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Entries in osaka (4)

Saturday
May232009

esaka 江坂

esaka 江坂 (えさか) is in area north of umeda, on the midosuji subway line. esaka is home to perhaps the best fabric store in osaka (that i know of) otsukaya. there is also a small tokyu hands, a kawachi stationary/ art supply shop, and uniqlo nearby, so it's a convenient area for shopping for fabric and crafts.

otsukaya

〒564-0051 大阪府吹田市豊津町13−38

closed on wednesdays (except if it's a holiday, generally). cash only.

otsukaya website (in japanese): http://otsukaya.co.jp/

the 3rd picture from the top on the right side is the osaka, esaka store 大阪江坂


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directions for how to get there:

take exit #4 from esaka subway station on the midosuji line.

after walking down these stairs, turn right and cross the brick paved plaza.

 

continue walking basically foward, across the street and down this street between the pachinko parlour and the shabu shabu restaurant.

it's several blocks.

on the left side of the street.

with a red awning.

 

tokyu hands/kawachi

the tokyu hands is very close to the station as well. to get there, just leave the same exit, and walk down the stairs and walk straight ahead. it's in a building on the right. the kawachi art supply is also in the same building on the ground floor.


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Wednesday
Mar042009

umeda 梅田

umeda 梅田(うめだ)is one of the main shopping areas and transit interchanges in osaka. umeda station is the main hub of the hankyu train line in osaka, and from both it and nearby JR osaka station it's convenient to transfer to the osaka subway system.

loft

loft umeda address:

日本大阪府大阪市北区茶屋町16−7

loft is a little bit similar to tokyu hands, with housewares and a great selection of stationary products.

muji (inside loft)

the muji at umeda is the top floor (8th) of loft.

the closest exit from the hankyu station to loft/muji is the chayamachi exit, which also leads right past a ghibli character goods shop (tottoro, etc.) inside the station, and is very close to a yummy bagel and bagel cafe that faces the street be is in the station building.


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map showing the location of the loft/muji building in the umeda area.

kinokuniya

one of the japanese giant bookstore chains (see more about japanese bookstores here). inside hankyu umeda station, it's very convenient especially if you are transferring between the hankyu and subway. this branch tends to be quite crowded, and the craft book selection is a little limited and thumbed through, but worth a look.

Wednesday
Mar042009

namba 南場

muji

the muji in namba is the largest muji in osaka, with 3 floors and a restaurant in the basement.

it's in the same building as tower records. the streets behind these buildings are the center of restaurant supply shops in osaka, where you can get all kinds of kitchen gadgets for cheaper than elsewhere.

the atrium inside the namba muji store, looking down into the restaurant.

namba parks なんばパークス

namba parks is a brand new shopping center, with theaters and restaurants.

http://www.nambaparks.com/access/index.html

kulasu season

kulasu season is another shop nearby on the same floor of namba parks, which has housewares and a nice selection of craft books.

http://kulasu.jp/

 

here's a map showing these places in namba, and also the entrance to the shisaibashi suji arcade (next).

 


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Wednesday
Mar042009

shinsaibashi 心斎橋

this section is actually about shinsaibashi suji, the shopping arcade that runs between namba (to the south) and shinsaibashi subway station (to the north). the shopping arcade actaully continues further north, but the places and pictures that follow are form the section between these two subway stations.

standing a little bit north of namba station, you have this view facing north. this is the entrance to the shopping arcade, next to the huge toho cinema building.

this is the view if you look to your right, leading back towards the area where kitchen supplies are sold.

toraya fabric store

this store has a nice selection of cute japanese prints on the first floor. the notions selction on an upper floor is also good. it's very close to namba station, on shinsaibashi suji.

athens book store

decent selection of craft books on the first floor in the back near the elevator. also english and art books on an upper floor.

loft

picture coming soon

sanrio store (hello kitty ground zero)

multilevel store with all the hello kitty goods you might ever want, and more.

kawachi artists and designers supply

great source for art and craft supplies, including gocco supplies.

tokyu hands

biggest and best tokyu hands in osaka/kansai. a little bit off of the pedestrian shopping arcade. when you see this street, with the big shoe store step, cross the street then walk to the right.

walk past adidas and the gap, and tokyu hands is on your left.


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