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The secrets of Asakusa lantern

When visiting Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, one cannot miss the Kaminarimon Gate and its huge red paper lantern. But who is behind the creation of this beautiful craft? We set off to meet Norio Yamada, who hand-draws on lanterns. Asakusa lanterns workshop: Yamazaki-ya Genshichi Chōchin In Asakusa, it takes two craftsmen to make a lantern. […]

Kanaya Brush

Asakusa’s Best Shops: Kanaya Brush

Let me introduce you to one of Asakusa’s best shops. Not far from Nakamise Dori Shopping Street and Senso-ji Temple, is a brush shop unlike any other called Kanaya Brush. They only work with natural hair from animals. This family owned business is now run by Mr. Hideo Ouchi. We met with him to learn […]

Asakusa, miniature Edo style toys shop

Nakamise dori: Miniature Edo-style toys

On Nakamise dori, the shopping street going from the Kaminarimon gate to the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa, is a small store that you might not notice. A small shop for small toys. Indeed, the shop sells traditional miniature Edo-style toys. There, we met with Mister Yoshitaka Kimura, the owner. He introduced us to this delicate […]

Kumade

Kumade Market: Celebrate the New Year in Tokyo

The kumade market is a Japanese New Year tradition taking place during the month of November. Kumade are beautiful Japanese handicrafts. They are mostly found hanging in shops and businesses. But these are not just decorative items. In this article, you will get to know more about kumade. What is a Kumade? A kumade is […]