Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Shelby x Tokyo: Ginza


Shelby OOTD
Mac: Zara
Jeans: Uniqlo
Shoes: Minna Parikka
Crossbody bag: H&M
Bag pack: Fjallraven Kanken


Only in Japan can you find the ultimate Strawberry Shortcake, I kid you not.



EAT / DRINK

Have a petite set meal of bamboo shoots + fried tofu with baked Tosa pomelo on chicken at Muji Cafe at Muji Yurakucho-Ginza (which I believe is their flagship) after browsing through their plethora of nifty basic living-esque products. Or if you want something to-go how about the red bean pretzel-croissant from their bakery?

Cafe Muji
100-0005 Yurakucho 
1-3F, 3-8-3 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Let your eyes peer onto the bustling streets of Ginza from above as you sip on ume (plum) juice while awaiting the arrival of the fluffeh omurice (fried rice wrapped in omelette) and crab croquettes at Shiseido Parlour. If you don't have space for desserts, make room because the Strawberry Shortcake along with the Mont Blanc (chestnut) is just heavenly. Shiseido Parlour has been known to produce award-winning cakes so you can expect the same quality presentation from their biscuits and cadeau-worthy pastries. You may want to bring home a box of Shiseido Cheese Cake and some Hana-Tsubaki biscuits (as recommended by Fiona of @fionaloves to cook)

Shiseido Parlour
4F, Tokyo Ginza Shiseido
8-8-3 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

GO / BUY

Le Mother was all ready to lug a Muji rice cooker home if not for the voltage disparency. Wander through the many floors of this flagship store and don't forget to make payment at the tax-free counter if you're a foreign visitor. I especially love their waterproof mobile casing, erasable pen 0.5, crab bisque, instant soups (vegetable soup with okra etc), wooden kitchen utensils, drip coffee, ouka green tea and bobby pins.

Muji
100-0005 Yurakucho 
1-3F, 3-8-3 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

More on Loft in the Shibuya post but you can't not walk in if it's just beside Muji!

Buy all the washi paper and washi paper products at Kyukyodo! A branch of the Kyoto shop supplying incense  since 1663, you'll be spoilt for delicate artisanal Japanese goods like paper fans and envelopes. As I was gently caressing the rolls of colourful printed mulberry paper, I was reminded of on old favourite Weezer song 'Across The Sea' during the time when Rivers Cuomo began his fascination (turn obsession) with Japanese girls when they would send him fan letters (ahhh the days of fan letters... I wrote him a bunch including Jonathan Jackson and Devon Sawa) in kawaii letter sets. He sings, "They don't make stationery like this where I'm from.. So fragile, so refined.. So I sniff and I lick your envelope.. And fall to little pieces every time". Indeed Rivers, indeed.

Kyukyodo
5-7-4 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 

Regardless if you're into stationery or not, Itoya is an institution not to be missed. 6 floors of stationery with an additional annexe (sort of) dedicated only to pens, ink and art colours in a separate building, conquering the shop itself is a feat. Look out for their wide range of pens, the 6th floor dedicated to globes, a myriad of cards you can purchase and send on the spot and a wall full of paper samples! I bought a couple of calligraphy nibs like Nikko G and afew brush pens. Was deliberating if I should go for the staple-less stapler and a bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku ink but the budget did not permit. Such is life.
2-7-15 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Oh Muji, teach me your organized minimal ways!

Gorgeous biscuits that taste as sophisticated as they look.

Pantone palette pens at G.Itoya.

The pleasure is mine.


Uniqlo, we have landed.


Inspiration galore at Kyukyodo.


Do you have any Ginza favourites to share?? Comment below!

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