In store - Tokyo' coolest
Compiled by Mayumi Sato
The late '70s
New Age boom in the West didn't hit Japan until the mid-1980s, when this store with a
marketing savvy enticed Harajuku teenage girls with more pop and promising images of
so-called "power stones." Tying up with fortune-telling magazines, manager Kozo
Shimura acknowledged the healing/channeling energies of mineral stones nationwide. Soon
the young women lining up for pretty and lucky stones were joined by adults and pro-sports
The revamped Cosmo Space displays 1500 kinds of minerals from all over
the world on the first floor, either crude, polished or made into jewelry. This store not
only has the biggest inventory and variety, but offers stones for 20-30 percent cheaper
than its counterparts. On the second floor are soothing CDs, spiritual books, etc.
Made-in-US herbal medicines, Edgar Cayce's holistic oils and Bach flower essences are
recommended to improve your health from deep inside. On the third floor, various
counseling is available by appointment. Reishi or aura-reading sessions are provided with
MRA, channeling and tarot cards. The aura camera reads the information from your palm and
produces an image of your past, present and future energy with different colors. A henna
artist will paint your body as a means of therapeutic ritual. Whether it's all legit is up
3-22-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3470-5181.
|4000 European buttons and beads are
on offer at L. Musée
Photo byMayumi Saito
This store will inspire DIY fashion and interior aficionados. More than 4000 kinds of
European buttons and beads are on display. One shop houses a modern collection, while the
other one a few blocks away stocks a century-old antique collection and dead stock from
the 1940s-60s. Czech-glass beads and artistic buttons in a rainbow of colors fill the
store. Ribbons, tassels and braids are also on offer. For more accents, how about
artificial flowers or antique feathers? Stop by for ideas and materials. L. Musée also
stocks chains and joints stocks for jewelry makers. Six workshops commence in May.
Original shop: 2-12-2 Kichijoji-Honcho, Musashino-shi. Tel: 0422-20-6710.
Showroom: 2-22-5-202 Kichijoji-Honcho, Musashino-shi. Tel: 0422-20-2051.
When stuffed animals meet jagged stripes, they suddenly become fashionable objects.
Ordered in Japan and woven in Italy, Spain and other Latin countries, the multi-colored
velour towels look beautiful. Beach towels (90 x 180cm, JY7800), handkerchiefs, stuffed
animals, cushions, tote bags and aprons, are all made with the same towel material. The
results are pleasantly surprising. The 100 percent cotton, stuffed animals
(JY2800-JY75,000) and washable animal cushions are also stuffed with specially-made
cottons to make them durable. Many tote bags are made with animal motifs, from puppy
handles (JY4500) to kitten buckles. The mature, geometric patterns and range of objects
appeal to toddler and grown-up alike.
2-18-1 Kichijoji-Honcho, Musashino-shi. Tel: 0422-23-2193.