Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten is one of my favorite stores in Japan. The store deals with Japanese crafts, and as well as creating its own items, it sells high-quality products from all over the country. Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten is dedicated to presenting Japan’s traditional crafts appropriate for the modern age.
Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten is based on the concept of providing an access point to Japan’s crafts, and its Shibuya store is the biggest in the country. The store opened in November last year, and it offers 4,000 items that Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten makes in conjunction with over 800 manufacturers nationwide. The layout of the Shibuya store is based on a grid plan, which reflects the street plan in Nara, the city where Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten originated.
My favorite items at Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten are its original omikuji, which are fortune slips written on pieces of paper. The slips are inserted into ceramic mascots, and each region produces its own special type. The Shibuya store sells an omikuji within an ornament shaped like the famous statue of the dog that stands outside Shibuya Station. You should certainly try to visit Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten to explore the beauty of Japanese crafts.
Name: Ma Yi-Ju (Ruby)
ADDRESS: Shibuya Scramble Square 11 F, 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
HOURS: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
ACCESS: Close by Shibuya Station