November 8, 2017

Oku-Shibuya: A New, Unique Side to Shibuya

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This time on Tokyo Eye 2020, we're exploring Shibuya... sort of. We'll check out Oku-Shibuya, a quiet side to the busy city that's been gaining popularity with trendy new shops.



Sebastian A kakigori shaved ice shop that's a smash even in winter. The owner, a former chef of French cuisine, uses his experience to whip up innovative shaved ice dishes that keep customers coming.


Camelback Sandwich & Espresso This coffee and sandwich shop was opened in 2014 by two men who've been best friends since high school. The sandwich maker is a former sushi chef who adds a Japanese twist to his unique sandwiches.


Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers This boutique bookstore opened in 2008, and features about 5,000 hand-picked titles, plus accessories, cosmetics, stationery and more for lovers of reading.


Shibuya Cheese Stand With its factory just around the corner, this shop offers freshly-made cheese like mozzarella and ricotta for takeout and in a variety of in-store dishes like pizza and more.


Mitamura Gakki-ten This store specializes in Japanese instruments like the koto, biwa and shamisen. In business in Oku-Shibu since 1949, its third-generation owner Yoshihisa Mitamura is an officially-recognized traditional craftsperson of Tokyo.


Sensuous A shop specializing in water plants, tropical fish and various accessories. Attend one of the workshops to create miniature aquariums from everyday glass items like bottles or lightbulbs.


Hinine Note A print shop that opened in 2016 where you can make your own one-of-a-kind notebook by customizing the front and back covers, choosing the colors and more, which the shop's staff then assembles for you.


Yoyogi Hachimangu shrine A shrine on the outskirts of Oku-Shibu established in the 13th century, it serves as a spiritual center for the people of the neighborhood. Rich with history, it is located in an area in which a stone age village and many artifacts have been excavated.

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1) Sebastian
Address: #102 7-15 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
2) Camelback Sandwich & Espresso
Address: 42-2 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
3) Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers
Address: 17-3 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
4) Shibuya Cheese Stand
Address: 5-8 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
5) Mitamura Gakki-ten
Address: 8-2 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
6) Sensuous
Address: 8-2 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
7) Hinine Note
Address: 1-3-5 Uehara, Shibuya-ku
8) Yoyogi Hachimangu shrine
Address: 5-1-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku


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Estella Mak

TV news producer, reporter, interpreter
When did you first come to Japan?:
In 1992.
Reason for coming to Japan:
I grew up in Hong Kong, but I've always loved Japanese culture. After studying Japanese at University in Canada, I was thrilled to come and see the real Japan. I am captivated by the beautiful scenery, delicious food, festivals, and most of all, the polite and warm people.