Kamiji Kakimoto is located in the Japanese city of Kyoto. It sells handmade paper, called washi in Japanese. It can be found on Teramachi street which is known for the sale of elegant art and crafts goods. Kakimoto is creative in its use and sale of washi, allowing for customers to buy unique items like handmade printer paper. The store is open from 9a to 6p through the week and can easily be reached via the Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station on the Tozai line.
With stores in most major cities across Japan, Mandarake has established itself as the leading comic-book and magazine warehouse in the country. This branch—Osaka's main branch— is like most others in major cities: enormous. There are literally dozens and dozens of rows of comic books—for men, women and children—magazines, posters and artwork. Serious collectors can also find some valuable pre-war items here as well, including antique toys. The staff are well informed and ready to help.
Joe's Garage record store pays homage to the 60s and 70s, and Frank Zappa in particular, plus a fair bit of other genres. Thousands of new and used LPs, plus collector's items, bootlegs and CDs available at reasonable prices. Struggling to survive when it launched in 1986, Joe's has thrived to become something of a mecca for Kyoto's hip youngsters for whom 1986 is so long ago it must be cool. Joe's plastic bags--banana on white background--are an essential hand accessory. Located near Kyoto University and the British Council. Coffee and drinks are available, so sip while you flip those covers.
Here is a way to give your home the subtle aromas of Kyoto no matter where you live; you will enjoy browsing the fine incense on display at Kyukyodo. In business from the eighteenth century, Kyukyodo sells a variety of fragrances, including sandalwood, and a range of shapes and sizes, including stick incense and chips for tossing on a fire. This fine old shop also retails traditional stationary and Japanese ink brushes for calligraphy.
Kisakiya offers a wide range of baked goodies, local specialties and organic products. The store is locally owned and operated by husband and wife duo. The attractively laid out store is known for its delicious pound cakes, Fuchikuma cookies and Aozora cookies. You can also savor chai tea and shiso juice here. The store also stocks a good collection of leather products that are quite unique in design and yes, exclusive too!
One of the few items, if not the only item, of decorative two-dimensional art found in a traditional Japanese home is embodied in the form of the hanging scroll. This is placed in an alcove called the tokonoma in the main room of the house, where guests are received. The scrolls are often changed with the seasons, so most homes would have four or more. This shop sells painted scrolls ranging in price from inexpensive to very costly indeed. The best pieces are kept at the back of the store.
This is a large, famous and popular discount store, which offers a great range of goods, particularly electrical. Personal stereos (tape, CD and MD), watches and clocks, headphones, massagers and personal hygiene products are found on the first floor. Upstairs, there are the latest computers, fans, radios, digital and analog cameras, stereos, toilets with heated seats, and air-conditioning equipment. Flashlights, pre-recorded videos, lamps, sunglasses and good deals on batteries are up on the third floor, while the top floor has men's leisurewear and suits. Everything you might wish to shop for is under one roof.
With origins from the 12th Century Kamakura Period, this humble little box to store food has been around for centuries. Here at Bento & Co. the boxes range from simple ones for everyday use to those used during special occasions. Sizes range from XS to large picnic containers, and visitors can also choose from traditional or modern designs. The selection of non-plastic, wooden boxes is impressive and unique. Additionally, the shop also sells accessories like chopsticks, mugs, bottles, housewares, stationery and much, much more. Every item on the shelves makes a great gift, or just a one-of-a-kind memento to take home for yourself.