Tokyo Shopping Guide

Aoyama

Luxury is the operative word in this chic district, but the shops have a daring, experimental edge.

Zakka Mania

There's no U.S. equivalent to this Japanese breed of gift boutique; each Zakka specializes in odds and ends that subscribe to one general theme. Here, four favorites.

MARCHAND DE LEGUMES (In Parco 3, basement, 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-5728-7151) offers punchy, graphic little items for the home office, like folders with citrus-bright maps printed on them.

Owned by a former model, HUG O' WAR (2-14-19 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, 03-5729-7045) is a new, buzzed-about organic-earthy zakka full of wood utensils and straw ornaments.

HOLIDAY APARTMENT (In Parco 3, basement, 14-5 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3477-8724) favors romantic, floral-print accessories and handcrafted trinkets.

And the thoroughly amusing BUNKAYA ZAKKATEN (3-28-9 Jingumae, Shibuaya-ku, 03-3423-8980) specializes in intentionally tongue-in-cheek items—fur hoop earrings, ashtrays with retro images of cameras, and embroidered thumbs-up patches.
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