Apr 29, 2014

shop#75 Lion-Do

Lion-Do is a unique boutique in Ryogoku for king-size people like Sumo wrestlers.

shop#74 Sumida Edo Kiriko Kan

Edo Kiriko, designated as a Traditional Crafts by Tokyo, is a glass making cutting patterns on the surface by hands. At Sumida Edo Kiriko Kan, you can experience this technique.

- 3 times a day starting from 10:30, 13:00 and 15:00
- takes about 90 minutes
- 4 people at the same time
- Adults cut glasses, Children over the higher grades of elementary school cut paperweight
- staffs can not speak English, so its better to be with an interpreter.
- make reservations through email or phone
- closed on Sundays and national holidays

You can also buy beautiful glasses here.

Website (Japanese only)

shop#73 Museum Shop at EDO-TOKYO Museum

In the back of Rogoku Kokugikan, there is Edo-Tokyo Museum where you can learn history and culture of Tokyo. At the museum shop and the souvenir shop on the first floor, you can buy Japanese crafts as well as postcards, books and sweets. There is a huge Kumade (a rake) from floor to ceiling in front of this shop.


Apr 26, 2014

shop#72 Yamamoto Soroban

Soroban, Japanese abacus, is a classical calculator, which is one of the popular practices among children under 12 years old. Though the typical size is about 30 cm (12 inch), surprisingly the one next to the entrance door is 2 meter long (6 feet 7 inch long). There are more than 100 types of Soroban here.

Apr 25, 2014

shop#71 Water Color

Umbrellas, especially folding umbrellas, are very popular among tourists from Asian countries. They are cute, colorful and inexpensive.

Apr 23, 2014

shop#70 Fujiya

Different from Fujiya, shop#4 Traditional Japanese towel shop, this shop sells inexpensive Kimono and Japanese souvenirs. Get an Ichiban (No.1) headband here, and you could be a Karate kid^^

Apr 22, 2014

shop#69 Naruto Taiyaki Honpo

Taiyaki is a fish-shaped pancake filled with bean jam. This Taiyaki shop opened some months ago and many people stand in line to buy Taiyaki, anytime when I pass by. Eat right after you get it. The shell is crispy and tastes good. Located in Asakusabashi.

Apr 20, 2014

shop#68 Yabukita

To make Soba which is a noodle made from buckwheat flour, you have to get special tools. This is a speciality store for Soba makers. 

Apr 16, 2014

shop#67 Iriyama-Senbei

Senbei means a baked rice cracker. Iriyama-Senbei is one of the popular Senbei stores in Asakusa opened in 1914. Happy 100-year anniversary!!!

Here you can see the performance to bake Senbei one by one. 120 yen per Senbei.

Apr 15, 2014

shop#66 KONCENT

This is a specialty store, located in Kuramae, Taito-ku, selling beautiful and functional goods designed originally for KONCENT by professional designers and student designers.

Let's see what is sold. Do you like it?


To people in Australia,

The new KONCENT shop will be opened in Melbourne on October 4, 2014. You will be able to buy the fine Japanese design products in your country!

Apr 12, 2014

shop#65 Sanbido

This shop has a history at Nakamise Street since 1939, which sells Japanese masks, block prints, Kokeshi dolls or Japanese candles. The mask of white lady is called OKAME, and the red face next to her is TENGU.

shop#64 Tokyo Hotarudo

Here is an antique shop selling the products many decades ago. Once you enter this store or even the alley, I am sure you feel nostalgic.

Apr 11, 2014

shop#63 Kururi

This shop located at Denpoin Street in Asakusa sells Tenugui, Japanese towells. These are designed in traditional patterns, but many are in a modern design such as Peanuts (Snoopy)^^  Choose your favorite one from 300 patterns!

Apr 10, 2014

shop#62 Sumo Store at Kokugikan

Kokugikan is a place to see Sumo but not everyday of course. Sumo Tournament at Kokugikan is held only in January, May and September. The store and the Sumo museum is open even if there is no Sumo match. At the shop, you can get Sumo goods, e.g. T-shirts, cups, flags, stationaries, chocolates, or figures.

The store and the Sumo Museum will be closed irregularly, so please check the schedule on the website in advance.



Apr 7, 2014

shop#61 Iidaya-Hagimasa

This is a shop for the people doing Japanese traditional dance, but there are also many colorful Hagoita, funny masks or beautiful Japanese fans.

Apr 5, 2014

shop#60 Togendo (will be closed)

Togendo will be closed and relocated soon. Now you can buy on 30%-50% off price.

This is a shop selling products in the Japanese style, i.e., bags, wallets and charms. These pieces are made one by one by craftsmen or artists.

Apr 3, 2014

shop#59 Asanoya

In Hanakawado, northeast of Asakusa, there are many shoe shops including Zori and Setta. In summer, it is nice for men to put on Setta.

shop#58 Sakura Photo Studio

Now is a good season to go for a walk wearing Kimono. This studio provides kimono for children too, so your whole family can enjoy it. Available in English and Korean.