Last Day in Tokyo. 

I made several stops: 

Daikanyama is a fancy Tokyo shopping destination. Its irresistible new attraction is a Tsutaya "bookstore". It is to other bookstores as Whole Foods might be to a snack vending machine --a modern cluster of several two-storey building with books, music, video and magazines mixed with food and a some well-designed products. Open from 7 am until 2 am, one could live there! The whole complex is beautifully landscaped with plenty of outdoor seating. 

Plenty of trendy shopping in the surrounding neighborhood. 

A quick video which does the experience no justice. 

A quick video which does the experience no justice. 

Of all the incredible Tokyo department stores Matsuya in Ginza stands out for its long comittment to good design. The 7th floor is not to be missed.  

 

Jurgen Lehl's ceramics are on their way to Asiatica. 

Jurgen Lehl's ceramics are on their way to Asiatica. 

His soap looks better than it smells. 

His soap looks better than it smells. 

This roll of tie-dyed cotton, enough for one kimono, costs $1500. It is made in Arimatsu, the place where our vintage examples were also made. Kimono are trendy in Japan after a long decline. 

This roll of tie-dyed cotton, enough for one kimono, costs $1500. It is made in Arimatsu, the place where our vintage examples were also made. Kimono are trendy in Japan after a long decline. 

Only one of the miraculous iff eribgs inthe food basement at Marsuya-- freeze these bags if fresh fruit mash for a gourmet popsicle. 

Only one of the miraculous iff eribgs inthe food basement at Marsuya-- freeze these bags if fresh fruit mash for a gourmet popsicle. 

I had to visit one great antique dealer. Mr. Hasebe is the champion of fine old Mingei -- among other things. There are always several superb and appealing things.

 This is the mother of all pot hooks! 

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Last supper at Honmura-an. Salad with fresh figs, peeled. 

Several other courses followed. I will spare you.  

Several other courses followed. I will spare you.  

Dessert was an apricot mochi!  

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