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A local artisan reveals some of the secrets of Asakusabashi with

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Updated: December 7, 2023

Yosuke Oishi

Leather craftsman

After graduating from high school in his native Hokkaido, Yosuke Oishi came to Tokyo to study clothing and textiles. Working with classic leather designs, he set up shop in Asakusabashi where he deals in finely crafted leather goods and also imparts his skills to others at workshops.

The large number of shops specializing in bags and beadwork reflects Asakusabashi's history as Tokyo's leather goods district. It's great to see the area's many shops alive with shoppers in search of supplies and handicrafts.

  1. Drop into my store—Takara Sangyo—and see the leather goods up close
  2. Create your own handcrafted goods at the Monomachi workshop—held every May and run by artisans from Asakusabashi and the surrounding areas
  3. Peruse a wide array of fashion goods, decorative items, and stationery at Shimojima
  4. Drop by the aptly named MIYUKI FACTORY—the ultimate one stop shop for anything bead related
  5. Grab something to eat and drink at Nishiguchi Yakiton Asakusabashi with its tasty and reasonably priced dishes