Tokyo blogger's meet-up

My friend Angela had in idea for a Tokyo blogger's meet-up, as there had never been one before.  And so yesterday we met: Angela from Sake Puppets, Frances from Miss Matatabi, Chie from Vivat Veritas and me.

We organized the meet-up at Nippori textile town, which is vaguely reminiscent of NY fabric districts. The great thing about Nippori is that you can find lots of gorgeous Japanese cottons and linens. Like LOADS! Some of the bigger shops have a section with old collections where a metre of fabric can cost  as little ¥100 (approximately $1)!!!

In this picture, you can see Angela raving about her brand new cut of Korean cotton. I like the fact that it matches her bag
We shopped at lot in Tomato, one of the biggest shop in the district. Our interest was sparked by this section with photo prints, bright and eye catching, but non of us would usually wear something like this. Then somebody came with an idea of a challenge: buy a piece of fabric which put us out of our comfort zone, and make a garment by our next meet-up. And so we did ;-) Stay tuned, my friends!



For once, I brought a shopping list and solemnly promised to the group not to buy anything extra. But do you think they believed me? They did not! Needles to say that my eyes are bigger than my stomach (or in this particular case, my eyes were bigger than my bag)...


The shop policy "No Photo" was violated many times by our group. We pretended to be tourists ^.^

No meet-ups or fabric shoppings trips can conclude without a nice meal. Chie showed us an amazing Middle Eastern restaurant which looked like a Bedouin tent.  We opted for the "All you can eat" option and the generous owner was bringing more and more dishes until we could not eat anymore.

We had such a great time!




This post also seems like a good opportunity to mention the digital book that Angela and Frances recently released: Tokyo Craft Guide.

If you travel to Tokyo and are crazy about crafting, this is exactly what you need! This personalized guide explores six areas which are off the beaten tracks.  Even I, having lived in Tokyo for a while and considered myself a "local", have discovered many new addresses from this book! The information contained in the book is unique and you won't find it anywhere but in Tokyo Craft guide.



The book incorporates lots of external links, both to official websites of shops and also to Google Maps, showing the exact location of each place. Isn't it cool? If you walk in the area with a tablet or phone, you can quickly find the shop you are interested in!



After you're done shopping it's time to get some rest. Tokyo Craft guide lists recommendations for restaurants and coffee shops as well.

The book also contains tips and trick of craft shopping in Japan and a useful Japanese dictionary!

Are you up to the next Tokyo meet-up?

Comments

  1. Would it be outrageous to come all the way to Japan for the next meetup!!! That looks like such great shopping and the pdf is a must buy if I ever make it to Japan. Can't wait to see what you make out of your challenge fabric.

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  2. I made it to Nippori Textile Town on my visit to Toyko in 2011. Reaallly wish I'd had the craft guide back then! Even so, the stuff that I did find was pretty incredible. I also went to an amazing shop in Shinjuku that had about six floors of fabric and all sorts of other cool things like wigs and false eyelashes. I absolutely loved Toyko and would go back in a heartbeat. Very envious of your fabric shopping trip.

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  3. The shop in Shinjuku is probably Okadaya. Yes, it's a big six-floor craft madness!

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  4. Hey, Kirsty! Come over! We'll stitch and bitch and eat lots of Japanese food!

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  5. So fun! Thanks Inna! I can't wait to see your challenge fabric in action!

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  6. I'm envious because it looks like you ladies had so much fun! Tomato looks so tempting. I think I need to be hopping on the shinkansen to Tokyo soon!

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  7. Don't be shy and come along! I have a spare sofa :-) You still live in Fukuyama, don't you?

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  8. I do! Tokyo looks like a sewing mecca compared to here. It would be lovely to meet some fellow Japan sewists.

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  9. I'm up for it! If you can wait until next Spring that is... which is when I'm planning the trip to Japan that I've been dreaming about for years :) Looks like soooo much fun x

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  10. Oh no! I will leave Japan by spring ;( But oh yes! You'll have the time of your life! I am only imagine what garments you'll make with all the goodies from Nippori!

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  11. We would like to organize one more meet-up in the end of August. So I'll let you know. But even without a meet-up you are very welcome to stay with me! We could go fabric shopping regardless and have a pyjama party!

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  12. How fun! What an awesome day! I guess I'm pretty lucky because although I've never been to Japan, I've gotten to shop with both you and Chie! :D

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  13. And I hope you will have a chance to shop with Angela too, since she moves to NY in October!

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  14. This looks like such a fun day! And thank you for the heads up for the shopping guide! My husband and I are heading to Japan for a month next April and I am so keen to check out the crafty scene :D

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