Nakano Broadway 中野ブロードウェイ

Tokyo Toys and Collectibels

Nakano Broadway - 5 level shopping mall packed with vendors spanning the wide spectrum of otaku culture. There are video game, manga, cosplay, figures, antiques, audio gear, fashion to name a few types of stores. We are interested in Showa era collectibles  (1960-70’s) and found many treasures. Some shops are super organized while others are super dense but it makes it a true treasure hunt.

Travel Tip: Visit the website and print out the floor maps. Look at the individual store descriptions and mark the ones that interest you. Make a plan of attack or you will be overwhelmed. 

Address: Nakano Broadway (Sun Plaza Building) 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano 164-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

Date Visited: Nov 21, 2014

Usagi no Nedoko ウサギノネドコ

Kyoto Unique Store

Usagi no Nedoko (rabbits sleeping place) - located in a renovated Kyoto-styled machiya (townhouse). They are known worldwide for their Sola Cubes - natural items cast in clear acrylic. They also run a single room guest house upstairs.

This unique shop also sells other nature related items and curiosities such as fossils, gems, rocks, shells and seed pods.

We picked up 2 Sola Cubes and a crystal object.

Shop: (Japanese Only)

Sola Cube Website: (english page)

Address: 37 Minamiharamachi, Nishinokyo, Nakagyoku, Kyotoshi, 604-8432 Japan

Date Visited: Nov 23, 2014

Cafe CQT (Kurikotto) 焼き菓子 カフェ クリコット

Fukuoka Cafe

Cafe CQT (Kurikotto) - Located in an old apartment building now filled with artist and retail spaces. The owner who serves hand dripped coffee drinks and baked goods she has prepared for the day operates the cafe.

The cafe has a small gallery space and sells items from local artist. We picked up a Glass Car by Izumi Morikuni  and a Cermaic Boat by Koubousora.

Kuriko is the shop corgi dog.

Website: (blog in Japanese only)
Address: Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, Minami Ward, Ogusu, 3 Chome-7-26 Asada Building 2nd Floor

Date Visited Nov 26, 2014