+81 Magazine

Vol.72 Tokyo Community Spaces issue


This is our first look at some of the many minimal yet innovative concept stores and community spaces where the location itself has become a medium for creation. The issue will be a +81 guide to 47 creative spaces on all shapes and sizes in Tokyo.


The first of the four main features focuses on progressive bookstores or spaces that have adopted unique concepts for presenting publications. Some specialize in art or typography whereas others carry only rare vintage works, and some even have bars or facilities for guests to stay overnight. The second feature looks at modern shops with a charming retro vibe and a hint of the Japan of yesteryear to them, and in the third we pick up a few fashion-oriented composite concept stores that are linked with restaurants, cafes, or galleries. These two features might seem to cover opposite ends of the spectrum, but we feel that when viewed together they provide an accurate portrayal of today’s trends. We wrap things up with a fourth feature on spaces that embody the handiwork and worldviews of their creators.


The cover and the map feature a symbolic drawing of the streets of Tokyo by London illustrator Andrew Joyce.



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