If you’ve been to Japan, you’ll know that Tokyu Hands carries almost every item you can think of. The mega one-stop shop has outlets around the country, including several in Tokyo, and offers a range of goods from souvenirs and stationery to cooking equipment, crafts and cosmetics.
Unfortunately, Sankei Shimbun reports that Tokyu Hands is now planning to shutter its Ikebukuro location this September. First opened in October 1984, the store is located near the massive Sunshine City shopping centre and comprises eight floors.
It’s particularly well known for the Nekobukuro cat 'petting zoo' on the top floor. While technically not a café, since no food and drink are served, Nekobukuro opened in 2000 and is considered a forerunner of Tokyo’s cat café craze.
Although the company was considering closing the store even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, sales reportedly took a nosedive during last year’s state of emergency.
Currently, there’s no announcement on what the future holds for the storefront – or whether Nekobukuro will stick around – after September 2021. Luckily, you can still shop at Tokyu Hands locations in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ginza, Toyosu and more. For the full list of locations, visit the official website.
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