and ornamental items from Asia. Beds and sofas are
upstairs in the chic concrete showroom. Downstairs, there are smaller items that appeal to
all five senses. For the eyes: colorful mini-lanterns, ingenious mobiles, order-made
curtains of luscious fabrics. For the taste buds, exclusive Inoda coffee. For your ears:
tribal and Brazilian CDs. Aromatherapy goods (superior candles, eucalyptus bath salts)
tickle the nose, and your fingers will love the leather chairs around the store. Items
range in price from the (hard to gift-wrap) brightly enameled refrigerators (JY315,000),
to wee tins of Burt's Bees lip balm (JY600).
2-22-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku; Tel: 03-5411-5366. www.pourannick.com
Say goodbye to gray with the candy-bright merchandise at Shop Detail, purveyor of
international "oddities" and curios, most of which are both funky and
functional. A cool little recorder (JY1200) lets you leave a secret voice message for your
latch-key kid or lover. A vinyl inflatable pillow plays with your head - it's filled with
colored feathers, that float around inside. Neon plastic pens, innovative string lights
and mirror balls set the light dancing around an Ebina Noriyuki ant-sculpture light
crawling up the wall. Shop Detail offers fun gifts between JY380 and JY33,000. Best
sellers include enameled shoe shelves and hemp mats in muted graphic patterns.
2-28-3 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku,; Tel: 03-5474-0708. Open daily, 10:30am-8pm.
Shizen takes the bonsai mentality to the limit. Bonsai moss?! Yup. In sizes from quail egg
to table top, Shizen's miniature gardens of native flora in handcrafted pots are worthy of
the shop's name (shizen means nature in Japanese). Outside the building and on the
roof terrace (open to the public, weather permitting), potted and free-standing moss
bundles provide growing medium for indigenous grasses or berry-laden mini-trees (prices
from about JY800 up). Inside the store, ceramic items of marked originality are lit by
handsome rice paper and iron lamps. You'll also find lacquerware chopsticks, paintings,
wall vases in wood and metal (JY15,000), ironwork and silk pouches.
2-28-5 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku; Tel: 03-3746-1335. Open daily except Wed, 12-8pm (closes
early on some Sundays).