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Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/3/16 22:44
My move to Japan is coming closer and sooner or later I will need to buy some new furniture (in addition to the furniture I bring from Europe).
Is there some neighborhood (s) in Tokyo with a lot of small / mid sized furniture shops?
I have decided that I have grown out of IKEA / Nitori and the like and want some higher quality , design furniture. Without going for ridiculously high prices either. But letfs say for 1 chair Ifd be willing to pay around 25,000 - 35,000 Yen. Just to give an idea what kind of price range I am after.
Like full wood furniture. Or other quality furniture.

Depending on the apartment I will rent I will either go for more modern or for traditional Japanese furniture.

So any suggestions of areas to look in, would be great.

(eg there was someone posting about Ukiyo-e today and the link to that shop in Tokyo looked very interesting). If I go for traditional Japanese furniture might get myself an Ukiyo-e there. )

Thanks!
by LikeBike  

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/3/17 08:41
When I used to live in Japan - I purchased half of my stuff from this big box store.

https://www.shimachu.co.jp/shop/kanagawa/202.html

They have some cheaper and nicer stuff. I even have a nice Japanese table that I dragged to Kazakhstan, China, Singapore and back to Australia.
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/3/17 17:45
Meguro-dori has been well-known as "the furniture street". Car parking is not easily available in Tokyo, so my advice to you is to rent/buy a bicycle and go way along the lengthy avenue on a sunny day. Or it would be safer, traffic-wise, if you walk. There are a lot of cafes you can take coffee breaks at in between.

Here are a couple of maps I found, just so that you could get an idea.
https://ton-log.com/meguro-interior-street
http://misc.co.jp/map/
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/3/18 17:30
Thank you @Uco. This area looks like a good place to look.

Anyone else some ideas for areas with small / mid sized furniture shops?

@medfley, I think I remember ghomesh. I bought some garden stuff there a few years ago, but I think I never made it to their furniture section.
by LikeBike rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/5/30 20:21
Thanks @Uco for the tip with Meguro dori. I went today and covered maybe a quarter. But found (and bought ) a chair that I wanted.

Now the next ;and probably only remaining furniture pieces I need is some comfy chair for a washitsu.

Are there some furniture stores specialized in washitsu furniture anyone knows about?
by LikeBike rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/5/30 20:23
Thanks @Uco for the tip with Meguro dori. I went today and covered maybe a quarter. But found (and bought ) a chair that I wanted.

Now the next ;and probably only remaining furniture pieces I need is some comfy chair for a washitsu.

Are there some furniture stores specialized in washitsu furniture anyone knows about?
by LikeBike rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/5/31 23:51
I'm happy to know that Meguro-dori was worth visiting for you.

As far as your washitsu is concerned, I'm not sure what kind of a chair you have in mind, because you normally wouldn't put a chair in a washitsu unless you're using the room like a yoshitsu (regular Western style room). You'd typically sit on a zabuton cushion instead.

Are you perhaps looking for a ֎q (za-isu / legless chair)? If you couldn't get any ideas at Meguro-dori, you may want to try searching images on the Internet to narrow down what kind of chairs you prefer.

For example, there is a genre called |Ƌ (mingei-kagu/ folk art furniture) which is a term referring to traditional furniture unique to certain regions. Once you decide which region you prefer, you can try visiting an "antenna shop" of that region, because antenna shops typically sell folk art furniture as well.

But I have the impression that za-isu aren't as commonly available as Western chairs. Also note that when offering a za-isu to a guest, you should put a zabuton on it.

Speaking of mingei-kagu, if you do any traveling, it's worth visiting a local |X (mingei-ten / folk art shop) where you'd find practical folk art of all kinds, from small potery to letter pads to furniture.
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/6/1 11:16
Thank you Uco. I will look at those folk art shops.

What I have in mind is something like this;

https://www.nitori-net.jp/ec/product/5603810s/

So like a sofa, but you can still put your legs below the warm kotatsu in winter.
by LikeBike rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/6/1 19:19
LikeBike, I'm afraid your link doesn't work. It says that the merchandise either sold out or finished being posted. Regardless, I hope you find something nice.
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/6/4 00:25
I hope you've found your ideal furniture by now, but another idea, of course, is to have furniture custom made. This is going to require communication skills as well as chemistry between retailer and customer, but you can try Googling Ƌ (custom made furniture) or sometimes you'd find a local craftsman in a neighborhood. My grandparents had quite a few custom made furniture. I have one small item that I had a craftsman in Hokkaido make and send to Yokohama.

If you're interested in antique furniture, Yamamoto Shoten always has a good reputation for reasonable prices and reasonable quality. I own a bookshelf I bought there.
https://www.antique-yamamoto.co.jp/
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/6/4 07:20
Thank you Uco.
I havenft found my sofa chair yet. Also because I work, so donft have that much time to go to shops. I went to Flannel Sofa yesterday. I liked the picture of this sofa, but itfs not very comfy. Although the height would have been ideal for my kotatsu:
https://www.flannelsofa.com/shop/penta.php?size=1

The next shop on my list is Harem https://www.harem-shop.com/online/lowsofa/ they seem to have a good variety.

Regarding Yamamoto Shoten, I had no idea that they were famous beyond the Shimokitazawa region. I bought a small drawer there many years ago. Which is now coming back to Japan by ship together with all my other belongings.

Ifll do some more visits to Meguro-dori as well. But I donft want all my free time to be shopping. So maybe I still need a few months before I can sit comfortably on my sofa.

by LikeBike rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/6/12 11:40
@Uco, I think I found the correct search term for what I am looking for: ֎q

https://www.bellemaison.jp/shop/commodity/0000/1024040?SHNCRTTKKRO_KBN...

I went to see some friends yesterday and he had a very comfy chair in his a, so I asked and an other friend told me to try with ֎q and yeah, a lot of search results are coming up.
Now just need to find a shop where I can try it out. Because I know that the ones at Nitori were not comfy.
by LikeBike rate this post as useful

Re: Furniture shops in Tokyo 2022/6/12 15:38
Okay, that's what I said. Great!
by Uco rate this post as useful

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