【Tokyo Stroll】”Traveler’s Factory” in Nakameguro—jot down memories of each day with a personalized “traveler’s notebook”

22.November.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

Nakameguro—a quiet district nestled within Meguro. It’s a fun place to take a stroll around, lined with second hand clothes shops and cafés. It’s just two stops from Shibuya Station making it an easy location to get to.

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Today, Hikari Shibata takes us to “Traveler’s Company,” an internationally popular notebook shop that specializes in “traveler’s notebooks.”

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Upon hearing that the shop stocks lots of cute items, Hikari quickly took the lead. Traveler’s Company is just 3-minutes’ walk by foot from Nakameguro Station via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. It’s super close to the station so it’s the perfect first stop on your stroll.

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A “traveler’s notebook” is a special type of notebook that you can refill and customize to your liking. The cover is made of leather meaning the style and texture will change the more you use it. Part of its charm also comes from how easy it is to get absorbed in writing inside one. The pages are refillable, and you can get all sorts of different customizable parts for the notebook, so you can really work to make it personal.

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In addition to these traveler’s notebooks, the shop also stocks masking tape, stamps and other stationery pieces, not to mention countless bits and bobs that will go towards making your notebook truly your own creation. And because Traveler’s Factory sells many items that are popular even overseas, lots of foreigners will make their way to Nakameguro to stop by.

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Besides stationary, you can also expect to find a range of other items in the shop, such as restored film cameras and beverage products such as cups and coffee drippers. Hikari  was in a daze by the coffee grinder, something she’s been interested in for a long time.

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These adorable penguin items are a collaboration with Pan American World Airways, or Pan Am for short. That’s right, there aren’t just original items – the shop often collaborates with various shops and businesses, so be sure to check what they’re selling if you drop by.

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These are original design postcards. The shop gets a lot of travelers so they sell a lot of postcards! You can write about your travels on a postcard you purchase in the free space on the 2nd floor and mail it from the shop. You can also buy stamps there.

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Hikari intently studied the practicality of the notebooks. The main aspect that sparked her attention was the refills. You can buy useful pouches to store away tickets, seals to conveniently stick photos and many other unique refill items you wouldn’t find for ordinary notebooks.

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Another highlight at Traveler’s Company is receiving a special stamp. When you shop there, you can stamp a book with one of their 20+ stamps! The designs are unique to the shop, so be sure to stamp one in your travel log.

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The shop is a 60-year-old renovated building and has a 2nd floor free space area where you can enjoy a cup of coffee. Shelves are lined with lots of books, so you can spend some relaxing time there to chill out and read a book. Events and workshops are also held about once a month so be sure not to miss out!

 

Hikari is no stranger to Nakameguro as she has visited many times to go around the second-hand clothes stores. She was thrilled to find this hidden spot that not only sells original notebooks and various stationeries, but a range of miscellaneous items too. It even has a café. If you find yourself in Nakameguro and in need of some quiet time, then definitely consider taking refuge at the cozy Traveler’s Factory.

 

■Information

Traveler’s Factory

Address: 3-13-10 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo

Access: 3 minutes by foot from the South Exit of Nakameguro Station via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Open: 12:00-20:00

TEL: 03-6412-7830

Website: https://www.travelers-factory.com

Model:Hikari Shibata

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Hikari Shibata is a model for numerous popular fashion magazines. She gives a fresh and eloquent impression with her fashion sense that goes hand in hand with her unique style. She also posts lifestyle content across her social media, including on her Instagram and Twitter accounts, which receives huge support and attention from her female readers of the same generation. As well as working as a model, she is also active in the field of photography, and has even held photo exhibitions inside and outside Tokyo. Hikari also maintains her very own portfolio website which features her photography work.

Instagram:@_sbthkr

Writer:Ryoichi Komaba

Photograph:Haruka Yamamoto

Translator;Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

 

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    If you are a Snoopy fan, make sure to stop by!

     

    © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

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    When the breeze rolls past the wind chimes ring one by one-a cool and refreshing sound.

    “I hear each one of these Edo wind chimes are individually handmade by craftsmen.”

    When you hear the sound of the wind chimes it makes you feel cool like a gentle breeze of the wind.

     

    After strolling along the Wind-Chime Forest Path we make our way towards this year’s ECO EDO Art Aquarium event.

    The moment we step instead Yutaro is already dazzled by all the goldfish: “Wow! I knew about this place from what I’d seen online, but this my first time here! This art aquarium really is something!”

     

    The full title of the event is “ECO EDO Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM 2019 ~Edo, Coolness of Kingyo~ & Night Aquarium.”  Goldfish were a huge part of the common culture in Nihonbashi during the Edo period. This event recreates that and brings that “coolness” aspect while combining it with contemporary art by having people observe the fish in lots of different artistic environments.

    Super Oiran

    “This is the biggest fish tank, apparently it has 3,000 fish swimming inside!”

    “Seeing the light reflect on the water from the illuminations lets you see the fish in a different light, doesn’t it?”

    Looks like Yutaro-kun is having a lot of fun taking photos.

    He’s equally interested in just about every fish tank!

    These other fish tanks have a different aesthetic to them. Their Japanese-style designs make for great photos.

    Kaleidorium 3D

    “This one’s beautiful, it’s like a kaleidoscope.”

    It really does look like one. When you take a peek instead you can glimpse all kinds of colourful fish gently swimming around.

    Ceiling Kingyo

    “There’re goldfish swimming on the ceiling too. So cool! This aquarium is incredible. It brings together the great culture of Edo and contemporary art.”

     

    The Art Aquarium bustles every single year with visitors, but this year will mark its last run. It’s being held at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, so if you have the chance to go then please do.

    We of course checked out some local Nihonbashi treats too! We stopped by morozoff for some cheesecake after the aquarium.

    morozoff Kamadashi Cheesecake (Goldfish) – ¥270 Each (Tax Included)

    These cute cheesecakes with their goldfish designs are available for a limited time only. They’re filled with sweet red bean paste. They perfect with iced tea.

    “Got some! Let’s eat them while we head back.”

    Goldfish Lantern Walkway

    Our first date in Nihonbashi was so much fun. While on the date Yutaro-kun spoke about the new live-action film he’s in, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.

     

    “It’s a romance film with mind games to try and make the other person confess their love. I play the character Tsubasa. His number one highlight scene is the kabedon scene. That was my first day shooting, so I was super nervous, but I got along well with the other actors, and the atmosphere on set was harmonious, so I was able to relax for the shoots. Tsubasa is a genuine guy who will believe things that have been said to him in earnest. You’ve definitely gotta check out all his scenes throughout the film!”

     

    “A lot of the cast are the same age as me, so we were all energetic together in the waiting room. There’s a scene at the end where all the cast get together. It took 3 days to shoot so we ended up getting along really well.”

     

    “This film has made me realise that love comes in many shapes, and that mind games happen in a variety of ways between guys and girls. There’s cute scenes that express that small bit of pride that teenagers have, the embarassment they feel, when they get butterflies, scenes that will warm your heart. The film has various elements to it so I thoroughly enjoyed watching it myself. I hope that couples in love in their teens and twenties watch it, and I also hope that married couples watch it and crack up laughing too.”

     

    “In the film it’s summer break, and they go and see fireworks and stuff. It’s definitely one to watch durnig the summer. You’re gonna come watch it too, right? Shall we go?”

     

    An offer we cannot refuse! We’ll definitely go and see it with you, Yutaro-kun! 

     

    Model: Yutaro

    Writer: Yuki Yokoo

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    TALENT PROFILE

    Yutaro

    Yutaro was born in Hiroshima on June 3rd 1998. His modeling career has earned him lots of attention as a fashion icon of the new generation. The famous model also works as a “charisma” shop assistant. Yutaro has gained his reputation as a “mysterious and handsome guy” from his appearance on Japanese variety shows. His debut was made on the show “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” and has since then appeared on numerous different TV shows. He challenged himself to appear on stage for the very first time in March this year and is gaining popularity by the day for his diverse work.

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