Be careful not to pass by this quaint pottery shop!
When I first moved to Japan, I met many fellow foreigners who collected everything – paintings, dolls, kimonos, obies, chopsticks, to name just a few. To avoid amassing knickknacks destined to be dust-bunny magnets, a friend and I devised a self-test -- do I just love this in Japan or am I really going to put it up in my house when I get home? Most of the time we look at the crane painting or sumo wrestler shot glass and sigh before putting it back on the shelf. But I rarely put back what catches my eye at this little pottery shop. Though it’s a tight fit – I mean holding your breath and walking on your tips toes around the tiny shop to make sure you don't bump or kick one of the hundreds of colorful bowls and plates and cups and platters stacked on the shelves and floor – I cannot recommend it enough! Your pocketbook will also thank you, as the prices are lower here than most other shops along the same street. My cabinet is filling up with fine wares from this shop. And yes, I will use all ten little lotus-shaped soy sauce servers when I go home … a perfect gift for girlfriends (or me!) to store rings and earrings in, don’t you think? (As you walk down Komachi-Dori from Kamakura station, keep an eye out on your left for pottery on carts outside a doorway that leads up a pottery lined staircase.)