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WINGED WHEEL

“Paper conveys not only the written word but also the senders’ strong will to communicate.”  In a world of mobile technology and instant communication, Winged Wheel aims to boldly re-invent the medium of paper: to transform paper’s purpose in a world where e-mail, instant message, or text have replaced the classic letter.  Winged Wheel does this by creating warm and tender works of art.

Paper sold at Winged Wheel is made from either cotton from the base of Mt. Fuji, or from the traditional Japanese mulberry tree.  Everything from wedding invitations, to business cards can be found amongst the elegant shelves of WW.  Each piece is patterned or embroidered with various designs as to cater to each of its customers.  Whatever your taste, you can be sure to find the perfect paper to send a letter, or whatever it may be, to your loved ones.

Located in the Omotesando shopping district, Winged Wheel is certainly one of the more unique and personal shops to check out.  Especially for those looking to add a little warmth to a message to a loved one.

Address:4-5-4, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.668679, 139.71160129999998
Telephone:03-5785-0719
Web:http://www.winged-wheel.co.jp/en/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:Closed (Open Holidays)
Wednesday:11:00 – 20:00
Thursday:11:00 – 20:00
Friday:11:00 – 20:00
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
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CONDOMANIA

Whimsy is Harajuku’s middle name. With all the bear and bunny shaped sweet bread and other foods you just ate and the odd souvenirs you bought over the course of the day, you are probably feeling pretty accomplished with your shopping so far! But with your life during the day fully dressed and accessorized, there must be something missing! What about your night life? “But I already bought an evening dress and suit to wear for date night tonight!” you may say. However this is not what we are talking about, even though that dress you found is definitely working for you! However, to satisfy the needs of your night life with your significant other head on over to Harajuku to Condomania for all your loving needs! Located in between the Tokyo Metro’s Meijijingumae and Omotesando stations, Condomania is both playful and practical.

Whatever you need to keep your adult themed evening safe and fun is available at Condomania! What is great about Condomania, is that they stock condoms (and a bevy of other sex toys and penis themed items for you) that are simply useful as well as far out there. Since you are traveling in Japan, it is probable that you have gotten acquainted with some of Japan’s long list of characters like Rilakkuma and Kumamon. Well at Condomania, you can find the condom that matches your Japanese mascot of choice or your favorite anime! Along with the strange and hysterical condoms that you will find at Condomania, this store also has the practical mind and has a wide selection of condom varieties that are more familiar such as his and hers and a variety of sizes.

Along with the Harajuku location, there is also a Shibuya branch located at 29-2 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Head north from the Tokyo Metro’s Shibuya station along the main street to find the Shibuya branch of Condomania. Even if you have only heard rumors about this mystical land of whimsy and sexually themed object, be sure to stop by Harajuku and give it a try! Stay safe, Japan!

STORE INFORMATION

Condomania Harajuku: Google-Translated Site | Facebook (Japanese)

Directions: the closest train stations are JR Harajuku on the Yamanote Line or Meiji Jingumae Subway Station on the Tokyo Metro Subway Chiyoda Line (Green Circle with a “C” inside).

Map from either station

Hours of Operation: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm daily.

“Why Go?”: Don’t be coy, you know why you’re going…

 

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HAKUSAN SHOP

From it’s humble beginning in 1779, Hakusan Shop has been a leader in porcelain products since post-war Japan.  Hailing from a small porcelain producing city named Hasami, Hakusan comes from literally hundreds of years of Japanese culture and tradition.  Ex-owner/designer Masahiro Mori led the company since it established itself in Tokyo in the late 1950′s.  Mori’s designs represent the minimalism and elegance of Japanese culture and have won him countless good design awards throughout his life.

Since Mori’s passing, Hakusan has carried on Mori’s philosophy into every piece that is crafted by the company.  Hakusan Shop, alongside the artistic genius Mori has invested into the company, has transformed the look of everyday household tableware in Japan.

