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If you’re looking for a bag that is a practical and sturdy enough for an adventurous trip all over Japan, pay a visit to the Yoshida & Co. flagship store KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA OMOTESANDO.

Founded by Kichizo Yoshida in 1935, Yoshida & Co has become one of Japan’s leading bag manufacturing companies for its sleek yet understated bags and wallets. High quality material such as Italian leather, Egyptian cotton, and organic cotton from Texas and various nylon textiles are all source materials for their creations. They also have been challenging to develop their original fabric. Yoshida& Co bags are also very exclusive-from design to final product, the brand is produced entirely in Japan.

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Yoshida & Co. has two main brands, both of which you can find in their Omotesando flagship store. PORTER, the brand launched in 1962, is named for the one person who can tell if you have a quality bag- the hotel porter, who had lots of experience handling customers’ bags. PORTER’s ladies line, PORTER GIRL, launched in 2009. While the PORTER products are unisex, PORTER GIRL is aimed exclusively at a feminine audience. The brand maintains the original PORTER’s strong and high-quality characteristics while reinterpreting them in a sweeter and softer key. LUGGAGE LABEL came along in 1984, combining originality and innovation with day-to day practicality. LUGGAGE LABEL’s military-style long-seller series of bags has been popular and cherished by adult men in any age.

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If you’re shy about your Japanese skill, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. You will find English speaking staff at the KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA OMOTESANDO flagship store. You will also be glad to know you’re not alone because there are many foreign customers visiting the store.

KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA OMOTESANDO store also provides tax-free service. So, pay them a visit and take your time browsing, for one of these timeless pieces might just be your soulmate. You want to be careful and get the one that you want to carry around with at all times.

KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA Omotesando Store Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Omotesando Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Get an exclusive bag from a world-famous design, at the ONLY place you can get it!

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September 13, 2016 0 comment
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Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Tokyo Japan 1

Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Tokyo Japan 1

Tsumori Chisato is a Japanese fashion designer whose brand comes from an array of exciting and unique inspirations. Her fashions, which have spread from Japan to the rest of the world, are based on “things that will make you smile and are interesting for both men and women.” We here at EnableJapan.com were lucky enough to visit the flagship store in Aoyama to get the inside scoop on the Tsumori Chisato brand!

(Note that all products were photographed in August 2016. The Tsumori Chisato brand moves fast, and there is always something new to wear!)

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The Tsumori Chisato style is girly but sexy. She has a universal audience, ranging from teens to 60s. Regardless of age, she appeals! Her inspirations and concepts come from art, music, and especially her travels. Although some design ideas may come from one of the other in-house textile designers or shape designers, most of the inspiration comes from Tsumori Chisato herself.

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On the day we visited, the designs featured were based on her travels to Iceland. The inspiration she took from her trip influenced her print design, motifs and colour choices. The pieces emulate the view of Iceland, as painted in watercolour. The Icelandic theme was represented throughout the range of men’s and women’s t-shirts and jumpers.

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The current collection shows a story of her travels across Iceland, but Tsumori Chisato is always looking for inspiration. Her collections come from the new stories she is constantly spinning. Her line is every-changing, and every season you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a new tale whenever you visit the shop.

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Tsumori Chisato’s work has an obvious worldwide appeal. Her designs focus on Japanese pattern-cutting mixed with Western style techniques. Her range of dresses, skirts, t-shirts and pants all have unique and playful prints.  Prints, checks, paintings,  and her trademark cat illustration make appearances every season with each new design. And her work is not just for women! Tsumori Chisato also has a line of men’s wear, all of which follows the same design concept as the women’s lines. So if you’re looking for ‘couple’s outfits’, the Tsumori Chisato is the perfect place to look!

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The Aoyama shop wouldn’t be a flagship store without some extra perks. Some garments are completely exclusive to this store. Even the shopping bags are exclusive! And the Aoyama store gets the new products and fashion lines first, so it’s the place to be if you want fresh-off-the-line Tsumori Chisato clothes.

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The Tsumori Chisato flagship store in Aoyama is a great place to find imaginative and exclusive clothing from a world-renowned designer. Be sure to visit when you are in Tokyo!

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Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Location Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Omotesando Station A5 exit (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open 11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily

“Why Go?”: Happy, high-end fashion with global appeal from a world-famous designer!

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September 9, 2016 0 comment
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Harajuku street fashion is a culmination of all things weird, trendy, and uniquely Japanese. And the best place to go in Tokyo to get that Harajuku Girl look is Takeshita Street. Not only is this pedestrian street a hub for the culture of youth street fashion, it’s also great fun! During your trip to Tokyo, be sure to check out these spots!

(If you’re worried about the differences in sizing, check out our great article on size conversions here!)

Harajuku Street Fashion: 6% DOKIDOKI

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You can’t miss the pink and pastel exterior of 6% DokiDoki. With ribbons and glitter practically spill right out onto the street, 6% DOKIDOKI is the perfect place to start assembling your Harajuku Girl outfit.

Check out our article on 6% DOKIDOKI here!

