It’s definitely difficult not to fall in love with Japan. This year, I headed over to Osaka again for a two-week work & play adventure. Last year, I was still finding and learning my way around the city, so my search for craft supplies was quite limited. This year, I checked out new places and discovered that there was so much I was missing. Since there’s been this great Japan invasion this year, I thought I’d share with you fellow crafter a few of my favorite spots. Here’s quick Arts and Crafts Supplies Guide: Where to buy in Osaka.
Here are some tips before shopping:
– Addresses are not necessarily sequential in Japan, so a map is your best bet!
– Learn the phrase “_Store Name_ doko desuka?” Most locals are willing to help with directions!
– Always bring your passport with you! Most stores allow for tax-free shopping, up to 10%, depending on how much you purchase.
– If you’re not the type of person who can curb low EQ, best to leave your credit card at home! You might end up spending way more than you intended to. Trust me!
Branches to visit: Grand Front Osaka (Osaka-Umeda Station) or Namba Center Bldg (Namba Station)
Basic supplies are also available at most Family Mart branches
Muji is a treasure trove for all things minimalist. Be it clothes, furniture, homeware or supplies, you’re bound to fall in love with the simplicity of all their goods. Muji is my go-to for notebooks and pens. Although Muji is available in the Philippines, I still stocked up on supplies because they’re so much cheaper! I love that the コンビニ (konbini) has them!
Branches to visit: Namba (DenDen Town) and Kobe (near Train Station)
How can you go wrong when everything costs 100 Yen? The Daiso branches I visited were multi-level! Think five, six, maybe seven floors. I managed to score yarn, wool roving, jewelry charms, sumi ink, japanese brush calligraphy paper, and a bunch of random kiddie toys. Much like Muji, Daiso is available in Manila. However, there is a definite difference in cost, store size and product variety!
Branches to visit: Daimaru Shinsaibashi (Shinsaibashi Station) and Kobe (near Train Station)
Yuzawaya was my #1 shopping spot when I visited Osaka last year. Their stores carry paint, watercolor, aquash watercolor bush pens, stamps, fabric, yarn and craft kits. I noticed that each branch seemed to have a “specialty” craft, so don’t expect to see the same things over and over. They hold craft workshops every so often, so definitely check their schedules. I’m pretty sure the classes will be taught in Japanese though. Wakanai!
Branch to visit: Namba (Den Den Town) near AKB48 Cafe (Namba Station)
I lucked out on this little gem of a shop. I walked right past it one day without even realizing it was full of arts and crafts supplies. U-Arts sells COPIC pens, Kuretake brush pens and water brushes, calligraphy holsters and nibs, watercolor and acrylic sets, paint brushes, paper punchers, washi tape, washi paper, notebooks, sketchpads, watercolor pads and so much more. Pay attention to their signs, even if they’re written in Japanese. They often offer discounts when you purchase more than three or five pieces of a certain thing. If you’re a cat lover, this is a must-visit. Their store is filled with all sorts of cat stationery: washi tape, photo booth props, stamps, notebooks, notepads, stamps and pencils. The shop also has one floor serving as an art gallery, and another as a work or craftspace.
Branches to visit: Q’Mall (Tennoji) and Daimaru Umeda (Osaka-Umeda Station)
I didn’t find much in Tokyu Hands when I visited Osaka last year. Maybe I just wasn’t looking hard enough! This year, I scored a whole lot of goodies. Skip the aisles of makeup and home goods, and head right over to their Design & Art corners. I was able to snag gold Kuretake brush pens, and silver and gold watercolor paint dishes! While combing through the racks of art supplies, I also found 000 and 00 tip paint brushes. You can also buy calligraphy nibs in packs of 10’s for cheap. If you’re a fan of GACHA (surprise eggs), Tokyu Hands usually has rows upon rows of cute ones!
Branches to visit: Q’Mall (Tennoji)
If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, it might be best to head on over to Q’Mall to visit ABC Craft and Tokyu Hands in one go. ABC Craft is the all encompassing craft store. They had nearly anything you’ll ever need. They had aisles and aisles of scrapbooking supplies, beads, jewelry findings, yarn and thread, fabric (♥ the traditional Chinese and Japanese prints!), paint, brushes, wooden goods, home stuff and oodles and oodles of craft kits. Most craft stores I’ve visited often offer scheduled workshops. ABC Craft was different. They had these stations at every area of the store! They were ready to teach an assortment of crafts at any given point. There were tables of scrapbookers, painters, jewelry makers and knitters!
I hope this helps you out! Just don’t blame me if you don’t have any space for your clothes when you head back home. Happy Crafting! 🙂