Along the busy streets of Omotesando’s, Mori’s Hakusan Shop can be found, where many of the company’s most recent designs are available for purchase.  Perhaps the only thing more impressive than each of the store’s beautiful designs are the prices of the many porcelain products offered by Hakusan;  Prices (and products) which have brought people from all over Tokyo into its doors.  Those looking for more modern yet traditional Japanese tableware are certain to find exactly what they are looking for in Omotesando’s Hakusan Shop.  Be sure to check it out the next time you are in the area.

Address:5-3-10 Minami Aoyama Minato-Ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6636369, 139.724745068
Telephone:03-5774-8850

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:11:00 – 20:00
Thursday:11:00 – 20:00
Friday:11:00 – 20:00
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
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GINZA NATSUNO

While walking through the busy streets of Omotesando, it is quite easy to get lost in the immense sea of clothing stores.  However, clothing is not all this world famous shopping district has to offer.  Tucked away within one of Omotesando’s many alleys is Ginza Natsuno.  While it may not seem like much from the outside, Ginza Natsuno houses one of the most impressive collections of chopsticks in Tokyo.  The shop itself isn’t very large, however the inside is filled with a wide variety of chopsticks, chopstick holders, children’s chopsticks, tea cups, and other traditional Japanese tableware.

Perhaps the most impressive element of Ginza Natsuno is the incredible selection available to its customers.  Styles range from traditional to more modern or “funky” pieces.  Chopsticks can be found made from the most elegant wood to glass or even marble.  Prices range from low-cost, but unique designs to high-end, specially handcrafted designs.  Each set of chopsticks is marked with its’ artist’s seal, further impressing how unique each individual set is.

Stressing the importance of Japanese tradition, Ginza Natsuno views chopsticks as “a good luck charm to connect people to people, and people to gods.”  That alongside their daily use as tools in Japanese lifestyle, Natsuno hopes to share this piece of Japanese culture with all of its customers.  Whatever your budget or preference, Ginza Natsuno has something for everyone who walks through its door.

Address:4-2-17 Jingumae Shibuya, Tokyo
GPS:35.6667575, 139.7112942
35.6667575, 139.7112942
Telephone:81 3-3403-6033

Opening Hours

Monday:10:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:10:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:10:00 – 20:00
Thursday:10:00 – 20:00
Friday:10:00 – 20:00
Saturday:10:00 – 20:00
Sunday:10:00 – 19:00
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Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Tokyo, Japan

Straight from Denmark, Flying Tiger Copenhagen opened its first Japanese store in Osaka back in 2012. Its popularity has grown to the point that it now has multiple branches throughout Tokyo in Kichijoji, Ginza, Machida, Odaiba, Ikebukuro, and our favorite, Omotesando.

Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Tokyo, Japan

Flying Tiger Copenhagen Omotesando sells the necessary odds and ends to fill even the smallest of homes with organizational goodness. Their selection of woven baskets, simple yet stylish glassware, throw rugs, and pillows are seemingly endless. This means that you can get those “necessary” items your mother-in-law wants you to have without wasting time at an overpriced home goods boutique. Not married? Well, Flying Tiger Copenhagen will help you upgrade from your plain white plates and kitty mugs so you can impress your special someone.

No matter the reason for buying home goods, it can be hard to find something sophisticated and utilitarian, yet affordable. Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Tokyo does you even one better – the touch of whimsy that runs through their products makes shopping for home goods a fun & creative adventure. So when you visit, be sure to take your time and soak it all in!

For more affordable things to do (i.e., buy) in Omotesando, check out our article Omotesando on a Budget: 5 Must-Visit Shops and Cafes.

Flying Tiger Copenhagen Omotesando Store: 表参道ストア
Address:4-3-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6691434, 139.70666419999998
Telephone:81 – 03 – 6804 – 5723
Email:info@tiger-stores.jp
Web: 
http://www.flyingtiger.jp/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:11:00 – 20:00
Thursday:11:00 – 20:00
Friday:11:00 – 20:00
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
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DON QUIXOTE

Don Quixote is one of the few discount chain stores located in Tokyo. It is also one of the few stores to remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But perhaps the most impressive element of Don Quixote is the incredible variety held within the walls of the eight story store. Almost anything can be found lining the shelves of the discount chain. Merchandise fills each of Don Quixote’s floors with seemingly no particular order. Customers often find themselves digging through countless wares as hours pass them by.

