Number A

April 9th, 2010

We heard about a new cafe called “Number A” and were intrigued when we found out their specialty was pancakes. Of course pancakes in Tokyo rarely means breakfast, so after an attempt at 10am to get some brunch (they weren’t even open yet) we had to suck it up and wait until the middle of the afternoon to get some.

The pancakes came with butter, maple syrup, and a good helping of whipped cream. It was delicious.

After lunch we had a meeting at the +-0 showroom. The line, designed by Naoto Fukasawa, is a collection of beautiful objects that are designed “without thought” the idea that anyone can use these objects just by seeing and holding them. We’ve been fighting to bring this line to North America, and it seems that our efforts may pay off. You might even see some +-0 products at Mjolk next month!

We already have the calculator on the left but it was interesting to find out at the showroom that Naoto Fukasawa actually designed the typeface!

We visited the shopping center Omotesando Hills, designed by famous architect Tadao Ando. There are a lot of swanky shops and restaurants including a Scandinavian shop and Japanese wood craft boutique worth visiting.

We stumbled on a very out of place but beautiful shrine near Omotesando.

One thing you have to do in Tokyo is wander aimlessly through the streets. If you do, you are rewarded with really unique boutique shops. This one is near our hotel and Shibuya station, but in a really weird place. The store is Desperado (Shibuya SaKuragaoka Bldg. 1F, 4-23 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0031 Phone: work03-5459-5505) and it’s filled with women’s clothing and accessories by artists. Juli picked up a dress by Japanese collective Spoken Word Project.

There are also tons of cool culture magazines and books available, so we picked up one called Shibuya Cafe. It has all the local cafes listed, along with pages filled with photos of cafe chairs, tables, food and other randomness. We stopped in one called Pile (near Desperado) and had the lunch special (these are a good deal) and had to order some cafe lattes because of the cute pictures they draw in the foam.

We loved the nice white ceramic sugar bowl paired with a wooden spoon.

We are so behind with posting, that even though we’ll be home on Monday, we still have to cover our visit to the onsen, meeting Yukiko from Fog Linen, dinner at Oji Masanori’s house and whatever other fun stuff we get up to these next few days…

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