Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Samurai Store

You may remember the Shibuya store I mentioned with samurai-inspired fashions. The centerpiece of the store was this hot samurai-armor-slash-miniskirt ensemble. Unfortunately not for sale, but enough to plant samurai thoughts in your head. They also sold postcards with this artwork, which were cool, but not for $10 worth of yen. Maybe if they were posters. The coolest garments there were jackets with strips of fabric layed down the sleeve in a manner suggesting armor. But considering they were simple polyester-type jackets, very expensive. So Stephanie passed it up and got a cool, but less samurai-ish vest instead. Later, after we'd moved on from Tokyo, Stephanie got to thinking that she hadn't yet made any particularly major Japanese purchases, and perhaps the uniqueness and the source justified the price. So we resolved to return to the store on our last day, when we would be back in town.

So on that day, we went back to the Shibuya 109, found the floor, and--the shop was gone. Like something out of the Twilight Zone. A mere week later, the samurai store and several of the adjacent stores were gone, all covered with a curtain, behind which you could see piles of cardboard boxes, nothing more. So Stephanie never got a second chance at the samurai jacket. Fortunately the Hello Kitty apple head we found later that day cheered her up.

Investigating the Shibuya 109 store guide, we later realized the store's location was part of a row of shops collectively referred to as the 109 Selection, so it's possible that was a series of stores that change periodically. But there was no way we could have known that before. Posted by Hello


lydia said...

Did you take a picture of the uber-cool jacket?

Kenny said...

Sadly, no. We didn't realize at the time that the jacket would have such retroactive significance. Plus it felt weird in a small store to go around photographing the merchandise. However, if you look closely at this photo you can just glimpse the upper sleeve of a couple of the jackets just behind the mannequin's headless neck. You can just see the yellow "armor" panels on the black jacket and the red panels on the white jacket. I'm not sure if you'll really be able to tell anything about it from this picture if you haven't seen the jacket before.