“Yamagataya Kamiten” in Kanda Jimbocho, Tokyo, is a Japanese paper (washi) specialty store founded in 1879. The wide variety of traditional handmade Japanese paper products includes rare washi papers from all over Japan. Washi is perfect for arts and crafts, and many of the original products make a lovely souvenir of a gift for your close friends!
Colorful Japanese paper products
“Yamagataya Kamiten” sells Japanese paper (washi) from all over the country as well as various kinds of original products made in-house. In search of beautiful Japanese paper, artists, calligraphers, architects, and ordinary customers frequent the store. If you have a project in mind or need Japanese paper for a certain purpose, the shop staff will help you choose the perfect washi out of a large number of products according to your needs.
The more you look at different types of washi, the more ways of usage come to mind. Washi can be used for letters, stationery, crafts, shoji sliding screens, table sets, and decorations. Washi is super versatile!
The deep world of Japanese paper
Washi is made by hand. Making high-quality washi requires a cold environment and clean water. And since Japanese washi paper is produced all over Japan, it has different characteristics depending on the season and place.
The shop owner, a washi expert, regularly visits paper manufactories in every part of the country and carefully selects only the paper she approves. Sometimes, she has ideas for new washi designs and creates them in cooperation with the manufacturers. Therefore, many washi products are only available at “Yamagataya Kamiten”.
Find beautiful souvenirs!
The Mt. Fuji paper art created by the owner herself is especially popular.
The shop owner’s artwork is made into cute original postcards. With already over 100 types, these postcards are awesome souvenirs for your friends! The postcards are so popular with domestic and foreign customers, that the owner is now planning to create a calendar using these cards.
And there is still so much more!
The more you dive into the world of Japanese paper, the more colorful and exciting it becomes. If you are going on a shopping spree in Tokyo, don’t forget to add “Yamagataya Kamiten” in Kanda Jimbocho on your list! You will find something you LOVE at this shop for sure!
Yamagataya Kamiten (Yamagataya Paper Shop)
2-17 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/dtdGF7K3trNViVAMA
Nearest stations: Jimbocho Station, Kudanshita Station