Daikanyama: the SoHo of Tokyo

Daikanyama... one of many Japanese words at which I stared for several seconds, then pronounced syllable by syllable like a slow Kindergardener. Turns out, Daikanyama is an area of Tokyo that's been likened to SoHo and one which many a local told me was a must-see for a fashion girl.

The locals were right (as usual). Daikanyama was indeed as adorably SoHo-ish as it was a fashion feast. I don't mean that there were big brands and overly expensive boutiques everywhere; this place catered to the vintage store lover and the unique clotheshorse who wants to wear pieces that nobody else has... aka ME. I have admittedly become a bit picky in my shopping tastes, but this place was right up my alley.

NOTE: to my fellow Tokyoans (or as Aunt B calls them, 'Tokos') Daikanyama is between Ebisu and crazy Shibuya. Go on a sunny day.

The first treasure chest we popped into was Smith's Artique. They sold items like vintage Hermes bangles and scarves, vintage Chanel purses, old Louis Vuitton luggage trunks, vintage barely-worn Jimmy Choos (geez, say vintage more). Didn't purchase anything but tried on everything of course...

We stopped at another antiques and candles store called Concierge.

Fantastic store, however one particular display kind of threw me off...

I would have posted this as a GOOD ENGRISH installment, but it's not really Engrish. It's just weird. Perhaps it used to say Brass Springs?

What did I find at Daikanyama?

A ginormous metal flower

Amazing furniture

A company called JELLYFISH on the 7th floor of a building. Yay!

Delightful boutique aesthetics, i.e. this neat blue door

Found a new favorite restaurant that DOES in fact serve Dos Equis lager beer. My friends know what a discovery this is for someone (ahem, me) whose beer-of-choice in the states is The XX.
The restaurant was in fact Mexican - La Hacienda Del Cielo - but it had a rooftop deck to die for and a sweet ceiling fixture that looked like giant snakeskin....

I also found a pink gnome in one store. He was hiding under a rack of clothes. Don't think for a second that I didn't consider a gnome heist, but the clerk watched Pam and I like a hawk; there was no way we were sneaking that sucker out. 

What did I buy at Daikanyama? I'll post pics in a separate post, but I can tell you that both items (a silk hooded jacket and some leather sided shades) were under 3000 yen ~ about 30 bucks. And I want to wear them every day.

Daikanyama - funny name, serious shopping.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2/22/2011

    I cannot believe that you left without the gnome. Aunt B


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