 

ACDC Rag

ACDC Rag Harajuku Street Fashion

A fashion mainstay on a street where shops are quick to go out of style. ACDC Rag sells a variety of youth-oriented styles, from Gothic Lolita to punk to hipster. Collaborations with other designers and constant additions to their apparel keeps this brand fresh and exciting.

Check out our ACDC Rag article here!

 

Bubbles

Bubbles Harajuku Street Fashion

Bubbles makes you feel like you’re walking into dollhouse. Everything inside is just so girly! This is the perfect place to go to revamp your wardrobe with pastel sweaters, fuzzy bunny phone cases, and velvet chokers. Make sure to strike a fashionable pose in front of the rose wall!

You can check out this very cute Harajuku Street fashion on the Bubbles Website and Online Store (Google Translate) or check them out on Twitter (via Google Translate) and Instagram.

 

Calbee Plus

Calbee Plus Harajuku Street Fashion

Check out the Calbee Plus shop on Takeshita Street! The menu includes potato chips exclusive to this store, such as freshly-fried potato chips topped with maple syrup, cream cheese, or chocolate. And they have soft ice cream for those hot summer days! Packaged snacks make for delicious souvenirs for friends and family!

Check out our Calbee Plus article here!

Etude House

Etude House Harajuku Street Fashion

Etude House is the perfect place to visit for your makeup needs. This Korean cosmetics brand has a large line of cosmetics for every age and skin type.  Before buying, feel free to test out the products and ask for personalized help from a makeup specialist. You can also go to their in-store studio for a makeup lesson and a custom makeover!

You can see what Etude House has to offer on their Website (via Google Translate). Follow them on social media at Facebook (Japanese only), on Twitter (via Google Translate) , or their Instagram.

Harajuku Alta

Harajuku Alta Harajuku Street Fashion

Harajuku Alta is a multi-level mall containing a large selection of stores that will have you screaming “kawaii!” Favorites include Choco Choco by SWIMMER and the Harajuku Lagrace Mart, where you can find great accessories and shoes. Check out Harajuku Alta’s Website (via Google Translate) to see what’s happening now.

Hysteric Glamour

Like printed tees and denim vests? Hysteric Glamour is the place to go! With a laid-back California aesthetic and a rock ‘n’ roll mindset, this place can help you with a layered grunge look that mixes in that little bit of Japanese something.

Check out our article on Hysteric Glamour here!

Kawaii Monster Cafe

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo JapanIt’s not a clothing store, but no trip to Harajuku is complete without a stop at the Kawaii Monster Cafe. When people think of the crazy fashions, pastel-neon colors, and outrageous nuttiness of that aspect of Japanese culture, this is the place they’re thinking of! The bizarre decor, hyperactive floor shows, and high-speed pop beat is the perfect background for your Facebook and Instagram photos.

Check out our Kawaii Monster Cafe article here!

Lazy Hazy Planet

Lazy Hazy Planet Harajuku Street Fashion

Lazy Hazy Planet runs the gamut of Harajuku Street fashion. Glitter to goth, Levi’s to leather, L.H.P. has seen and done it all. And when you go inside, you realize they have it all! Lazy Hazy Planet is a perfect mix-and-match place to experiment with new looks.

Check out our article on L.H.P. here!

LINE Friends Store

LINE Friends Store Harajuku Street Fashion

Fashion isn’t limited to your clothing! If you use the LINE application, the LINE Friends Store at the end of Takeshita Street is a must-go. You can get your picture taken with Brown, pick up exclusive wear and accessories, and even get the exclusive virtual stickers to show your LINE friends that you were fashionably there.

Check out our LINE Friends Harajuku article here!

Milk

Lolita fashion - Milk Storefront in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Lolita fashion is still alive and well in the Harajuku street fashion scene. For 45 years, Milk has been catering to the Lolita community with a constant stream of frilly and Victorian fashions. Whether you are new to the Lolita idea or a longtime fan, visiting this fashion landmark is always special.

Check out our article on Milk here!

Paris Kid’s

Paris Kids Harajuku Street Fashion

Need some cheap, trendy, and fashionable accessories? Paris Kid’s is the only place to go. the walls are lined with thousands of earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets that will put the finishing touches on your new look. Frequented by young girls and women alike, what keeps people coming back are the prices. None of the accessories or jewelry at this store cost more than 500 yen!

Check out our Paris Kid’s article here and get the discount!

Q-pot CAFE.

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The Q-pot CAFE makes fabulous accessories to round our your wardrobe. And not only that, you can have a taste of the “accessory sweets” they have at the cafe! And the SE”Q”RET room? Well, you’ll just have to go and find out for yourself! Check out our Q-pot CAFE. article here!

Totti Candy Factory

Totti Candy Factory Harajuku Street fashion

You know you’re near the Totti Candy Factory when you start smelling sugar and sweets. Inside this pink polka-dotted shop, you’ll find decorated cake pops and a wall lined with all kinds of candy for your scooping pleasure. Their signature item is made-to-order cotton candy that is make right in front of you! Delicious fun for every age.

Check out the Totti Candy Factory’s Website (Google Translate) or follow them on social media at Twitter (via Google Translate) or on Instagram.

