I stumbled across Analogue Life
in Selvedge magazine. I am such a sucker for a shop in a country that is not my own & in the middle of nowhere- or at least nowhere near my itinerary. We decided to squeeze Nagoya in between training from Kyoto to Tokyo, a three hour window. Analogue Life is a gallery/shop located in suburban Nagoya that no taxi drivers know exists. It is 10 minutes from Sakurayama Station. It is on the second floor of a beautiful, traditional house on a corner with a generous garden and big, black, temple style gates. They showcase the wares of Japanese artisans and craftspeople from silky, soft wooden miso bowls, cast metal mosquito coil holders, lacquerware vessels with walnut lids, spoons handbeaten by a jeweller, persimmon painted paper dustpans for sweeping your tatami mats, wooden coat hangers with very long hooks, copper scissors that fit your hand to perfection, bamboo and charcoal soap by a hippie German expat, delicate, handle-less ceramic teacups (a good time to start a collection), tree stump stools and rami & linen bathhouse cloths. So many lovely things. It was worth the adventure: two train rides and three cab rides, all in the rain.
25, Jun 2012