April 5, 2017

I Love Tokyo! A woodblock artist in Asakusa

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In this new series, Tokyo residents show us what makes the city so great. Our guest today is woodblock artist David Bull, with his take on Asakusa.



Mokuhankan Owned by woodprint artist David Bull, the store sells replica ukiyo-e prints of Edo Period works by Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, and other artists. It also sells new prints designed by modern artists. Visitors can even try their hand at woodblock printing.
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Kimono Cups An 80-year-old Japanese clothing store in Asakusa selling original kimono cups made with high-end nishijin obi belts.


Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center A tourism center by the Kaminarimon gate. It holds regular short programs where foreign visitors can experience traditional Japanese culture. There's a great view of Asakusa at night from the eighth-floor observation deck.


Jakotsuyu A centuries-old bathhouse using dark, natural hot spring water. It has an outside bath, entrance to which is included in the entrance fee.


Tokyo Hotarudo An antique shop specializing in items from the first half of the 20th century. Some items have been adapted to work with modern technology. Once a month it holds turn-of-the-century parties.


The Sumida Hokusai Museum A museum dedicated to the artist Katsushika Hokusai, who was born in Sumida. It has about 1,800 items in its collection, and exhibits ukiyo-e prints from his early years up to his final works.

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1) Mokuhankan
Address: 1-41-8 Asakusa, Taito-ku
2) Kimono Cups
Address: Asakusa Tatsumiya, 1-18-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku
3) Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center
Address: 2-18-9 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku
4) Jakotsuyu
Address: 1-11-11 Asakusa, Taito-ku
5) Tokyo Hotarudo
Address: 1-41-8 Asakusa, Taito-ku
6) The Sumida Hokusai Museum
Address: 2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku