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« on: October 19, 2008 12:55:14 AM »

I'm very very excited, I live in Australia and i'm going to Tokyo in March 2009 for 5 days with my girlfriend and 2 teenage sons.  I looove Japanese retro fabrics, and craft books.  You have the most amazing books I've ever seen!. Can anyone recommend craft/book shops and things I need to see on my trip (apart from Ghibli Museum and Puroland - already on my list)
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2009 05:31:19 PM »

Hi CindyJane,

I live on the East side of Tokyo... theres a few you shouldnt miss...

Nippori is an awesome place... when you exit the station (sorry cant remember the exit exactly theres a couple i think) turn right (theres a kind of traffic circle/roud-a-bout with a police box in front i seem to remember).  You should see a sign saying Nippori fashion street or textile street... its a long street full of mostly leather and fabric shops.

Also YOU HAVE TO go to Yuzawaya in Kamata.  The station is not on the subway maps, but its not hard to get there.  You can get there from Shinagawa, and the staff are very helpful if you ask them which line to get.  Yuzawaya has lots of branches - i know theres one in Tsudanama and one in Kichijoji definitely and a few more, but the one in Kamata is 5 buildings worth!!  It took me 7 hours to browse through it yesterday.  Ive been to craft shops in the states and canada (which far outweigh our measly ones in the UK for size) but this was immense.

The Ghible museum is also wicked, youll love that - but its a little tricky to get the tickets, try to arrange them before you come or you need to know japanese if you do it yourself.. i found it tricky anyway  Roll Eyes

I heard that Puroland is a waste of time im afraid, apparently just one bug shop... if you are after kitty or sanrio stuff they sell it EVERYWHERE here so you can get your fill without going there, but of course i havent been, just word of mouth.

You will love it here, im said to be leaving, and trying to leave some room for clothes in my bag!! Grin Roll Eyes
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2009 05:40:21 PM »

Thank-you so much!  I'll add these to my ever-growing list.  We're only going for a week, but what a week!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2009 05:42:23 PM »

Heres a pic i took yesterday of Yuzawaya  Wink

and heres what i bought:

« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2009 07:59:59 PM »

There is also a Yuzawaya in Yamato (which I love cuz it's right outside the station and you can't miss it). It is also 5 floors of awesome and I spend hours in there. Plus there is a great yakitori stand on your left when you exit the station that is delish and not expensive.
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009 11:10:04 AM »

I was in Tokyo in July (for work) and managed to find my way to the Yuzawaya in Kamata.  The only trick was that there were multiple stores and I had mapped to the office supply like one and not the fabric one.  But it was just around the corner and I made it there.  So much to look at.   And I am now a proud owner of a discount card.  It cost 500yen but saved me a lot more than that on the fabric I bought.  Filling in the form for the card was a bit of a challenge since I don't speak or read Japanese and the address boxes didn't really take a foreign address. But they gave it to me anyway.  Wish I could have spent more time there.

I was sad I didn't get to go to the Ghibli museum but I was only there for about a week and had to work a normal work week while I was there.

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2009 04:57:28 AM »

I saw the Bandai company on a travel tv show.
The building is a 'company and museum'.

The employee wear costume of Gundam. And also, the folk lift is robotic, it can move by itself.  Grin

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