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  • Three shops where you can find traditional Japanese crafts recommended by Editor-in-Chief Marei
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We introduce attractive spots in Chiyoda Ward chosen by Editor-in-Chief Marei: 

Japanese culture is hidden in any detail of their traditional crafts. They are created with old techniques using Japanese materials and are full of unique discoveries. Why don't you incorporate these beautiful crafts made by skilled craftsmen into your daily life?

This time, Editor-in-Chief Marei visited three stores specializing in traditional crafts in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. We are introducing the charm of Japanese washi paper, paper lanterns, and high-class eco-friendly chopsticks!

Yamagataya KamitenDiscover the beautiful world of Japanese washi paper

Opened in 1879, "Yamagataya Kamiten" is a Japanese washi paper paradise! Specializing in washi paper the shop has a wide range of customers, from professional artists to people who want to buy cute souvenirs. The shop offers rare Japanese washi papers from all over the country. Washi is perfect for arts and crafts, and many of the original products make a lovely souvenir of a gift for your close friends!

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    “Yamagataya Kamiten” Paper Store facing Sakura-dori Street in Kanda Jimbocho

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    There are so much more products than you would think at first glimpse – many Japanese paper products are stored in drawers and shelves inside the store.

The shop owner, a washi expert, regularly visits paper manufactories in every part of the country and carefully selects only the paper she approves. Sometimes, she has ideas for new washi designs and creates them in cooperation with the manufacturers. Therefore, many washi products are only available at “Yamagataya Kamiten”.

This washi set is also an original product of the shop.

They have many everyday items and accessories made of Japanese washi paper as well as plenty of cute Japanese-style miscellaneous goods, so if you are looking for a gift, this is the place to go!

 Yamagataya Kamiten

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Address 2-17 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-3263-0801
Business Hour 午前10:00〜午後6:00 午前11:00〜午後5:00(営業時間短縮の場合)

Yoshinoya ShotenTraditional Edo paper lanters

Yoshinoya Shoten is just a stone's throw away from Akihabara Station. The shop is specialized in "Edo hand-painted lanterns".

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    Yoshinoya Shoten has a gallery where you can look at their products

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    Lanterns are made using iron frames. A thread is hooked onto the jagged edges of the frame. This creates the base and the shape of the lantern.

The origin of Japanese paper lanterns dates back to the early 16th century. In the 19th century, lanterns became an affordable source of light for the common people. Today, lanterns are also used for weddings, festivals, restaurants, and interior design.

This craftsman with a career of more than 30 years writes characters in a Japanese lettering style called "Edo moji".
This is the finished lantern!

At Yoshinoya Shoten, you can order lanterns as a gift or for your home. So how about incorporating Japanese traditional lanterns into your home? Wouldn't that be beautiful?

 Yoshinoya Shoten

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Address 2-13 Kanda-Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-3866-2935
Business Hour 月〜金 10:00〜17:00

Hashikatsu HontenBuy the same chopsticks the Japanese royal family uses

Since the store opened in 1910, “Hashikatsu Honten” carries more than 80 kinds of chopsticks, including chopsticks used by the Japanese Imperial Family, high-end disposable chopsticks for hotels, airplanes, and restaurants, and festive chopsticks when having guests for a celebrative meal. Visiting the shop is not only a fun shopping experience but also a deep dive into Japanese chopsticks culture.

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    Shelves filled with wooden chopsticks.

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    This is just a small selection of chopsticks used emperor’s family and household. The chopsticks are made of white willow wood, which is said to bring luck.

The shelves in the store are full of chopsticks in different sizes, colors, and materials. There are high-end disposable chopsticks made from domestic wood for commercial use in restaurants and “celebratory chopsticks” for entertaining guests at home.

Beautiful celebratory chopsticks

Japanese disposable chopsticks are made from domestic wood. They are carved out of the leftovers of wood used for building materials that have no other use. It’s a way to eliminate waste and value ​​resources. Japanese people who very are particular about clean, hygienic tableware generally use disposable chopsticks only once and then throw them away, but in fact, unlacquered wood chopsticks can be reused.

High-grade chopsticks from “Hashikatsu Honten” are perfect as a Japanese gift and when treating special guests at home. So why don’t you get a pair of exceptional chopsticks for a special occasion?

 Hashikatsu Honten

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Address Hashikatsu Building 1st floor, 3-1-15 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-3251-0840
Business Hour 午前9時〜午後6時(土曜日は午後3時まで) (時短営業で変わる場合があります)




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