When you are in Japan, more often than not, you are probably looking for a gift to bring home to your friends and family. Maybe you know exactly what to get your BBQ loving father or that friend who has always wanted something, anything, from Shibuya or that is geisha themed. But what about that one friend or family member who told you to “just get me anything!” This is the metaphorical death sentence of gift shopping. But not to fear! There is a store in Harajuku that will solve all of your gift giving woes! Say hell to Asoko, just off of Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori, this museum of gifts and odds and ends will solve the problem of what to bring back to your friends and family (and maybe bring home a little some for yourself).
As Asoko, you can find a variety of product for the kitchen, living room, bathroom, and everything in between. Think of the items at Asoko like the MoMA Design Store in Omotesando but without the price tag. All the quirkiness and modern flair of MoMA is packed into Asoko but you will leave with a much fatter wallet. What is so great about Asoko is that their smaller items are silly and fun but are just as affordable as their larger items. This store has a wide selection of items to make your home run more smoothly with a touch of fun. Anything from cutting boards to coat hooks to utensils get a fun and whimsical twist! You can also pick up items for the office or your car’s interior like rear view mirror charms or little functional knick knacks for your desk. Always been jealous of the stylish umbrellas you have seen around Tokyo? Well you can get and equally cool one at Asoko for pocket change.
If you are at a loss as to what to bring back for your friends and family, and possibly yourself as well, Asoko in Harajuku has plenty of affordable, modern, and fun items that would make anyone happy!
Asoko Harajuku Store Information
Business Hours: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.
“Why Go?”: Gifts and souvenirs that won’t bust your wallet.