Japanese craftsmen of any kind can set up a pop-up shop here. Rad design, the place is all black asphalt with white shops. Modern!
The shops are random. From hipster design toys:
To traditional Japanese pottery:
Some dude selling hats:
There are a few cafes with snobby coffee and a chill vibe:
And this place selling hand painted furoshiki from Kyoto:
I found one I liked, and went up to the counter to buy it. The ladies running the place were in the back, chatting, and when they noticed a customer, quickly quieted up. These two older gals had totally been crying about something! Awkward! What do you do? I didn't mean to interrupt what was probably some serious shit.
Well, I regaled them with some anecdotes, and I think the fact that I am a foreigner who collects Daruma themed furoshiki kind of gave them a laugh. Yeah... I collect Daruma and Daruma themed things.
Cool. I just read about this place in PEN magazine. Looks very interesting.
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