Japan is a fascinating country filled with contradictions: historic and modern architecture and practices coexist seamlessly, all wrapped up in a beautiful package. The best way to discover Japanese culture is of course by exploring the streets, and there are no streets more fascinating than the ones you’ll find in Tokyo. From the sights and sounds of tiny ramen shops and bars, to mini boutiques selling handmade crafts, and cafes serving anything from crepes to Taiwanese dumplings, Tokyo streets stimulate all your senses.
Neko Box is a subscription box service and online store selling traditionally-inspired Japanese homeware and stationery. Each month a new theme is explored through the subscription service, and these themes are often inspired by the Neko Box designers’ walks around the varied neighbourhoods of Tokyo and beyond. From Summer Nights in Koenji to Vintage Style in Nishi-Ogikubo and Tokyo Street Cats in Yanaka, you’ll really experience Japanese culture like a local when you subscribe to Neko Box.
Neko Box features ceramics, woodenware and textiles made by generations of artisans located all over Japan, from Tohoku to Kanazawa, Nagasaki and more. Subscribe to the newly launched Zakka Kit to receive monthly curated packages of unique Japanese stationery brands, such as Classiky, Mindwave and Traveler’s Company. Subscribers also receive original Neko Box art prints, designed in Japan. Zakka Kit is perfect for stationery lovers, crafters and journalers who love to travel and explore. This month Neko Box will also launch their brand new vintage collection, ‘The Vintage Market’ where they’ll sell one-off vintage Japanese crafts (like Kokeshi dolls) discovered on the streets
Want to experience the Neko Box designers’ favourite Tokyo’s treats yourself? Here are some of their best recommendations…
Are you fascinated by museums and colonial architecture? Head along to Ueno in east Tokyo. Do you love vintage shopping and quirky cafes? Then the streets of Koenji and Nishi-Ogikubo will be right up your alley. Intrigued by traditional Japanese crafts and Edo-era wooden architecture? Don’t miss Yanesen and Ryogoku. Looking for a mix of traditional crafts and modern designer boutiques? Nakamichi street in Kichijoji has you covered. Every one of the hundreds of neighbourhoods in Tokyo has something unique and magical to discover, so pack your walking shoes and get exploring!
If you’re looking for neighbourhood recommendations & guides, take a look at neko’s social media: