Tegamisha Book & Coffee Cafe

Spend an afternoon in a quiet neighbourhood of Chofu city at one of Tokyo’s alternative book cafe, Tegamisha (手紙舎カフェ), locataed just 30 minutes away from Shinjuku. With tastefully curated shelves of books and zines on art, craft and lifestyle, it’s one place you should come by if you’re in Tokyo.









There is a little cozy cafe at the back of the store, or upstairs at Level 2 where you can enjoy a good cup and cake while you read a book, or have a go at their daily food menu.


Tegamisha has a great selection of zakka by Japanese craftsmen that we love! And they also organise a craft market called Nominoichi that we will talk about in our next post.

Find out more about Tegamisha here.

Tegamisha Honten
Address: 4-23-35 Nishitsutsujigaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-0006, Japan
Directions: 10 minutes walk from Tsutsujigaoka Station (Keio line) South Exit

Tegamisha Book & Coffee and 2nd Story
Address: 1 Chome-17-5 Kikunodai, Chōfu-shi, Tōkyō-to 182-0007, Japan
Directions: 1 minute walk from Shibasaki Station (Keio line)

Anniversary MiLK Pop-up Store, Omotesando Hills

Our favourite Kids, Art & Design Magazine, MiLK Japon is now having a pop-up store “Anniversary MiLK” in Omotesando Hills and we just had to pay them visit!






Spot the Singapore label! The adorable origami pins from Hug-a-Porcupine!






If you are around the area, we really think you should drop by Anniversary MiLK Pop-up Store for some fun! But before you hit downtown Tokyo, why not dress up with Polkaros accessories?

Tokyo Design Week 2015

Polkaros made a trip to Tokyo Design Week 2015 this week and it was great fun appreciating all emerging designer’s work at the event. Here’s Tokyo Design Week, Polkaros style!

DSC03913This year’s Design Week theme is “interactive” and hence, most of the exhibits are related to “interactive” in one way or another. From colourful Japanese clogs called geta, traditional crafts to modern spaces and ideas!










Textile Festival In Ochiai Part 1

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Once a year, my neighbourhood comes to life in an event called ‘Some no Komichi 染の小道’. The Ochiai/Nakai district used to be filled with up to 300 small dyeing factories from Showa period to 1950’s. Today it is still home to some artisans and is a meeting place for people who are interested to learn about Japanese dyeing techniques. This 3-day event usually held during the last weekend of February, celebrates its dyeing heritage with colorful hand-dyed textile and hands-on dyeing workshops. Shopfronts are decorated with hand-dyed ‘Noren’ (Japanese curtains) and colorful dyed kimono cloths are raised over the Myoshoji river where dyed clothes used to be washed. Many visitors come dressed in kimono which makes it feel like you have traveled back in time.

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Duration: 27 Feb ~ 1 Mar 2015 (Usually held on the last weekend of February each year)
Closet station: Nakai Station on the Seibu Shinjuku line/ Toei Oedo Line
Event map: http://www.somenokomichi.com/2015map
Official Site (mostly in Japanese): http://www.somenokomichi.com/

Summer Pop Up Shop & Workshop

Polkaros Pop Up Shop

It’s starting to get chilly here in Tokyo and Summer is leaving us quickly. I am going to miss the sun and all the summer activities! This summer was especially memorable for us as we had a lovely Summer pop up shop and workshop at Sugar Town. A big thank you to the owners of Sugar town, and everyone who took time off to drop by! Thank you so much for your support. Here are some pictures of how the event turned out!

Polkaros Pop Up Shop

Polkaros Workshop

This was our first Polkaros ceramic painting workshop and to assist the participants, I created a simple worksheet to show how you can start designing your own character.

Polkaros Workshop

Participants could tryout their designs on paper before moving on to their ceramic pieces.

Polkaros Workshop

Marie from Etincelle Creative Studio attended with her sweetest daughter Chloe! The cutest Mother & Daughter team! Marie did a lovely blog post on the event. Do take a look here!

Polkaros Workshop

Polkaros Workshop

Everyone was so focused on their pieces!

Polkaros Workshop

Polkaros Workshop

One of the participants Rutsuko painted ‘Marnie’ the main character from Ghibli’s latest film ‘When Marnie was there’.

Polkaros Workshop

It was so amazing to see how everyone’s masterpieces turned out!! Great job ladies!

Polkaros Workshop

Polkaros Workshop

Thank you everyone for coming♥︎♥︎♥︎

Tea & Kokeshi


How perfect is the combination of Tea & Kokeshi? As a (huge) fan of Kokeshi, I was super excited when I first found out about 西荻イトチ Nishiogi Itochi Tea & Kokeshi cafe in Nishi-Ogikubo when they opened last year. I’ve walked past several times but it was only yesterday that I finally went in for a cup of tea with lovely Hiki! The space was quiet and peaceful with lots of kokeshi and other handmade Japanese crafts on display. I especially enjoyed the Kokeshi books and magazines collection they had at the back of the cafe. They also conduct Japanese crafts workshops once in a while on the 2nd floor. Looking forward to attending one soon!

The Kokeshi displayed are all for sale at a reasonable price. They are all handmade by craftsmen from different parts of Japan.

Kokeshi Ramune! I have been searching for them for a long time. So glad I finally got hold of one!







Can’t wait to visit again ♥

Address: 2-1-7 Nishi-Ogi kita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0042

★ 西荻イトチ Official website


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