In store - Tokyo' coolest
Compiled by Mayumi Saito
When you enter interior goods shop Cous Cous, you get the feeling you've walked
into a scene from "1001 Arabian Nights." Manager Kazuko Uematsu has traveled
from south to the middle east to north Africa in search of knickknacks to add an ethnic
flair to any home. Moroccan Star (JY12,000) and goat-hide lamps decorated with henna art
(JY9800), Indian saris (used as a screen in the store), Turkish kilim rug (61 x 126cm,
JY58,000), Afghan carpets (65 x 127cm, JY25,000) and Thai textiles are all on offer. Make
your bedroom exotic with some silk organdy (JY2500/JY4800/JY5000 per meter). The more
casual sister store, Koukra, is located a few blocks away.
Cous Cous: 2-15-2 Honcho, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi; 0422-20-9211
Koukra: 2-8-1 Honcho, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi; 0422-23-1852
Next time your date is late meeting you at the most famous statue in Tokyo, stop by this
store. Hachiko Shop offers stuffed animals, mascots and other bric-a-brac with
pooch motifs inspired by the legendary Akita dog. When his master passed away in 1925, the
city's most devoted dog, Hachiko, still turned up at Shibuya station daily for ten years
to walk his companion home. The aged dog amidst the Shibuya traffic became famous
nationwide when The Asahi Shimbun reported the story in 1932. When Hachiko's statue
was built next to Shibuya station, he participated at the unveiling ceremony himself. The
dog died in 1935 at the age of 12, and his stuffed corpse has been kept in Ueno Science
Museum. Some argue that Hachiko's loyalty was attributed to the Shibuya stationmaster and
the nearby Yakitori-restaurant owner, as both fed him. Hot items are a wall clock (JY3200)
and an alarm clock (JY3400) with a picture of Rokubei, the 23rd generation of Hachiko's
offspring, who still lives in Yokohama.
1F South Bldg., Toyoko Shop, Tokyu Department Store, 2-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku;
If you're looking for quality picture books, toys and organic goods visit this eclectic
emporium. Crayon House stocks 50,000 children's books by author and subject - three
to four thousand are in English. "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis,
"The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien and the Harry Potter series by J.K.
Rowling are, of course, included. Picture-story shows, CDs and videos for kiddies are also
on offer. Tables allow you to sit and flip through any potential purchase at your leisure.
"Cooyon Market" on the second floor houses heartwarming wooden and fabric toys
and greeting cards. "Ms. Crayon House" on the third floor has literature on
women, herbal remedies and natural cosmetics. The vegetable market in the basement not
only sells vegetables, but also a wide variety of seasonal organic food. Enjoy the healthy
dishes at restaurant Home next door - all ingredients are from the vegetable market.
What's more, organic cakes, made daily, are for sale at the front of the restaurant.
3-8-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku; 3406-6492 www.crayonhouse.co.jp