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    figured I'd compile something since I've been yapping about different shops in other threads and have gotten some questions aboutplaces etc..




    I also have some maps I made for my own use, but which could be useful for anyone going to either city.Tokyo Mapand Kyoto Map on Google maps.




    Tokyo - Daikanyama




    Lift Etage & Ecru - located close to each other, these two are in a shopping complex close to daikan-yama station. not that hard to find. very good selection of Carol Christian Poell at both (unfortunately biggest sizes are 46 and 48 in some stuff),Ecru has Rick Owens, Guidi, Stephan Schneider, Dries Van Noten... Etage hasLabel Under Construction, Ann Demeulemeester, Damir Doma, m.a+, Avantindietro and others. probably the best stores in tokyo. I didn't get a chance to go to Lift Position, but apparently they carry Raf Simons and such. Ecru had the cutest SA in the city <3




    Julius - the flagship shop is on the second floor of a small small shopping arcade, a bit hard to find but its the only shopping aecade at the location. gloomy, dimly lit concrete interior with odd rainforest sounds. good selection of the line, about3/4 of the total stuff I've seen.




    Attachment - two stores close to each other, other one is Kazuyuki Kumagai and other one plain Attachment. allright selection of the lines at both.




    Aoyama




    L'eclaireur - slightly off the street but not hard to find. stock wise quite dissapointing, not a huge selection and everything was disorganized. only one Poell piece on the racks, I had to ask for more and they only had 1-2 trousers, one shirt and one jacket all from an earlier season, Lift had a lot of new season already at this point. some random pieces from Dries, Berrini, Ann D, Rick Owens etc.. womens selection was a lot bigger.




    Loveless - the store itself is amazing, like an underground dungeon so worth a look.the entrancegoes unnoticed easily, a stone staircase next to aGoyard store.stuff they have is very mixed, cant remember what brands they had but nothing that interested me a lot..




    Comme Des Garcons - cool store, the usual selection of CDG stuff that available at most of their outlets.




    10 Corso Como - dissapointing, mostly CDG stuff, some Lanvin and a couple of other brands, maybe Balenciaga or something. really boring compared to the original Corso Como.




    Undercover - cool store, though personally I dont like the spring line much. good stock of it though, lots of womens wear as well.




    Dover Street Market - I'm pissed I even walked here.. another CDG store with nothing but all the Comme basics available at every one of their sale points around the city. I dont know why they'd call in DSM if it has nothing to do with the original one..




    Yohji Yamamoto - was closed when I got there, but it looked like a Y-3 store...?




    Omotesando




    N. Hollywood - one of the coolest stores concept and interior wise, hidden in a residential area somewhere behind Omotesando Hills.. at the end of a small dead end street, theres a metal gate and what looks like a wooden storefront from some smallrural town. the interior looks like a 50's-60's american home or office, very cool and surprising when you walk in.




    Addition Adelaide - small store behind also Omotesando Hills, they had Raf Simons, some Rick Owens and others.. not a huge stock though.




    Omotesando Hills - shopping complex that has a cool interior, houses the Ann Demeulemeester store as well a boutique called Edition. I had no idea what it was and simply went in after my girlfriend, only to notice a table full of m.a+ belts! their lineup is pretty weird with Stephan Schneider next to some Nudie Jeans.. a good selection of m.a+, some items from Nicolo Ceschi Berrini, Rick Owens, Whyred etc.




    Harajuku




    The Viridi-Anne - I love their latest collections so this was a must-go for me. small store with onlya signless black glass exterior. a good selection from s/s, though, friendly staff and apparently a regular customer decked in full V-A, who I thought worked there untill he payed for something..




    Beams International Gallery - good lineup of designers incl Robert Geller, Rick Owens, Kolor and quite a few other brands I cant remember.. worth a visit for sure.




    wjk - the store is inside the Laforet teenager mecca, which is good for eyeing shopper chicks I guess. decent selection of wjk and Reluxe stuff.




    Shibuya




    Via Bus Stop (Seibu)-if Alexander McQueenand Marc Jacobs are your homies, go here, not exactly what I expected.




    Space Tokyo - two 2nd handstores, I checked the one next to Tokyu Hands. mostly the same stuff they have online as well, worth checking out for sure.




    Midwest - nice selection of stuff on 4 floors, quite a bit of m.a+ including bags which are hard to come across. some Viridi-Anne, Mihara Yasuhiro, some local labels, ann demeulemeester, RO, Guidi.. the top floor artsy cafe is allright and cozy.




