Tuesday, March 6, 2007

27. Shop Review: Kasuh Kobo

Update:  Kasuh Kobo looks a little different now, but the fish are still just inside the entrance.  Clothing is now sold on the 1st floor, but the jewelry can still be found on the 2nd.

Kasuh Kobo declares itself a 'Japanese silver accessories' shop. The shop resembles a traditional Japanese home and all of the jewelry has a 'Japanese' theme or symbol. Cherry blossoms, dragons, frogs, Kabuki, fish, samurai swords,... are all part of the designs. I bought a pair of earrings that look like miniature ancient coins, and a matching pendant with another coin and a piece of kimono trapped in silver. The store is properly named as 'kobo' means craftsman. Everything in the store is unique, and I would love to own almost every piece they make. The reason I don't is that it is a little pricey for silver. Earrings are about 1500 - 2000 yen each, pendant charms start around 5000 yen,... That said, I plan to shop there again and again.

The first floor is jewelry, the second floor is all traditional style hair sticks (chignon pins), that are usually worn with kimono. They will put your hair up with one if you let them.

The earring and pendant I bought were wrapped up in a traditional looking wooden box. It is light and easy to mail, making a perfect gift for someone back home.

Kasuh Kobo is located very close to the west exit of Shimokitazawa Station, across from the 7-11.
155-0031, Kitazawa 2-26-8, Setagaya-ku
Tel: 03-3466-4126

Hours of operation: 12:00 - 20:00, open 7 days a week.

*There are also locations in Daikanyama and Harajuku.

For more information: http://www.kasuh.jp/