Creative Insider’s Guide to Tokyo

Creative Insider’s Guide to Tokyo

Wouldn’t it be great to see Tokyo from a creative insider’s point of view? Independent galleries, creative spaces and of course food. So here you go, a list of hidden gems compiled by Tokyo-native, founder and creative director of MAMIMU, June Mineyama-Smithson.

This is an excerpt from Creative Insider’s Guide to Tokyo (pdf). Read on to find out how to get your FREE copy.



ggg (ginza graphic gallery)

A Must-see for All Graphic Design Lovers

ggg ginza graphic design gallery

Another of my favourite spaces, ggg is a contemporary gallery that celebrates works of prominent graphic designers from Japan and abroad. Located in luxury Ginza shopping district, this little gem always has impressively curated exhibitions.  And the prestigious Tokyo Type Directors Club's annual exhibition takes place here every year.

I still treasure my copy of Josef Müller-Brockmann retrospective that I bought from their lovely bookshop all those years ago. It's a must for any graphic design lover.

ggg ginza graphic gallery
photos: TDC Tokyo, ggg
DNP Ginza Building 1st floor 7-2, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
11.00–19:00 (Closed on Sundays and holidays)
Admission free

Ginza Station (Tokyo metro Ginza Line, Hibiya Line, Marunouchi Line)
Yurakucho Station or Shinbashi Station (JR Lines)




Gekkoso Art Store

A Tokyo Institution for Everything Analog

Gekkoso Art Store

Like myself most Tokyo creatives hold a soft spot for this place. Founded in 1917, this cute nostalgic art store has all the best things that analog has to offer. From original handmade stationery, sketchbooks designed with the golden ratio to award-winning housemade water colours. All tailored towards meticulous-minded creatives.

They’ll even lend you paints and brushes so that you can draw a little masterpiece on a postcard in their cafe located in the basement. Tokyo charm doesn't get much better than this.

Gekkoso outside gekkoso sketchbook
photos: Gekkoso,
Eiju Bldg. 1F & B1F, 8-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
11.00–19.00 ( Wed: basement art store only) (Japanese only)

Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Marunouchi Line/Hibiya Line)



Field Trip outside of Tokyo

A Step into the World of Traditional Japanese Craftsmanship

Craftsman screen-printing Furoshiki

I often like to get outside the city, and just an hour from Shinjuku, there is the perfect thing to immerse yourself in Japanese craftsmanship. The ‘Furoshiki’ printing company is a family run business that lets you get an up-close insight into how craftsmen work their magic on Furoshiki — a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth – from template production to dyeing and quality control. You can get a rare first-hand experience of the entire process of this delicate craft.

Mr. Fukuda, the owner carries on this family tradition and has been schooled in the craft since he was in kindergarten. You can get in touch with my friend Kyoko at Link Collective for this intimate experience in their craftsman's workshop.

Furoshiki by Link Collective Screen print inks for Furoshiki
Chogo, Fujisawa (56 mins from Shinjuku by Odawara Line)
More info: Airbnb experiences
To book this experience, get in touch with Kyoko directly.

Chogo Station (Odakyu Odawara Line)



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