Have you ever heard of the term “monozukuri”? It is a compound of two words “mono” meaning thing and “zukuri” meaning to make. Monozukuri embodies the spirit of skill and craftsmanship towards the art of making things.
In this feature, we talk about a street that represents the spirit of monozukuri which is located between Akihabara and Okachimachi station in Tokyo. All the shops are located in the space under the railroad tracks, which adds a unique atmosphere. So let’s check it out.
This street is called 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN and is closed on every Wednesday.
As you can see from the map, there are many shops that sell clothing, decor, leather goods, tableware that all focus on monozukuri. There are also a couple of cafes.
This store sells Japanese woodworking products and you can see the popular asanoha (hemp leaf) pattern on the door.
You can find a range of functional wooden items like smartphone stands at various price points.
The next store is known for its randoseru, which are bags used by elementary school students for six years. Each piece is handmade.
One of the most popular stores is this one, where you can find one-of-a-kind aizome (indigo-dyed) pieces.
There is a certain warmth and distinctiveness to each item and these are truly special as gifts.
Next, we stop at a ceramics store. Anyone who loves pottery will be in awe.
You can look for cups, plates, rice bowls, and many more delicately crafted ceramic items.
This is also an atelier shop & gallery with the most interesting and exciting products.
You can find character goods such as key rings, charms, straps and even books. You can also have a meal or enjoy coffee.
There are so many cool funky items that make for great gifts.
If you like character goods, you will definitely enjoy this spot!
There is also a space where you can create and display your own works.
There are more than 50 shops, where you can buy Japanese monozukuri-themed products. Next time you’re in Tokyo, be sure to check out this place between Akihabara and Okachimachi.
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