    Shinjuku




    Isetan - good selection of menswear and the most annoying SA's in retail history at the womens floor. damir doma, ann demeulemeester, dries van noten, stephan schneider, attachment, viridi-anne, rick owens.. N(N), undercover, cdg and some others.




    Barney's - the mens floor is small but some interesting labels. decent rack of Poell but mostly older season at that point. couple of really cool avantindietro shirts.. decent selection of LUC, also Dries, Lanvin, CDG, m.a+and some other stuff.


    Seibu is a good destination, from what opinion I formed in my time in Japan. Although primarily in Kyoto and Osaka. I will agree about the Fuji Daimaru complex, was quite puzzled at the assortment. It can be a treasure trove to some, but much more a needle in a haystack.
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    I'd love some more suggestions for shops or even interesting areas to check out around Tokyo. I've been here for a month and hit every major attraction I'd wanted to so I'm running low on things to do. I just end up biking around taking in the city which is quite nice but a little purpose would be welcome. I'm totally open to suggestion... thanks in advance

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    Well if you've run out of attractions to see in Tokyo...eat Endless amounts of good food to be had everywhere

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    How is it possible to see every attraction in tokyo in a month? That place is crazy. If you've seriously exhausted everything, you may want to go outside of the city. Try kamakura or yokohama if you haven't already.

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    Of course I haven't seen every attraction but I've seen everything I'd set out to see initially. It's pretty easy to get around and when you have nothing but time you exhaust 2-3 things a day. I've still yet to go to the Ghibli museum, parasite museum, and aokigahara but I still have another 2 months here so consider this a pre-emptive request.

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    Echoing that. There's no way you could exhaust Tokyo in a year, let alone a month.

    My recommendation is to search out local spots. Stuff that may be a little off the radar. I stumbled upon a little bar in Shinjuku and ended up making some friends that opened up a side of Japan that might be invisible if you just hang around the tourist traps.

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    I'm certainly not saying I've exhausted it just asking for recommendations as I've gone nearly everywhere I planned on going. The kind of experience you mentioned is exactly the type of thing I really want to have. My japanese is quite weak and I'm realizing that more and more being here but I guess it's just a matter of putting myself out there more. Where would you recommend I go? To izakaya, bars, etc...? as most of what I've seen everyone is there with a party of some how secluded. I'll have to just star approaching people on the street and stumbling through an introduction as I'd really like to make some other contacts outside of my few friends here.

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    My Japanese was a big fat zero. I just made a point to eat and drink at small local joints. You can't really go wrong. Throw a stick down any street and you'll hit a half dozen.

    Just hop in and chat. Don't be daunted and don't sit in the corner by yourself. Try what little words you know. Make sure to drink. No teetotaling. Whatever really. Kind of like being sociable anywhere in the world.

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    Ahh okay I will take your advice. No more fast food.... but lotteria
    Thanks though. Hopefully I can mingle it up some. Japan's fashion week is kicking off today so I'm going to tour around and see some stuff. Including an apprentice of yohji's (http://tokyo-mbfashionweek.com/en/brands/views/Ujoh) should be interesting.

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    Okay, I'll give a few recommendations that are a bit off the beaten path. These aren't super obscure, but not the typical toursity stuff either..

    - Golden Gai: part of kabukicho in shinjuku. You can't really get "smaller" bars than this area. It's a ton of little one room bars crammed upon each other. The fun thing is that many of them are themed. I remember a cinema bar, pro wrestling bar, snowboarding bar, punk rock bar, heavy metal bar, etc.

    - kichijoji: good shopping area, not too far from the ghibli museum. There's a really cool movie theater there called the Baus theater, which shows music themed movies (in addition to regular movies), but has a rock show set up. In other words they play the music LOUD. It's an experience. That area also has a ton of good little restaurants, bars, cafes, live houses, and there's a really nice park right by the station (called inokashira koen) that has a little lake and a zoo.

    - shimokitazawa: another good shopping area, but also has some of the coolest little restaurants, cafes and bars in the city. Many are also themed, but if you're into coffee they have some of the best you will find. Good record stores too.

