Strolling Alone around Ginza to Find Lovely Stationery, Zakka, and Superb Sandwiches!

Strolling Alone around Ginza to Find Lovely Stationery, Zakka, and Superb Sandwiches!
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Today I enjoy strolling around Ginza in search of nice stationery and sandwiches. The places I visit today: MUJI Yurakucho, MUJI’s flagship store; BEAMS with selected fun zakka; Itoya with a wide selection of stationery; American, an old sandwich shop to take a rest at; Tokyo Kyukyodo and Gekkoso Art Shop, traditional Japanese stationery stores filled with items tickling my heart; and finally Hakuhinkan with unique zakka.OK, let’s go fun zakka hunting!

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Start Ginza Walk from Yurakucho Station.

Start Ginza Walk from Yurakucho Station.
Yurakucho Station

Walking past Yurakucho’s major fashion complex, Lumine and Marui (where I usually shop), I head toward Ginza to find nice stationery and sandwiches!

Enjoy MUJI World! A Large Spacious Store, MUJI Yurakucho.

Enjoy MUJI World! A Large Spacious Store, MUJI Yurakucho.
MUJI Yurakucho
http://www.muji.com/jp/

First, I visit MUJI Yurakucho, the world’s largest MUJI store. It’s common to see MUJI located at almost every terminal station, but this huge store has an amazingly large selection of items so you can fully enjoy the world of MUJI!

The store has a display house of MUJI. I’m so in love with the simple unified furniture displayed in the house. It must be comfortable to live in a place like this.

Café & Meal MUJI is a perfect lunch spot for health-conscious people, with the concept of ‘use of organically grown vegetables and the least amounts of MSG’, ‘no preservatives’, and ‘local food’. Just like deli, you can pick whatever you want to eat, anytime you want. What I personally recommend, is their soft serve ice cream made from 100 % Jersey milk! They have seasonal desserts as well, so you can enjoy teatime here, too!

Let’s Check Out BEAMS, a Popular Select Shop.

Let’s Check Out BEAMS, a Popular Select Shop.
BEAMS Ginza
http://www.beams.co.jp/shops/detail/beams-ginza?lang=en

BEAMS GINZA has a wide selection of clothes, from business attire to casual clothes.

Check out their ‘zakka’ section! As they offer a variety of carefully selected zakka and accessories, from standard items to gifts, you can check out this shop first before going to specialty stores. Their items with a playful spirit will bring a smile to your face!

Inspiring Stationery at Itoya Ginza (Temporary Main Store).

Inspiring Stationery at Itoya Ginza (Temporary Main Store).
ITO-YA
http://www.ito-ya.co.jp/

Speaking of stationery in Ginza, Itoya is definitely the place to go. When I’m stuck at work, I often visit the store and get inspired with their goods. I’m always impressed with their tasteful paper items including greeting cards and letters nicely displayed in the store. Check out their fountain pens. You’ll get motivated just by holding it, and attached to it after using it for a long time. LAMY pens are suitable for gifts, as they are reasonably priced, and have various color choices.

I used to wonder how to read the store name.

I take a look at each section, from 1F to 5F, getting inspired.

Take a Break at American, Enjoying Their Deliciously Hearty Sandwiches!

Take a Break at American, Enjoying Their Deliciously Hearty Sandwiches!
American

American is an old sandwich shop located at the back of Kabuki-za. As the shop name implies, their sandwiches are as hearty as those you see in America. What I order today is ‘Ham-potato’ (1100 yen).

The photo doesn’t show well, but their large sized sandwiches are really BIG! I wonder if I can finish them, even though I’m starving now after walking a lot.

The wall and the ceiling are filled with various posters of movies, pictures, and plays. I never get tired of looking at them.

Their macaroni salad is hearty, too.

This rich, creamy corn soup goes perfectly with their sandwiches. I can’t finish the sandwiches (as expected), so I’ll take the leftovers home for today’s dinner.

Tokyo Kyukyodo, a Classic Japanese Stationery and Paper Shop Established in 1663.

Tokyo Kyukyodo, a Classic Japanese Stationery and Paper Shop Established in 1663.
Tokyo Kyukyodo
http://www.kyukyodo.co.jp/

Kyukyodo is one of the oldest shops around here. It specializes envelopes, letter papers and ‘washi’ (Japanese traditional handcraft paper) products selected from all over Japan.

They have such colorful stationery and ‘fumikou’ (small folded packets of fragrant incense enclosed in an envelope, so that a person who receives the letter can enjoy the aroma when opening the envelope). Why don’t you use these refined traditional communication tools sometimes, instead of fast, convenient text messages?

Here, you can get a little pricy, but classy folding fans. I think I’ve become old enough to value high quality items like these.

Gekkoso Art Supply Store, Founded in 1917.

Gekkoso Art Supply Store, Founded in 1917.
Gekkoso
http://gekkoso.jp/

Gekkoso is a long-established art supply store. The horn mark on the store sign implies ‘calling friends’. This art supply shop offers lovely stationery and notebooks in various colors as well. If you’re a stationery-lover, this store is a ‘must-see’ place and worth checking out.

Their sketchbooks can be used as notebooks.

They come in wide selection of colors, sizes and paper types, so I can’t decide which one to choose easily. (Which is fun in a way, though).

I’ve got a blue notebook and a pencil. The pencil cap has a horn mark on it.

Drop by Hakuhin-kan Toy Park to Look for Funny Stationery.

Drop by Hakuhin-kan Toy Park to Look for Funny Stationery.
Hakuhin-kan
http://www.hakuhinkan.co.jp/guide_en.html

You can find stationery at toyshops, too. So let’s stop by Ginza’s old toy shop, Hakuhin-kan to find something interesting.

Sushi pens. They have plenty of fun things like these. They are suitable for souvenirs to take when visiting foreign countries.

Finish My Stroll around Ginza, Arriving at Shinbashi Station.

Finish My Stroll around Ginza, Arriving at Shinbashi Station.
Shinbashi Station

Ginza, with so many stand-alone stores on the streets, is an ideal walking spot. I’d recommend that you try this course alone, not with someone else, to fully enjoy the walk and achieve the purpose, ‘looking for nice stationery and sandwiches’. Well, I’m totally satisfied today, after making a great find!

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