Monday, 15 April 2013

AFTERNOON IN YANAKA #2

hagiso - yanaka
hagiso - yanaka
hagiso - yanaka
hagiso - yanaka

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yanaka
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I said that Yanaka (or Yanesen) is full of beautiful traditional stores but there are also some really interesting shops and galleries run by young creatives. Seen in the first 4 photos is a new art house that had just opened when we went there called HAGISO (thanks to Ros for finding out about it!).

HAGISO used to be a shared apartment which had been loved by students of the neighbouring Tokyo Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts) for a long time but this 57-year-old building was planned to be demolished to be a car parking space after the 3.11 earthquake from 2011.

Fortunately, the demolishing plan was replaced by a huge renovating project by some of the graduates of the Tokyo Geidai and the new life was put into the beloved HAGISO! Now it has a cafe and gallery space on the ground floor, and on the second floor houses an artist's atelier, hair salon and a design office. This is a really interesting space that is innovating and so modern yet mingling well with the local community in this lovely shitamachi atmosphere.

In the Yanesen area, you can also find some cute & pop retro shops including Biscuit Yanaka and Hitoyasumi Kichi Nanaco.
There are so many more shops I want to check out in this area so I really need to go back for a good exploring around Yanesen soon!!


HAGISO
3-10-25 Yanaka Taitou-ku 110-0001 (google map)

12 comments:

  1. that floor with the little flowers, is so nostalgic for some reason

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    1. Yes this entire space was so nostalgic including the items they sell in this shop! It was so cute :)

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  2. I am so glad the building was not demolished. It's really great those students and community members wanted to bring new life to that building. I wish I saw more of that in my city. ):
    All your Yanaka photos are really great Hiki-san! I think you really captured the heart of this community.
    今は行きたいです!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my Yanaka photos! 今度東京へ来たら、ぜひ、行ってみてね!

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  3. the area looks so cute and quaint and full of lovely surprises!

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    1. Yes you said it so right, every corner I turned I found lovely surprises :)

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  4. you really make me wanna go there my self, huhu

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    1. I hope one day you can go and see all these things in your eyes ;)

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  5. おはよう!結局、ひきさんのショップ行けなくて残念でした!
    谷中に前に行ったことがあるけど、その時サルビアの東京案内という本を見ながら
    色々回っていって、素晴らしかった。

    良い春を!


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    1. ハンナさんこんにちは!
      ショップで会えなくて残念でしたけど、東京の旅は楽しめましたか?
      谷中は本当に素敵な町ですよね。すごく好きになりました!
      ハンナさんにも、良い春を!

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your kind words are always welcome and appreciated! arigato :)

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