Perfect for souvenirs! Edo accessories are fashionable 【Kanda ·Satoshido】
Edo accessories attracting attention from everyone who visits Japan in recent years. Small furoshiki and drawstring bags using cloths with traditional patterns are popular because they are reasonable and perfect for souvenirs Moreover, the main business of the owner of this shop is a cartoonist / illustrator. I will introduce the unusual Edo accessory shop.
Travel back in the good old days? A shop where you can buy Edo accessories
Kanda is located in the center of the metropolis, Tokyo, but the downtown atmosphere strongly remains. There is a shop in Kanda, which gives plenty of atmosphere of Edo and are known to those in the know.
It is the "Edo accessary shop, Satoshido", I will introduce this time. The storefront still retains some traces of Showa's sweets shop rather than Edo atmosphere, but anyway I am so happy that such a shop like this remains in this 2018. When opening the glass sliding door that feels nostalgic and going inside, Edo accessories are placed side by side in a small shop, which makes me so excited.
Overlooking the inside of the shop, it seems that they handle mostly fiber products. First of all, let me introduce Edo accessories which are perfect for souvenirs.
Convenient "small furosaki", with a variety of patterns, which can be used as a handkerchief as well
This small furoshiki is a top selling item of Satoshido, and seems to be very much welcomed as a souvenir. It is a small furoshiki which is just about the same size as a handkerchief and convenient to bring back a lot. Moreover, it is very popular for foreigners because of the very reasonable price, 500 yen per piece, but the main reason for the popularity is a variety of the patterns. Many patterns include traditional Japanese dyed ones for the four seasons of Japan, and the patterns displayed at the storefront vary according to arrival time. It is true that we choose patterns of Kimono considering the four seasons. There are also many line-ups that make you feel the seasons as well, and you can choose any popular patterns throughout the year!
Moreover, what is good about Edo accessories is that there are size variations and different accessories with similar patterns! It is fashionable to coordinate accessories with the same patterns.
This is a medium sized furoshiki that is one size larger (1,000 yen). This is a size that can be used in the same way as a real furoshiki rather than a handkerchief, so you should make a choice according to the purpose.
There are also furoshiki with "Edo komon" of a fine pattern (3,000 yen). It can be used more fashionably because it is reversible and the patterns are different. Please remember it as one of the choices of souvenirs, as each feature is different.
Drawstring bags using traditional patterns are also popular
A drawstring bag is also a standard item of Edo accessories. Since there is enough capacity to put your wallet and simple makeup sets, it is one of the items you should have when wearing kimono or yukata. You can have several kinds with different patterns and colors.
Small items using monotone patterns are cool
Accessories with traditional patterns such as lattice pattern consisting of dots are also popular. There are items which are made the same, from wallets and gamaguchi, to a paper stock (which can be used as a card case) and a stamp case, so you can dare to get a collection of accessories with the same patterns.
Popular with girls! A great selection of traditional chirimen accessories
There are a lot of accessories using traditional Japanese textile, "Chirimen". In addition to a special container for putting coins, "Gamaguchi wallet", feminine items such as card cases, hand mirrors and pocket notebooks are also attractive.
It is a perfect souvenir for women, because every item is about a few hundred yen.
Also Edo folding fan! A lot of traditional patterns
Edo folding fan is characterized by being simply made with a fewer ribs than Kyoto folding fan. A lot of unique but stylish designs are available, including copies of Kabuki makeup and picture puzzles. This item is also reasonable, mainly from about 1,500 yen, so it’s good for tourists.
Who is "Uwada Satoshi", the owner of the Satoshido ?
As I mentioned a little at the beginning, the owner of this shop is Mr. Ueida Satoshi who works mainly as a cartoonist and illustrator. Born and raised in Kanda, Mr. Ueda is so-called a writer of historical articles, who often creates cartoons, mainly on the early Showa period, illustrations with the theme of Warring States period and the Edo period, and often writes about changes in downtown of Tokyo.
Yes, the vague nostalgic taste in this shop for his side job is brought about by Mr.Ueda, who refers to himself as a Showa painter.
He still creates an artwork at great age of 70, and works on drawing and writing while looking after the shop here. Many works of Mr. Uada are on display and sold in the shop.
The work lineup includes picture postcards, print pictures and colored paper paintings, etc. The wistful and gentle patterns are indescribably good.
The Kanda native owner of the shop with unique career is appealing to you? How about getting one Japanese traditional souvenir?
A unique shop owner in a unique shop and of course, a number of attractive Edo accessories. How is it? It may be nice for you to try going on to Kanda to find a souvenir. You might have new surprises and encounters.