Friday, August 22, 2008

Too good to use

Even beyond craft blogging circles I heard many mentions of the famous Ito-ya stationery store in Ginza. It was high on my list of places to visit in Tokyo. Who could resist a stationery store that takes up 3 buildings over several floors?

The store was wonderful and I spent more than an hour there filling my shopping basket with an assortment of cards, sticky notes, mini notepads. All of it is almost too good to use.

This is a photo of the much smaller store in Marunouchi (just near the Peninsula Hotel which is an easy landmark to spot).

If you find yourself in Ginza though, just look for the giant red paperclip. It's hard to miss and worth seeking out.

7 comments:

Kate said...

Three buildings? I seriously think my heart fluttered.

Thank you for the heads-up - I'm hoping to be in Japan in November, although how to possibly choose from so many floors of stationery is a confronting thought!

katie@weheartbooks.com said...

Ito-ya is amazing - I too splurged there on letter sets which I hope I will have the courage to use!

Katherine said...

I also spent hours here on a recent visit to Tokyo -- and came out $200 poorer, but with the most delicious findings... What an amazing place.

mycraftyways said...

I love this place !
Without even knowing, I found myself literally roaming around the floors, mouth slightly open...hum...enough said. It is a delicious place for paper-lover.
The separate building dedicated to Japanese traditional paper and calligraphy is full of beautiful discoveries too !

sara said...

Itoya Ginza is my all tiem favorite store, next to Harrod's food court in London. ANyway, LOVE it and go there once a year when I visit my best friend who lives in Tokyo.

mikodesign said...

wow, it sounds like paradise. I want to go there...soon!

violet said...

Ito ya is my favorite shop In The World, bar none (although Yuzawiya in Tsudanama, Chiba, runs a close second). when in Tokyo, I generally set aside an entire morning for roaming, selecting, cooing...last year I was there in november, in time for the calendars and the new year cards - so wonderful!