Kelly and I were both looking forward to checking out Nippori Textile Town in Tokyo. We were hoping to find some treasures to bring back for superbuzzy, and I think we scored!
There are scads of fabric shops lining the streets, but the ultimate destination has got to be Tomato. I think there were six floors of fabrics, plus several other Tomato stores focusing on trims, upholstery fabric, etc. We were guided to Tomato by Jen and her girls.
Not long after Jen departed, Stefana arrived! She called and said she had a strange feeling that we would be hitting Nippori that day. Kelly and I are really fortunate that Stefana met us there, because she was a wonderful and patient guide, and she did not run away screaming when Kelly and I started grabbing bolts and talking a million miles a minute.
Here’s a Tomato dude measuring one of our purchases:
Here’s a sneak peek!
The fabric came on long rolls, so we spent an evening refolding the fabric. It proved a little tricky, since our room was so teeny. Kelly was a pro, though. Look at her go!
A couple of tips when shopping at Nippori:
- If you need to change money, e.g., dollars to yen, go to Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (it’s pretty close to the train station)
- If you need to withdraw cash, go to the post office (also close to the train station. Basically, once you exit the station, turn left and just walk straight until you hit it)
- If you need lunch, go to Mos Burger. Super yummy burgers, and I highly recommend the kimpira rice burger.
- Take the address of your hotel/ryokan/hostel/tent. If you buy a lot of stuff, you aren’t going to want to lug it around with you! Delivery is cheap and efficient.