Neighbourhood shopping in Japan
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Imagine not just one cool boutique, but an entire district filled with funky furniture shops, car-boot-sale bric-a-brac and hand-me-down treasures. Welcome to MISC – an inviting stretch of pavement linking dozens of interesting storefronts. Favourites include Moody's, Claska and Brunch. Several quaint cafes lurk about – perfect for your furniture-shopping snack break.
Definitely worth a visit if only to witness the incredible feats of hoarding, Jinbocho's fascinating neighbourhood of over 170 secondhand booksellers stretches far across Yasukuni-dōri. Amid the clutter you'll find everything from antique guidebooks of the Yoshiwara pleasure district to obscure sheet music from your favourite symphony. Start with Isseido Books to pick up a copy of the neighbourhood booksellers' map, then wander down the main drag and up into the backstreets north of Yasukuni-dōri for more. Keep an eye out for Ohya-Shobo, purveyor of rare books and ukiyo-e prints.