As you navigate through the New York like streets of Tokyo’s shopping mecca Ginza, you’ll find one of the cities many gems, Gekkoso. The 99-year-old stationary shop is surrounded by the tall and mighty buildings that symbolise modern Japan, but between its four walls and two floors sits a shop that looks as though it has remained practically untouched since it opened in 1917.
The first floor, behind the stained glass door, offers art supplies: oil paints, paper, brushes, hand bound sketchbooks, aprons, and all sorts of other beautiful stationary. Whilst the range of products is relatively limited the quality is clear. And unlike the many other Tokyo stationary shops that present their goods with an impressive mix of German precision and scandi minimalism, Gekkeso looks like you’ve walked into a chaotic artists studio. But don’t be fooled by this, it quickly becomes clear that the shop has been curated with both skill and love.
Downstairs is a small art gallery and perhaps Tokyo’s smallest coffee shop. Two tiny tables with stools. Coffee, Darjeeling, Jasmine or Hoji tea are all served up at around a dollar each. You are welcome to stay as long as you like admiring their deceptively large collection of handmade postcards or current exhibition.