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April 20, 2015
2k540 Aki-Oka
Tokyo is a city that allows – nay encourages – you to shop ‘til you drop. From high and low fash finds in Harajuku and the designer-lined streets of glammy Ginza, to Akihabara’s kaleidoscopic Electric Town and tourist trinkets in old Asakusa, there is literally something for everyone. And for the intrepid indie enthusiast in search of artisanal offerings? Why, there’s 2k540 Aki-Oka, an under-the-tracks one-stop shop catering to those looking for something a bit different.

Located exactly two kilometres and 540 metres from Tokyo Station, between Akihabara and Okachimachi, 2k540 Aki-Oka (gettit?) assembles a range of bijou boutiques, galleries and studios. Taking residence in a string of repurposed shipping containers, each one offers craft-chic, Japan-made wares, as well as coffee shops that are more cool than kawaii. The adventurous among you can get hands-on at one of the workshops, while those who prefer to observe can peruse the various items on offer, from DIY-designed umbrellas at Tokyo Noble, to bespoke wooden tech accessories at Hacoa; you’ll find exactly what you didn’t even realise you were looking for. And despite its proximity to Akiba’s sensory overload, 2k540 presents an ultra-mod emporium in which to spend time, and money, to your heart’s content. Move over plastic fantastic, handmade is hot and it’s here to stay.

5-9-23 Ueno / Taito / +81 3 6806 0254 / 11:00 am-7:00 pm Thu-Tue /