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Shopping in Kagurazaka

Tokyo’s Kagurazaka district, as a former geisha hub situated close to hyper-modern and ever-evolving Shinjuku, retains a sense of refined Japanese tradition while being very much contemporary: this is a history-steeped area that is living in the present. A great selection of stores embody this, many of which you won’t find elsewhere in the city. Here are five of the best.

Shopping in Kagurazaka

Index

  • Kukuli Textiles くくり

  • Koharuan コハルアン

  • Kamome Books  かもめブックス

  • Gallery & Cafe Mikado 帝

  • Kagurazaka Karyo 神楽坂菓寮

  • Kukuli Textiles くくり

    Kukuli Textiles くくり

    Kukuli Textiles くくり

    Kukuli Textiles embodies Kagurazaka’s modern take on Japanese tradition.
    The shop, located a few blocks north of Waseda-dori, specializes in textiles that are woven and then hand-dyed by artisans spanning the length and breadth of Japan.
    While production methods are firmly traditional, having been honed to perfection over centuries, the prints used are often highly contemporary.
    Alongside the classical motifs of cherry blossom and koi carp, expect to find chicly simple checks, stripes, and geometric patterns. Fabrics can be bought off the roll, or as a variety of items including women’s bags and stoles.
    The most popular product is a simple handkerchief-like square known as a tenugui, which is unisex and suitable for all manner of uses.

    kukuli
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku Tsukudocho
    Phone
    0362808462
    Remarks
    【URL】http://kukuli.co.jp/
  • Koharuan コハルアン

    Koharuan コハルアン

    Koharuan コハルアン

    This zakka-style shop, located within a nondescript residential building but inside oozing weathered, patina-rich atmosphere, specializes in contemporary ceramics and interior goods all handmade using traditional Japanese methods. The shop is divided into two parts. A permanent retail space offers a lineup that ranges from best-selling items produced by established masters, to single pieces created by up-and-coming younger artisans. Here products are displayed as you’d find them in someone’s home, giving plenty of hints as to which will best suit your needs. The gallery area, meanwhile, showcases not only pottery and interior items but also lifestyle accessories and small pieces of art, with the lineup curated to suit the season and changing roughly once every two weeks.

    Koharuan
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Yaraichou 68 Urban Stage Yarai 101
    Phone
    0332357758
    Remarks
    【URL】https://www.room-j.jp/contents/english/
  • Kamome Books  かもめブックス

    Kamome Books  かもめブックス

    Kamome Books  かもめブックス

    This cool-looking bookstore, also containing a coffee shop and gallery space, is the brainchild of a proofreading company whose literature-loving staff were alarmed by the rate at which Tokyo’s booksellers are disappearing.
    Teaming up with a local design firm whose other clients include hip outdoors brand Snow Peak, they gave this premises a cleanly minimal makeover that is lent inviting warmth by the use of natural wood, and plants dotted around the space.
    A well-curated selection of books and magazines consists of mainly Japanese-language titles, but image-heavy mags are a pleasure to flick through regardless of any language barrier. Grab the latest Brutus or Popeye to enjoy outside on the small terrace, along with a pour-over coffee from the in-house branch of Weekenders Coffee.

    Kamome Books
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku Yaraicho 123 Daiichi Yarai Building 1F
    Phone
    0352285490
    Remarks
    【URL】http://kamomebooks.jp/
  • Gallery & Cafe Mikado 帝

    Gallery & Cafe Mikado 帝

    Gallery & Cafe Mikado 帝

    Gallery & Cafe Mikado 帝

    Gallery & Cafe Mikado 帝

    Located on the second floor of a building nearby Akagi Jinja shrine, this combined coffee house and gallery is filled with traditional Japanese pottery.
    Picking up and handling these beautiful pieces, which include examples of the storied Shino-yaki and Arita-yaki varieties, conveys the earnest dedication of the ceramicist to his or her work. The counter of the cafe area is similarly covered with masterpieces of this craft: choose whichever you would like to enjoy your pour-over coffee or matcha tea from.

    ギャラリー&カフェ 帝
    Address
    東京都新宿区神楽坂6-34-4 Felice神楽坂2F
    Phone
    03-3235-3222
    Remarks
    【URL】http://utsuwa.co/store/
  • Kagurazaka Karyo 神楽坂菓寮

    Kagurazaka Karyo 神楽坂菓寮

    Kagurazaka Karyo 神楽坂菓寮

    Another spot presenting a spruce, modern take Japanese tradition is this shop dedicated solely to okoshi, a crispy rice snack that has been enjoyed since the middle of the Edo period (1603-1868) and is said to have originated in Tokyo’s Asakusa district.
    Okoshi specialists are rare in modern times, but here this simple treat can be sampled in some 33 varieties. These range from time-honored Kagurazaka and Asakusa recipes to recent concoctions such as apple pie and mayonnaise flavors.
    Whatever takes your fancy will be painstakingly wrapped in Kagurazaka Karyo’s elegant bespoke paper, complete with obi tie, with prices starting at around 400 yen for a single piece.

    Address
    東京都新宿区神楽坂5-21-1
    Phone
    0362808102
    Remarks
    【URL】https://www.kagurazakakaryo.com/
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