— ART, FASHION & MORE !
Even though I was born in the big city Tokyo, I sometimes find myself hungering for peace and quiet. This past week annual rainy season has signaled the end toward the start of endless summer here — and I popped into the little adorable place, LUPOPO café & gallery, to breathe and cool off on a hot summer day.
LUPOPO is charming in an analog sort of way and inspires me about the beauty of small merchants. Located in Sangenjaya district, a 5 minute metro ride away from Shibuya, it has a twin-track approach in the floor space of approximately 16.5 square meters : one is gallery section, which consistently displays almost 80 artists’ work, and another is café area, in which passersby have some refreshments and also artists (exhibitors, most of the part) get to hold workshops.
Tomohiko Hanai, the owner and curator at LUPOPO café & gallery, believes in the power of profound conscious harmony with nature and artisans. Everything in the store such as accessories, candles, key rings, knitted items, magnets and straw baskets (too many thing to list…), is surprisingly comforting.
“I’m in love with the “slow beat” that I can feel from artisanal products. Artisans always give us the magic that people clearly love and it’s timeless.” said Hanai. Yes, this place cocoons me in floaty bliss and makes me glad to feel the peace of the woods without taking a long vacation.
LUPOPO café & gallery : 1-35-20 Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0024 Japan
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