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Date: 1/27/11 9:28 AM

I am going to Tokyo in April, and planning on doing some fabric shopping (yay!). What stores are recommended and in which area of town? In terms of staying, is Ueno a good area with restaurants? Any other recommendations for hotels would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Date: 1/27/11 5:54 PM

I just wanted to tell you to have a wonderful time! Wishing I could go too!

Nora :)

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Date: 1/27/11 6:29 PM

You might be interested in this blog entry about fabric shopping in Tokyo.

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Date: 1/27/11 6:44 PM

this one also might be of interest.


A Dress a Day - August 2007

and this one

A Dress a Day August 2008
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Date: 1/27/11 10:27 PM

I have a friend that works in Japan several times a year. She picks me up fabric at a chain store called 'tomato'.

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Date: 1/27/11 11:03 PM

I went to Tokyo a few years ago and visited the fabric district. Here is a promotional map of the area (the link should take you to the largest size, click to enlarge). My blog post is here. There were a lot of stores and the prices were more reasonable than I expected. Japan is known for its cottons and they are lovely.

My only caveat is that I found Tokyo IMPOSSIBLE to navigate on the ground (the subway system is super easy, as a saving grace). I got lost at every single step. I have traveled all over the world and admittedly have no sense of direction but I have excellent map skills and Tokyo truly almost brought me to my knees. So bring along a lot of patience.

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Date: 2/1/11 10:57 AM

I posted an entry on my sewing blog about my fabric shopping experience in Tokyo last November. You can post any questions you might have about my trip here, my favorite store in the area was the chain "Tomato" for their selection.

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Date: 2/1/11 11:05 AM

In the Sewing for Petites forum, Vonnevo posted the following:

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lakaribane, I found a photo of a fabric & garment display in the Yuzawaya store in Kitchijoji.
If you enlarge the photo and zoom in, you can see some pages from a current magazine in the top left, the fabric lengths below and the garments displayed at the back.

If ever you have the opportunity to visit Japan, I can highly recommend a visit to Textile Town and a Yuzawaya store.

Fabric and garment display in Yuzawaya


The link didn't copy but if you go there, you can see the photo. I think that would be a neat place to visit and get inspiration from. Not sure if it's a chain store or not but maybe someone can tell you.

Have a great trip, I'm sooo envious

@Ming : Going a bit OT but are you in the US already, Ming? I'm at work and can't check blogs to find out.

Thanks for the review, btw. One day...


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Date: 2/2/11 10:46 PM

Quote: lakaribane
@Ming : Going a bit OT but are you in the US already, Ming? I'm at work and can't check blogs to find out.



Thanks for the review, btw. One day...




Hi! No, I am still in S. Korea until May. I am in Vietnam for a few more days on my grand old Asia trip, but returning in mid February. I am going to miss Korea so much!!

The subway system in Tokyo is very extensive but sometimes very frustrating. There are two main companies who run lines and having to switch out of one line at a station to get onto another line at the same station was weird. Be prepared to squeeze tightly in those cars, especially during rush hour! I had a lot of fun in Japan, really looking forward to going back soon.

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Date: 2/2/11 11:24 PM

I so loved visiting Japan and Tokyo
The people are very polite and courteous, even on the packed subways. Tokyo is quite highly populated, it is super clean and no graffiti !!!
I went to Fabric Town in 2007, when we visited my SS & DIL.
There is a Post office right near the train station - which also has a Business Hotel located on top of it. My Japanese DIL tells me to book Business Hotels so as not to pay high prices in tourist hotels.

The train stations can be confusing and signs are also in English too. Basically, use them like any other subway/train system like NY, Paris or London.
People are very helpful, ask a yoing person directions, they may speak English, otherwise write down your question as all children learn English at school, but can't always speak it.
Policeman at Train Stations will help too and escort you right to where you need to go. That is part of their job I believe, one took us about a kilometre thru Tokyo Station.

Tomato Bros have a whole store of 100 yen per metre fabric = $1 roughly.
Wear comfy shoes, there are some nice cafes right by the Nippori station and rest rooms too. Take a folding shopper on wheels as the fabric does get heavy.
My DIL provided me with a loan of her cute apple green, rolling bag, it was perfect.

Here is a link to my shopping tour at Fabric Town.

Vonne's Tokyo Fabric Town Visit 2007

And a map showing the train station, hotel etc.
Fabric Town is on Nippori Dori Chuo, walk right past the Police Box outside the station and your are in it. I will be staying here on my next visit as my family are now living in Australia.

Fabric Town, Station & Hotel

Have fun and dont forget to visit Tokyo Disney Sea, it is absolutely fantastic, nothing like it anywhere

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