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Let me skip right to the craft of Japan, since all of you are yarn addicts! It’s always very exciting when I visit a new place not knowing where can I find all these gems. I managed to find a few places in Google and also received some recommendations from my students. And off my venture into the motherland of amigurumi!

Okadaya

Okadaya


Okadaya

Address

3 Chome-23-17 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022, Japan

Opening hours

10.30am – 8.30pm

Oh my! This is my favourite place. I visited twice. The first time was just to browse, and the second time was to do some serious buying. This building has sooooo many craft resources you can practically stay there for the whole day! And it didn’t look like a craft shop from the outside. I have passed by so many times since I was staying near Shinjuku.

FIY: It has SEVEN storeys. It’s quite a standard in Japan though. The yarn section

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Kinokuniya

Kinokuniya


Kinokuniya

Address

3 Chome-17-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 163-8636, Japan

Opening hours

10am – 9pm

This is the most familiar name that everyone knows of! It’s 7-storeys tall too! I went straight up to the craft section. Please note that if you’re looking for amigurumi books, they can be found until this section called 手芸 (shugei) which also means handicraft. I was pretty lost in the bookstore. I was a little bewildered by the fact that I could find barely a handful of amigurumi books. I was really expecting a full bookshelf of them. Yes, there’s 2 full shelves but mostly books for bags and clothings. Bought some bag books instead because they’re very pretty =) You can browse there at our store!

Masuhisa senshoku kenkyūjo Nakameguro-ten

Masuhisa senshoku kenkyūjo Nakameguro-ten


益久染織研究所 中目黒店

Masuhisa senshoku kenkyūjo Nakameguro-ten

Address

Japan, 〒153-0042 Tōkyō-to, Meguro-ku, Aobadai, 1 Chome−8, 青葉台1丁目8−10

Opening hours

11am – 7pm

We actually found this place by pure chance. We were visiting Meguro River Park for sakura and after that we were roaming around the area. It was a really nice walk around the neighbourhood and we saw the Exile Tribe Station. Many girls were screaming there so I thought it must be some well-known band.

Tiny Rabbit Hole – Japan Craft Shop Yarn Crochet Knitting Laboratory Textile Exile

To our amazement we actually found a yarn shop amongst the residential area! It is pretty much different from the usual ones you usually see. I couldn’t read the shop name and couldn’t find a translation from it. This is the Google translation result: Mizuhisa Textile Research Laboratory Naka-Meguro store. Due to our language barrier, I couldn’t figure out what she actually does. She has a pretty cool yarn machine whereby you feed wool in and spins out yarn! And their yarns are normally a mixed of different colours. They do not push their yarns out of Japan, mainly to keep the quality and the uniqueness to their own brand. The yarns are thought to be hand-dyed and hand-spun.

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This is the yarn shop that’s amongst the residential area.
Tiny Rabbit Hole – Japan Craft Shop Yarn Crochet Knitting Laboratory Textile
The clump of wool that spins into yarn!
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The lady boss is very kind to demonstrate to us how this machine works

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Although it’s written here 50% off, each skein of yarn actually costs more than SGD$15. The yarns in the store easily costs $50 and above.
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Look how lovely they are!
2K540 Aki-Oka Artisan

2K540 Aki-Oka Artisan


2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

Address

5丁目-9 Ueno, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0005, Japan

Opening hours

11am – 7pm (except Wednesday)

This place is equivalent to our Haji Lane, except that you have shelter. It is right underneath the train tracks so it gives a very unique vibe! There are many stores and you can only find unique handmade items. It so happens to have a handmade fair featuring only cats. Japanese really love cats right? =)

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Very happy to have bought something pretty from the fair! And look at their packaging? Although simple, there’s still great effort put in!

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Plushie on the left, amigurumi on the right. So cute right =))

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Exterior of the cafe. I like all their mini figurines! All monsters
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Even the signboard is so rustic
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The cats look so real. But they’re actually selling bags. The cats are a decoy!

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This is the cat craft event Every booth is done up very prettily

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Got hold of the socks namecard. So cute!

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Lotsa hats! All crochet/knitted ones

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Having a cuppa here. The beans smells so good I couldn’t help it although I don’t drink coffee

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Huge mascot to welcome us!

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Even the letter on every unit looks so polished and handcrafted.

Tokyu Hands

Tokyu Hands

This is like heaven to me! I wasn’t convinced to visit Tokyu Hands as it didn’t really have things that I like for our Singapore branch. I thought that it should be around the same. I didn’t exactly chose to visit Tokyu Hands but we just found it while trying to navigate our way to Kinokuniya. Also 7 storeys. I wonder what’s with 7. Or perhaps I remembered wrongly since I wrote this blog 4 months later :O They really have EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN! So let me cut short to the craft section. There were around 3 levels of craft. Unfortunately they do not stock up much things for yarns and such. But if you’re looking to buy any sort of craft materials, that’s where you can head to!

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There’s even a calligraphy workshop to teach people how to use the pen selling at Tokyu Hands!

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Puppy Yarn

Puppy Yarn


Puppy Yarn

Address

2 Chome-26-4 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tōkyō-to 155-0031, Japan

Opening hours

11am – 7pm

This is a small and cozy shop that’s pretty far away from town. I remembered that Terrix and I got a little lost. We couldn’t find the correct side of the train to board… Anyway we managed to make our way there. All the owners are very lovely =) I didn’t take any photos in their shop, so I’m going to describe to you.

Tiny Rabbit Hole – Puppy Yarn Amigurumi Crochet Shop Tokyo Japan Knitting European Katia

There are many European brands such as Rowan and Katia, and in fact I saw some of these brands at Okadaya too. But different shops stock up different things so you get to see something different in every shop that you go. Puppy Yarn is their own local brand and they do not export to other parts of the world. You have to buy them there! I only bought some home as I was still hesitating what can I make with these special and pretty yarns. They make lots of bags and clothings to showcase, mainly winter wear. Perhaps it was still spring that’s why I don’t see summer yarns.

We walked around the area after that and it’s quite an interesting area I shall say. We went into a bookstore nearby that sells everything.

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Passed by a pet shop too.

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Passed by this building. Their interior and exterior is so pretty! When can I have a shop like this? Hmmm…

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Keito

Keito


Keito

Address

3 Chome-5-4 Asakusabashi, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0053, Japan

Opening hours

10am – 6pm

Finally found Keito after walking a distance. It’s tucked in a quiet neighbourhood and it looks pretty! I realised that Japanese shops like to use warm light. Keito has many kinds of yarns and also many European brands. The stuff they carry are quite different from the others that I’ve been to. So if you have decided to buy something here, please do! No second chance

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Shops I see along the way to Keito!

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Fabric Street

Fabric Street


Fabric Street, Nippori Textile Town

Address

6 Chome-7-2 Higashinippori, 荒川区 Arakawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 116-0014, Japan

Opening hours

10am – 5/6pm

You can stroll through this town. There are so many shops along this road and you can find all the things you want for craft! But I can’t vouch for yarns as I only found 1 shop that sells crochet stuff. If you find out more stuff, let me know!

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I haven’t been to this craft shop before, but my students managed to find this place and mentioned that this is a very big craft store! They have super lots of things. I had a short look on google map. Hope to visit this place the next time. Do share with me about your findings if you got there =D

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