As much as we like to celebrate independent, artisan shops, its hard not to be seduced by the fantastic selection of stationery offered in the basement of one of Tokyos biggest department stores Loft. Located in Shibuyu, perhaps the most vibrant of shopping districts in Tokyo, Loft takes up 7 huge floors, with each one specialising in a specific range of products. Taking pride of place on the ground floor is one of Japans biggest loves – Stationery.
Stationery fans will be overwhelmed by the racks and racks of charming diaries and schedule books, sticker sets, deco tape, writing paper, notebooks, stampers, pens, clips, book covers and more in designs ranging from all sides of the spectrum.
Festive items for special events such as Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day get a showing here, as do items which will give you a taste of Japanese culture. But the most impressive thing about Lofts stationery selection is quite simply its scale. Its quite rare to see such a wide range of notebooks from brands all over the world, both large and small. In fact when we decided we were going to do a series of reviews for our second favourite notebooks (behind Bookblock) this is were we came…
The Shibuya branch is close to the main Shibuya Crossing. Take the Main or Hachiko Exit (West Side) from JR Shibuya station and cross at the main crossing where Starbucks is straight ahead. Loft is in a lane to your left in between the Seibu stores A and B. There are many more branches across Tokyo and Japan – check Google Maps to find them all.