Established to promote the country’s artisans, this beautiful shop is a great introduction to both traditional and contemporary Japanese design, with explanations in English about the products and where they’re from. It sells top-quality crafts from all over Japan on a rotating basis, so there are always new items on hand. Crafts may include woodblock prints, lacquerware, ceramics, textiles, paper products, calligraphy brushes, fans, metalwork, knives, furniture, and sometimes even stone lanterns or Buddhist family altars (many items are also sold online). Be sure to look in the sliding drawers along the wall—these hold prints and other works of art. Prices are high, but rightfully so. Craftsmen are sometimes on hand, demonstrating their techniques.
Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square (Zenkoku Dentoteki Kogeihina)
Our Rating Neighborhood Aoyama Hours Open daily 11am to 7pm Transportation Station: Aoyama-Itchome (exit 4 north, 5 min.). On Aoyama Dori, between the Akasaka Post Office and the Canadian embassy. Phone 03/5787-1301 Web site Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square (Zenkoku Dentoteki Kogeihina)
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