Another fruitful day in Tokyo! The sun rises pretty early here, and so breakfast consisted of the simple but hearty Onigiri from the local konbini.
A friend and I decided to explore Omotesando. Amidst the high-end international labels, we uncovered a couple of local gems.
Pass the Baton is a vintage store for the modern shopper. As its name suggests, it alludes to the traveling of personal artefacts from one to another. Each object has a tag on it with the name of the previous owner, explaining the background of how it was acquired or sharing what is unique about it.
Besides vintage items, one can also find re-embellished objects like tote bags made from 2-3 cut up canvas bags or old china with gilded geometric patterns on it. I guess the concept of ‘New Recycle’ is pretty romantic, and the space is amazing. Wouldn’t have expected anything less from creative giant Kasamichi Katayama.
Super nice people work here.
Behind Omotesando Hills, we hiked up to search for our next stop!
According to our maps, it was right here, nestled in a residential area. The houses were quite close to each other but all of a sudden, this clearing shows up in between two houses - right when we saw this dandelion, my friend said she could smell something really good.
We walked around in circles for a bit, but persisted on finding the place. And when we walked back, almost about to give up, that aroma came back and there it was, right across the clearing of wild grass. Omotesando Koffee!
We stepped into the courtyard where people were enjoying their coffee on a bench under a momoji tree, facing a barista who was talking to each customer and making their coffee.
Quite literally the best coffee I’ve had so far on the trip! I’m no coffee expert but this was quite a ! moment for me when I took the first sip. The caffeine bar has been set pretty high after this one.
Next was Doinel, a quick walk from Gaienmae station which was one stop away from Omotesando.
This independent shop supports local makers and artists by carrying their goods and holding small exhibitions. A mix of homeware, fashion and even food items are carried by them in this space. Real warm place and people who allowed me to take photos of their store. Spoke to them about how I found them through instagram (oh the wonders of this new age) and had a good chat before they closed the shop for the day.
Our final stop was a couple of streets away, Mina Perhonen - Piece. Cuts of fabric too small to be made into clothes are made into accessories like bags, badges and serving trays.
If you are ever in the area, please visit these wonderful shops!