Tutuanna

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It’s so pink and girly and sweet that you’ll have to brush your teeth afterwards. Tutuanna is the place to go for leg wear and socks. Because as we all know, no Harajuku Girl look is complete without pink cat hosiery!

Check out our article on Tutuanna here

WC

WC Harajuku Street Fashion

Bring out your girly and sweet side by visiting WC! This shop is filled with clothes and accessories to match the pastel and neon decor to get you dressing like a true Harajuku Girl. Update your wardrobe with the bunny-eared sweatshirts, cheetah-print backpacks, and velvet jackets that you can only find here!

Check out this Harajuku Street fashion at their Website or check their social media at Twitter (via Google Translate) or Instagram.

Wego

Wego Harajuku Street Fashion

With locations all over Tokyo and Japan, Wego is a testament of how often Harajuku Street fashion shifts from trend to trend. If you want fashion and accessories that will turn you into a street fashionista for a reasonable price, head to Wego!

Check out our article on Wego here!

Wonder Rocket

Wonder Rocket Harajuku Street Fashion

With two locations on Takeshita Street, Wonder Rocket sells Mori-style clothing and accessories ranging from sweet dresses and tops to fuzzy heels and bags. Although they are already reasonably priced, it pays to be on the lookout for Wonder Rocket’s 50% off sales!

Check out what’s going on at Wonder Rocket at their Website (via Google Translate) or on their Facebook (Japanese only), Twitter (via Google Translate), or Instagram.

World Wide Love

World Wide Love Harajuku Tokyo JapanWhere’s the love? It’s at World Wide Love! The brand of the spray-painted smiley face covers your street style fashion needs while never straying too far from whimsy. Check out their great collaborations!

Check out our article on World Wide Love here!

June 20, 2016 0 comment
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Samantha Thavasa Luxury Handbags Tokyo Omotesando Japan

Though you can certainly find spots in Tokyo where you can spend less than $100 and walk away with shopping bags full of clothing and accessories, sometimes you’re looking for quality rather than quantity. Just one block from Tokyo Metro’s Omotesando station, you’ll find Samantha Thavasa, one of the most popular Japanese bag brands in Tokyo.

Samantha Thavasa is heaven on earth for anyone who loves to collect luxury handbags. As you pass under the chandeliers at the entrance of the store, you enter into a silken pink dreamland filled with all of the purses, totes, clutches, and handbags that you could ever want. You can choose from a variety of sizes and leathers, with or without matching silk interiors.

Bags with handles and shoulder straps not your thing? Well, Samantha Thavasa has a variety of wallets, clutches, and coin purses for those who travel light. Speaking of travel, if Tokyo is only a brief stop along your way, Samantha Thavasa offers a wide selection of chic and fashionable carry-on rolling bags to get your to your next destination in style.

Samantha Thavasa bags are made in Japan, which makes purchasing your new purse or clutch all the more special. So if you’re looking to treat yourself to some serious retail therapy and feel like a new bag is in order, set your sights for Samantha Thavasa in Omotesando. You deserve it.

Samantha Thavasa Omotesando Store Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Online Store

Nearest Station: 1-minute walk from Omotesando Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

 

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: To get the most luxurious and famous handbags in Tokyo!

Want to learn more about our favorite Japanese fashion companies? Visit our article Top 10 Japanese Clothing Brands.

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October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Hello Kitty is not just a sugary-sweet character. Since 1974, Sanrio (the company behind the cute mascot) has produced Hello Kitty-everything: from clothes to candy, school supplies to diamond necklaces, comics and Fender guitars and even a jet airliner. Hello Kitty has starred in comics, several TV series, and even a theme park.

Kitty’s true home, however, is at the Sanrio World Ginza. Located on the second floor of the Nishi Ginza Department Store, you’re sure to find anything imaginable with a Hello Kitty design. There are toys, sweets, and gifts for children, but they do not cater solely to the little ones. At Sanrio World, you can also find Kitty handbags, pajamas and towels for yourself or the grown-up Kitty fan in your life. They also stock many limited edition goods and collaboration items, such as the Kiss-themed Hello Kitty dolls.

Sanrio World so it also stocks goods based on the other members of the Sanrio family, such as from the Charmmy Kitty range and Cinnamoroll.  They even have regional items, so you can get those hard-to-find items that are normally only sold in distant locales.

If you love all things Kitty, check out Sanrio World in Ginza. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed!

And if you’re interested in Hello Kitty, than Voyagin has a deal for you! You can get an exclusive discount on tickets to Sanrio’s Hello Kitty Puroland!  Just click on the link to buy your ticket securely online via Voyagin (recommended) and save 45%! You’re going to need it–after that much sugary sweetness, you’re going to need extra toothpaste.

Sanrio World Ginza – Hello Kitty Store Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Yurakucho JR Station;  4-minute walk from Ginza Subway Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Mon-Tue-Sat 11:00 am – 8:30 pm; Wed-Thu-Fri 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun & Holiday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: For the Kitty fan, it’s an experience not to be missed! Get rare, unusual, and regional collectibles of the world’s sweetest character!

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October 20, 2014 0 comment
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