Today I have returned from spending a week in Tokyo exploring Japan's creative side. I had a wonderful time wandering up and down floors of craft and art supply outlets, admiring the wares in traditional craft museums, watching artisans at work etc. And you can't beat people watching in Tokyo - another very creative and eye-opening experience!
This was our third visit to Japan, and although Craig and I were very foot sore by the end of each day, we enjoyed our holiday immensely. Lucky for me, we packed very lightly so I could fit in all my art purchases for the journey home!
My favourite shop was Sekaido, with 6 floors of art supplies and stationery - each floor being equivalent in size to one Brisbane Oxlades or Eckersleys shop. Consequently the product range was mind blowing! I was so overwhelmed with excitement I had to visit the shop twice to absorb everything. VERY addictive and the poor credit card got a good workout!
Other great shops were Okadaya, Itoya, Loft, Yuzawaya, and Bingoya. The Paper Museum in Oji was also very interesting and I was able to try paper making Japan-style.