    - Nakano: no visit to Tokyo is complete without stopping by Nakano Broadway. It has a sort of nerdy vibe like Akihabara, but a bunch of little shops catering to very specific niches. The usual otaku stuff is there, but they also have things like photo books, dolls, military gear, vintage denim, music, and all kinds of other stuff that changes periodically. Last time I was there in the summer they had an ice cream specialty shop that had all kinds of really weird flavors of ice cream.

    That's what I can think of right now. I'm sure others have some good ideas too.

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    can anyone recommend a tailor in or around shibuya? Preferably one that will understand english

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    Quote Originally Posted by tron View Post
    can anyone recommend a tailor in or around shibuya? Preferably one that will understand english
    Didn't find anyone while living in Tokyo. Did find a cobbler though.


    When it comes to Tokyo-areas off the beaten path I would recommend Jiyugaoka. Similar vibe to Kichijoji and Shimo-Kitazawa.

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    I went to shimo-kitazawa today, really cool area. Biked around for a few hours... even another ragtag location. Oh how I love ragtag...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tron View Post
    can anyone recommend a tailor in or around shibuya? Preferably one that will understand english
    I always go to Alter Inn at Daikanyama. http://www.17dixsept.jp/address/english/
    Was recommended to this place by Lift.
    Command of english by the staff is very limited though.

    Second Jumpoff on Jiyugaoka ... while there, you can pay Carrefour a visit, if you haven't already done so. http://www.couleur-coltd.com

    Sangenjaya is a nice area too ...

    Edit: in case you're looking for a cobbler, i recommend http://www.konigdermeister.com . They are the go-to guys for Lift.
    The owner speaks perfect english.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acid, Bitter and Sad View Post
    I always go to Alter Inn at Daikanyama. http://www.17dixsept.jp/address/english/
    Was recommended to this place by Lift.
    Command of english by the staff is very limited though.

    Second Jumpoff on Jiyugaoka ... while there, you can pay Carrefour a visit, if you haven't already done so. http://www.couleur-coltd.com

    Sangenjaya is a nice area too ...

    Edit: in case you're looking for a cobbler, i recommend http://www.konigdermeister.com . They are the go-to guys for Lift.
    The owner speaks perfect english.
    I took my Yohji pants there today thank you. She sized them exactly as I wanted within minutes and they will be done in a few days. Also gave me an excuse to revisit lift.

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    More than elsewhere, mainstreets in Tokyo are quickly boring, systematic. All that's interesting and funny in the city is hidden behind. Same with people. If you don't have a key (obviously language is the base but I doubt you'll learn japanese in a couple of months) or a good guide, I'm afraid you'll miss 80% of what makes the city unique and somehow addictive. Stadsvandringar gave you good tips imo.
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    I know greetings and that kind of stuff. I can converse a little and like ask people where they are from and say where I am from... ask someone for a drink and etc... just basic stuff. I met with a blogger out here who showed me some amazing hidden spots and I've been discovering more and more every day. Thankfully I do have a few friends that live in tokyo so really just trying to make more friends through them.

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    i'm traveling to japan and hong kong during the holidays and had a few questions for you guys. i'm looking to check out a lot of the shops that are mentioned in the thread (especially brands based in japan like julius, viridi-anne, etc.) but am worried about the poor dollar/yen exchange rate. my question is if it is worth it to purchase pieces in japan or to wait until i get to hong kong to shop there. are the japanese pieces much cheaper in japan? or is it going to be a better idea to wait until i get to hong kong?

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    I live in HK and travel regularly to Tokyo (about once or twice a year). If you are looking for Japanese brands like Julius, the only place you can find them in HK is in the select store chain "IT" which operates the Julius HK store and you can only find stuff from the current season (FW2012). Prices are also significantly higher than Japan (about 50% markup over the Japanese price). HKD suffers from the same exchange rate problem so generally I'd suggest you pick up the stuff that you want once you see them in Japan.

    However, based on my experience, many of the Julius stuff get sold out real quick in Japan (whether at the flagship store or in Isetan Men) so you may not actually be able to find much there. Try some of the second hand stores and you may be able to find them in pretty good shape actually. HK should be used as a back-up in case you can't find anything in Japan.

    And the only place you can find viridi-ann in HK is a store called Medium Rare.

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    thanks for the reply carol. last time i was in toyko i was lucky to be able to purchase some of the larger pieces since i'm a taller guy. i'm hoping that will be the case when i go to the store this time around.

    the IT stores are definitely on my to go list in HK, they had some amazing sales last time i was around and a great selection. thanks again!

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