This Industrial Home Store in Japan Is Perfect for DIY Lovers
Think workshops and curated spaces.
2-5-16-5 Tsurumai, Showa Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on 4th Tuesday of each month
How to get there: It’s an 8-minute walk, southeast from the JR Tsurumai Station.
Shopping for furniture, handy tools, and home improvement products often takes a lot of time and effort--it’s especially frustrating when you still can’t find the right items for your home even after going through so many stores. That won’t be the case when you visit this recently reopened local home store in Tsurumai, Nagoya.
Produced by popular local design company, Eight Design Co., Ltd., EIGHT TOWN makes shopping for home necessities fun and educational through workshops and curated spaces. Here, shoppers can have fun, relax with a cup of coffee, and create their own materials with the help of professional craftsmen.
It’s a store that’s hard to miss as it comes with stylish exteriors and a big “8” sign on its facade. Next to it is Hachi Café, which offers tarts, sandwiches, and coffee that you can take with you into the hardware store while you shop--yes, you can eat and drink inside!
If you’re shopping with kids, EIGHT TOWN also has a dedicated children’s play area at the shop front. There's even a mini wooden house where you can also have your photo taken.
DIY products such as door knobs, lightings, peg boards, and shelf support parts are situated on the same floor as the 3D photo booth. Meanwhile, the second level features stylish clothes and unique accessories you can bring home as pasalubong, as well as high-quality kitchenware and furniture.
Want to recreate the interior design of the store in your home? EIGHT TOWN is open to various requests such as styling and changes in size--you just have to ask. But if you can only take home small items for now, there are also lots of well-designed and affordable pieces that you can start with.
For one, you can make your own souvenir items using leather or wooden materials that you can buy from the store. There are also small DIY spaces available for accessory-making, where you can be guided by skilled crafters for free. You can get some kitchen glassware and utensils as gift items for your home or loved ones, too.
Lastly, if you have ample time and are interested to learn more about the craft, make sure to check out the manufacturing process happening in the workshop room. Or better yet, watch for their special events so you can attend their free workshops while you’re in Japan!
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Tokai Walker™ (2 November 2017)