Products range from imported liquors to cheap household appliances. From character masks to adult neck pillows. From cheap snacks to cosplay outfits. From air rifles to hair straighteners. Almost anything takes on quite a literal meaning in this immense discount store. In fact an entire roller coaster can be found on the roof of the Roppongi Don Quixote store (although it is not operational due to noise violations). This chaotic assortment of miscellaneous goods strategy makes for an incredibly fun and unique shopping experience for customers of all ages. With such a diverse selection of merchandise, and phenomenally discounted prices, Don Quixote is well worth a trip out to Roppongi.

Photo credit: 307 by Evan Blaser

Address:3-14-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6624365, 139.73464779999995
Telephone:03-5786-0811

Opening Hours

Monday:24 Hours
Tuesday:24 Hours
Wednesday:24 Hours
Thursday:24 Hours
Friday:24 Hours
Saturday:24 Hours
Sunday:24 Hours
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TOKYO CHARACTER STREET

Looking for a unique Japanese shopping experience? Located within the Tokyo Station First Avenue mall, Tokyo Character Street (TCS) offers just that. Opening in 2008, TCS began as a relocation of the various character shops scattered throughout the mall. Now this Kawaii (Cute) section of the mall features 15+ character stores where customers can find anything from character based pastries, to small figurines, to collectible plush toys.

TCS’s Hello Kitty shop houses a plethora of stuffed toys and collectibles which are normally only obtainable by scouring the streets of Tokyo. The Ultraman World M78 store features all things Ultraman for fans of the series, young and old. And for Studio Ghibli fans, TCS even has a store dedicated to characters coming from the studio’s animated gems such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, or Spirited Away to name a few. Characters ranging from the likes of Doraemon to Snoopy can be found within the shops comprising TCS making it a must see destination for any fans of Japanese pop culture.

Whether you are in the area waiting for a shinkansen(bullet train), are an avid collector, or just want to catch a glimpse of just one of the many facets of Japanese culture, TCS offers something for the inner child in all of us.

Photo credit: Tokyo Character Street by DozoDomo

Address:Tokyo Station, Chiyoda, Tokyo
GPS:35.681382, 139.76608399999998
Telephone:03-3210-0077

Opening Hours

Monday:10:00 – 20:30
Tuesday:10:00 – 20:30
Wednesday:10:00 – 20:30
Thursday:10:00 – 20:30
Friday:10:00 – 20:30
Saturday:10:00 – 20:30
Sunday:10:00 – 20:30
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ORIENTAL BAZAAR

“Welcome to Oriental Bazaar!” This traditional Japanese culture gift shop places a heavy emphasis on serving its foreign visitors. In fact, the gift shops name, “Oriental Bazaar” was created by a foreign customer in the early 1950′s. Originally a small gift shop opened in 1916, Oriental Bazaar has gone through many changes. In 1951, several years after World War II, the gift shop relocated to its current location, Omotesando. The souvenir shop changed targets to a local U.S. Army Barracks, hoping to share Japanese culture through very convenient and easy-to-use products. Since then the Oriental Bazaar has grown to become the most popular gift shop in Tokyo.

Everyday, customers from all over the world visit Oriental Bazaar to find a small piece of “old Japan” to bring back home with them. the store offers traditional Japanese goods such as; Kimonos, Japanese screens, furniture, lanterns, and many other miscellaneous goods. Each item has been carefully chosen in order to give customers a beautiful yet practical piece of Japan in hopes of enriching the lives of every shopper that walks through Oriental Bazaar’s doors. The exterior of the shop is fashioned after many of the shrines which can be found scattered throughout Tokyo in order to portray the “essence of old Japan”. The staff speaks English, so if your Japanese is not up to snuff you can be sure you will be properly taken care of. USD, Euros, Japanese Yen, and credit cards are all accepted. Finally, Oriental Bazaar offers overseas shipping for any item too large to carry all the way home.

