A guide to touring Tokyo Chuo City

A guide to touring Tokyo Chuo City

Japan has long, humid summers, meaning the Japanese have plenty of ideas about how to survive them!
Here's an introduction to some cooling and cool summer goods, all made in Japan, including fans, yukata, and wind chimes.

  • Ichifuji
  • Ichifuji

    Ichifuji

    Ichifuji

  • Ichifuji
  • Arita Ware Wind Chimes
    Phoenix (photo left)・Cherry Blossom (photo right) 1,650yen each (including tax)
  • Hanging bell style wind chimes are a traditional sight - and sound - during summer in Japan, dangling from the eves of houses and providing a delightfully soothing tinkling noise when the wind blows. Arita ware wind chimes ring with a delicate sound unique to pottery, and which also has long-lasting reverberations. The vivid phoenix and cherry blossom patterns also stand out brilliantly against the beautiful white porcelain of the Arita ware.
  • Yukataya Sankatsu
  • Yukataya Sankatsu

    Yukataya Sankatsu

    Yukataya Sankatsu

  • Yukataya Sankatsu
  • Yukata
    Adult Size34,560yen(including tax)~,Child Size12,960yen(including tax)*Separate sash charge
  • The clothing created by this yukata maker with more than 120 years of history is tailored from a variety of different fabrics, including single color dyed, white chusen poured dyed, and komon stencil dyed. They also offer children's yukata using high quality cotton and charming patterns, and retail new designs each year. The second floor of the shop also houses the Yukata Museum, (requiring a telephone reservation at least one week in advance).
    *No photography allowed. No support for foreign languages provided, meaning the museum experience is in only in Japanese.
  • Ginza Yoitaya
  • Ginza Yoitaya

    Ginza Yoitaya

    Ginza Yoitaya

  • Ginza Yoitaya
  • Geta ClogsWomen12,960yen(including tax)~, Men14,440yen(including tax)
    Zori SandalsWomen35,640yen(including tax)~, Men42,120yen(including tax)
  • A specialist in Japanese footwear and the oldest store of its kind in Ginza, founded in 1877. All of their zori sandals and geta clogs are handcrafted by masters of the trade, seeking to achieve both comfort of wear and the true essence of footwear. They also offer designer pieces that still take full advantage of tradition. With a master craftsperson in permanent residence, the straps on the footwear are skillfully adjusted to fit the curves of the feet of each individual wearer.
  • Ibasen
  • Ibasen

    Ibasen

    Ibasen

  • Ibasen
  • Edo Fans
    Goldfish (photo bottom right) 4,104yen(including tax)
    Dragonfly (photo top)・Frog (photo bottom left)5,400yen each (including tax)
  • Unique Edo fans from this specialist store, which has handled all sorts of Japanese fans since its founding in 1590. Made from a 15-pronged bamboo frame and Japanese paper, there are more than 20 different designs on offer, including goldfish, dragonflies, and frogs, as well as gourds and plovers. They can be folded down compactly for ease of carrying around, and opened quickly to provide relief from the heat, making these fans highly recommended for use during summer.