As I mentioned on Sunday, I will be traveling to Tokyo, Japan in March with my family. It’s a dream come true for me and I can’t wait for March to roll round!
So I thought I’d start a new feature on my blog, in preparation for my trip. It’s about all my reasons for visiting Japan, and more specifically Tokyo. I will use these posts to share what I have learnt about various places of interest and events – it’s a blog feature but also a research guide for myself so I can plan my trip 🙂
This week I will be looking at one of the most interesting (and crafty!) shops I have heard about in Tokyo – Tokyu Hands!
Tokyu Hands describes itself as a ‘creative life store”, and sells just about anything you can imagine, from homewares to craft supplies, luggage, stationary, furniture, beauty products, pet supplies – anything!
It first opened it’s doors in 1976 as a DIY store in Shubuya, Tokyo. Today it has locations all over Japan, and even a few international stores in Taiwan and Singapore.
Of note in particular is the stationary and crafts floors – I hear there so many cute and fun papers, fabrics and yarns that you would need a shipping container to bring everything back with you! I’m in trouble, I know…
Everything about this place looks like my cup of tea, from the kawaii stationary and craft goods, ceramics, pet supplies, cactus balcony and cafe to the layout itself. I mean, just look at the stairs!!
At the Ikebukuro store, there is a special floor at the top of the building called Nekobukuro. It’s basically a petting zoo, where for a small fee you can go in, have a coffee, and pet some adorable kitties… kawaiiiiiiii!! <3
I think when I visit I am going to have to set myself a strict budget. I’m serious – I reckon you could get carried away in a shop like this! I hear at these big Tokyo department stores it is best to start off going to the very top floor then working your way down, so it’s easier on your legs (and arms, with all the goodies you’ll be buying!). In particular I will be on the look out for yarn (obviously), stationary, fabric and I’d really like to get a little ceramic bowl too whilst in Tokyo, and this seems like a good place to find one. I would love to buy one of the cacti from the Cactus Balcony, but unfortunately airport customs wouldn’t allow it to pass back into the UK 🙁 I’m also glad they have a cafe in the basement as I feel once you have spent a couple of hours in here you will need a drink 😛
So that’s one of my reasons for visiting Japan! I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about this really interesting store. If you would like to see more pictures of Tokyu Hands, and other Tokyo highlights in general, please check out my Pinterest board, Tokyo, Japan <3