ISSUE 62  |  Japonesque

Shopper’s Diary: Today’s Special in Japan

March 06, 2013 8:00 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

We could easily see ourselves get lost in this perfectly set up (seems to be an ongoing pattern in Japan) Nordic-influenced garden and home shop in Tokyo. As you make your way around the store, watch out for hanging terrariums – they are everywhere.

Today’s Special, located in Jiyuugaoka (a neighborhood in southern Tokyo), offers plants and home accessories in an urban concrete setting. The store was designed by Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects, whose intentions were to create a jungle experience among trees and moss covered pots.

Photos by Takumi Ota.

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Above: Pots, saucers, shrubs, and trees dress the tables.

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Above: The entry doors of Today’s Special are covered with blackboards and the signage is written in chalk.

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Above: A white porcelain sink and a wooden counter add a warm note to the concrete interior.

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Above: Large hanging terrariums can be seen throughout the store.

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Above: You are hit by an oasis of plants as you climb the stairs to the second floor.

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