If you are ever in the Omotesando area and are looking for a little piece of old Japanese culture, Oriental Bazaar is the place for you. Find the perfect gift to represent your trip to Japan in this gem of a gift shop.

Photo credit: The Oriental Bazaar by Atilla Malarik

Address:9-13 5 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo
GPS:35.6649183, 139.70391159999997
Telephone:081-3-3400-3933
Web:http://www.orientalbazaar.co.jp/en/index.html

Opening Hours

Monday:10:00 – 19:00
Tuesday:10:00 – 19:00
Wednesday:10:00 – 19:00
Thursday:Closed
Friday:10:00 – 19:00
Saturday:10:00 – 19:00
Sunday:10:00 – 19:00
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MANDARAKE COMPLEX

While there are many Mandarake stores scattered throughout Tokyo (Most notably Nakano and Shibuya), the Akihabara branch is most certainly one of the larger stores. With eight stories filled with primarily used anime, manga, action figures, games, mascots, and other collectibles, Mandarake is sure to cater to the Otaku in all of us. Each floor offers something different in this shopping complex located in the heart of Tokyo’s electronics district.

Beginning from the top (its best to begin at the top and make your way down to the first floor), Mandarake’s seventh and eighth floor are devoted almost entirely to Toys. One of these two floors even further emphasizes mech type toys. A majority of these collectibles are used, however most (if not all) are in near mint condition. Even more impressive is the timeline of the wide selection of toys available at Mandarake. Toys from as far back as the original Lupin III can be found hidden among the countless toys lining Mandarake’s counters.

Mandarake’s sixth floor is dedicated entirely to CD’s and DVD’s. This floor is quite self-explanatory, with countless new and used CD’s and DVD’s lining its shelves. The following two floors are perhaps the most intriguing. One is dedicated entirely to Yaoi (erotic boys-love anime) and the other is dedicated entirely to Hentai (strong sexual anime). Everything from manga, to DVD’s, to plush pillows can be found in this quite extensive collection of Yaoi/Hentai. The remaining floors are dedicated to video games (Mandarake does have a somewhat impressive collection of games to search through) and general anime goods, with the final (first) floor serving primarily for checking out all of your Anime/Manga goodies.

Mandarake Complex is definitely one of the top ten locations to check out while walking through the streets of Akihabara. Whether you are an Otaku or not, this impressive collection of anime/manga goods is definitely a sight worth seeing.

Photo credit: Mandarake Complex by Street Viewer

Address:3-11-12 Soto-Kanda, Tokyo
GPS:35.6894875, 139.692038212
Telephone:03-3252-7007
Web:http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/

Opening Hours

Monday:12:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:12:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:12:00 – 20:00
Thursday:12:00 – 20:00
Friday:12:00 – 20:00
Saturday:12:00 – 20:00
Sunday:12:00 – 20:00
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MUSASHIYA

Description

Musashi-ya is one of the many small, yet plentiful shops along the famous street of shops known as “Nakamise-dori” in Asakusa.

This shop specializes in dolls, particularly of the cat variety. There are long shelves full of lucky cats and even Hello Kitty dolls, clay statues, and figurines. If you fancy dolls and/or cats, then Doll’s Shop Musashiya is the perfect place for you to hit up.

Prices for these feline dolls range from as little as 500yen (~$5) to as much as 3000yen (~$30) depending on the size and intricacy.

Address:1-20-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.7116601, 139.792539635
Telephone:(03) 3841-5451

Opening Hours

Monday:8:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:8:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:8:00 – 20:00
Thursday:8:00 – 20:00
Friday:8:00 – 20:00
Saturday:8:00 – 20:00
Sunday:8:00 – 20:00
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