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Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:55 am
by Bok
Dear Teaforum knowledge cloud,

Heading to Tokyo in February, anyone willing to share some good tea-ware related places to check out?
In particular I want to browse Tetsubin kettles, but anything teware related is of interest of course...

In the past, I shockingly found shopping centers of all places sometimes having really nice things :shock:

Thanks in advance, every little scrap is appreciated!
Tokyo is a humungous place and some guidance can save precious time :D

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:33 pm
by pedant
http://kougeihin.jp.e.oo.hp.transer.com/aoyama/ (Aoyama Square Traditional Crafts)
https://goo.gl/maps/zy8W6Z2Aefm

you can try this gallery for hq crafts in general, some of it could be teaware.

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:56 pm
by Victoria

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:47 pm
by Shine Magical
I had wanted to go here but didn’t because it was kind of out of the way

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_ ... Kanto.html


I went to a place in Ginza but wasn’t too blown away, don’t remember the name but it had a black inner decor

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:46 pm
by Bok
Thanks everyone, that is already a lot of good clues on where to go! Can’t wait!

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:11 am
by pedant
i know you said teaware, but if you want to look at a tea shop in tokyo, i'd check out thés du japon's new shop: https://japaneseteasommelier.wordpress. ... ten-years/

also, i'm glad you're taking the time to ask people in advance. ime, showing up in japan and asking people where to find good tea and teaware simply will not work. people will want to help you but won't be able to. most japanese people know little about tea and don't really care about it. to most there, it's just something to drink for free instead of water.

i wish i could tell you more places to go, but i haven't discovered them yet 😅

unless you get specific recommendations, imo your best bet in general is to look for nice art/antique galleries. that's where i've seen the best stuff.
home goods sections of department stores were a waste of time for me.

if you go beyond tokyo... in kyoto, there are sweet galleries (like asahido -- some crazy antique tetsubin there) by the kiyomizudera. robert yellin's gallery is there as well.

tokoname is also a nice place to visit if you like tokoname yaki.

good luck, and let us know if you find cool places!

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:22 am
by debunix
When I visited Tokyo in 2003, I drank tea when we were out, but I was not really 'into' tea yet; and now I wonder if this shop was selling charcoal for tea ceremonies or another purpose; it was close to the most expensive real estate in Tokyo, in Ginza, and was ultra spare chic:

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I wonder if there were fabulous tea stores nearby....although in that location, I'd assume you'd be paying a very large premium for the location.

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:25 pm
by pizzapotamus
debunix wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:22 am
When I visited Tokyo in 2003, I drank tea when we were out, but I was not really 'into' tea yet; and now I wonder if this shop was selling charcoal for tea ceremonies or another purpose; it was close to the most expensive real estate in Tokyo, in Ginza, and was ultra spare chic:

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I wonder if there were fabulous tea stores nearby....although in that location, I'd assume you'd be paying a very large premium for the location.
Sorry to disappoint but it looks like they were selling pure goop http://www.tanagokoro.com/english/charcoal/index.html

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:34 pm
by debunix
Not disappointing at all. Just the sort of bizarre snake oil you get aimed at the really rich.

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:23 am
by Bok
another question to the Japan crowd: If I were too look into getting some Gyokuru, were would a good place in Tokyo be? Including the above listed places.

It is the only Japanese Tea I am really tempted to try in a good quality. Or let's include high quality Sencha. I have had medium-low quality sencha in the past, which has not done any favours to my perception of this kind of tea - personal preference only! - so maybe the top stuff can change my mind...

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:08 pm
by pizzapotamus
The previously mentioned Thes du Japon shop should absolutely be able to hook you up with high quality Gyokuro or Sencha, he's also a big fan of offering less common styles such as pan fired kamaira-cha or fermented bancha.

Re: Looking for places to browse: Tokyo

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:36 pm
by Bok
pizzapotamus wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:08 pm
The previously mentioned Thes du Japon shop should absolutely be able to hook you up with high quality Gyokuro or Sencha, he's also a big fan of offering less common styles such as pan fired kamaira-cha or fermented bancha.
Thanks! I’ll have a look! On that list too is that very old brand Yamatoyama, anyone tried their teas?