Friday, December 7

A Handmade Market in Minami Azabu {Tokyo}

Life is full of surprises and you must be ready to jump when opportunities appear... I have been following tokyo_lily on Instagram since October and just yesterday I noticed her photos about a market in Minami Azabu - which is near Roppongi, central Tokyo. The goods on sale looked rather beautiful and I was intrigued. 

You may know that I have been on the lookout for handmade markets ever since I came back from France, which explains my excitement! I immediately commented on Lily's photo that I was interested in paying them a visit, if she could kindly tell me the location {all details are here by the way}. The market is open until tomorrow 7pm and we are off to Yokosuka for the entire day so I really had to make it happen today!

I jumped on the train right after dropping off my son at school, and managed to find out the house pretty easily. It happens to be Lily's home as well as her gallery space for Subject Matter Art, a rather beautiful project about photography. Since it's a home and we are in Asia, I had to take off my shoes, yeah! first time ever to browse a market in socks. It certainly adds to the coziness...

The space is absolutely gorgeous with a minimalist feel and spreads over three floors. My favorite room has to be the South-African one with the stunning botanical photography by Clinton Friedman, the wire baskets, the delightful textiles and paper goods by Skinny La Minx and the light made of white ostrich feathers! Heaven.

Chie of Coco Roxx

Then at the top floor were more sellers, all super friendly and enthusiastic about their work. Chie is selling her handmade jewelry under the label Coco Roxx while Katie Van Camp represents her beautifully illustrated books for children Harry and Horsie - I got them both + 1 tee shirt + THE poster. Too cute! The retro illustrations are by Canadian artist Lincoln Agnew, what a discovery! I love his style.

Katie Van Camp, author & the poster of Harry

I also got to meet up with the two mums behind Tokyo Urban Baby - The Essential Guide to having  baby in Japan & baby-friendly places in Japan. They have an online shop as well, give it a look if you are looking for something different - the silk necklaces are just gorgeous!

Kate Neath and Tomoko Momose of Tokyo Urban Baby

So, if you have time tomorrow, please drop by the Minami Azabu Art & Design Market and say hello to everyone from me. If you come by 10am, there will be croissant and coffee to welcome you. Wine after 4pm. No excuses, I know you will make time for this!

Thank you to Lily and her team for bringing this market to life, and I hope to be part of the next edition!


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