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« on: March 17, 2005 10:53:05 PM »

Hi, I've learned from Japanese websites that they're small eclectic independent shops selling cute handmade indie fashion stuffs mostly made by girls & ladies home businesses (and I'm NOT talking about kimono-related here).

I would like to know if these shops are saturated in one particular area? If not, which area has the most?

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2005 01:11:39 AM »

i don't know of any one particular area, but you should try to go to a flea market. that's where i see many artistsans in one place.  there should be some big ones around hanami (cherry flower blooming/watching time) which should be mid april in Tokyo. 

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2005 08:21:13 AM »

Cool...where is this flea market & how do I get there? Is it on Sat & Sun?
I'll be in Tokyo sometime next month.

Thanks so much for your help, Mikan. Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2005 07:11:05 AM »

There's a really, really, really cute store in Kichijouji (the last stop on the Keio Line from Shibuy) that sold nothing but handmade type goodies... everything from cards to calendars to purses and jewelry. The bottom floor was all sorts of little goods, and the upstairs I think is some sort of gallery where they feature and sell one or two artists' crafts. It was so cute I really wanted to cry. Of course, I can't remember the name just yet, but I do know it was around the Daiei Dept. Store. I'll try to find out specifics if you're interested!

Also, near Waseda University, a good walk down from the Takadanobaba is a cute cute store called Asia Life that carries handmade things as well as some commercial products. Again, I always walked there so I'm not too sure of the street name, but it's on the main street the bus to Waseda goes down...

Hope it helps some!  Cheesy
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2005 12:02:09 AM »

Thanks Irhb...I'll definitely like to go shop around Kichijouji. It'll be great if you could recall the name of the store but if you can't it's alright.  Thanks so much for your help...  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2005 04:09:17 PM »

Hi Ai Lin!

I'm pretty sure this is in Tokyo, I found the website for a store called lorina a while ago, and I am just obsessed with it! Every thing in the shop just looks so so cute, and I hope to visit it one day. http://www.lorina.co.jp/

Its in kitazawa, but I don't know anything about where that actually is!

« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2005 07:33:13 PM »

Thanks Lia.. I'll look it up, I'll be sure to post up pics of stuffs & places in my LJ upon my return.

« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2005 06:56:30 PM »

I just love these stores...I actually havent been to Japan or anywhere out of Canada for that matter, but I've come across some sites on the net and the stuff is WONDERFUL! I really want to got to Japan!!! I have a friend who lives in Kananzawa (At least thats what I think the name of the city is)I will be hopefully going to see her once I get out of college and get some money to go!...

PS If anyone has anymore cute Japanese shop sites, I'd love to get the links...

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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2005 09:49:47 PM »

This site has the ultimate list of shops in and around Tokyo.  Some on the list are big box stores and others are little independent shops.

Everytime I go to Japan I spend sooo much money on fabric, school supplies and crafty stuff.  The best sources are at Loft and Tokyu Hands if you're in Tokyo.
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2005 09:04:07 PM »

OMG Selenium.. That list is the best-est. Thanks so much!!!

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