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.
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.
The Japanese are experts in when it comes to tea-drinking ceremonies, and Ichiwa offers an authentic experience, exuding serenity and grace. Take a seat with a view of the tranquil gardens as your savor some Japanese desserts. The ambiance is spacious, inviting and traditional, adding more reasons to visit this charming place.
Loft is a somewhat nondescript concrete building that houses some rather colorful and trendy stores within. This shopping center tends to appeal to the city's youth with its various miscellaneous stores and other affordable shops devoted to economic living. The whole of the 6th floor is a general bookstore while the 7th floor is devoted entirely to music. Note, too, that there is a small movie theater in the basement.