The Isetatsu Paper Shop in Tokyo’s Yanaka Area

When I was in Tokyo in 2010, I decided to stay in the Yanaka area for two reasons: it’s away from the hectic pace downtown Tokyo is known for and it has a charm not many tourists – not even locals, I think – are aware of.

One must-see shop, especially if you’re a stationery and fine paper collector, is Isetatsu. This traditional store makes and sells “chiyogami,” which is traditional Japanese paper printed with woodblocks.

Isetatsu can easily be overlooked because it blends well with the residential area it is located in. You’ll know you’ve found the shop you’re looking for because of the colorful items by the display window, beckoning you to take a closer look.

Once inside, let time take over: browse to your heart’s content.

Isetatsu - Façade

Isetatsu – Façade

Display window of Isetatsu

Display window of Isetatsu

Display window items

Display window items

Display window item - "Welcome to Isetatsu," it seems to say.

Display window item – “Welcome to Isetatsu,” it seems to say.

Inside the shop, I "saw" her and her kitten trying to catch my eye. They were on a shelf.

Inside the shop, I “saw” her and her kitten trying to catch my eye. They were on a shelf.

Some of the stationery items for sale.

Some of the stationery items for sale.

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6 responses

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  2. […] The Isetatsu Paper Shop in Tokyo’s Yanaka […]

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  3. […] but could not take any photos as it was packed with customers. However, you can read more about Isetatsu on Posts & Pens’ Blog.   Inside, you’ll walk into a fountain of colours with cute patterns and prints made of […]

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    1. Thank you for the mention, Chez Nick. It’s much appreciated. You must’ve enjoyed your trip to the Yanaka area. Warm regards. ~Posts and Pens

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