1. Jiyucho
    Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa
  2. Jiyucho
    Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa
  3. Jiyucho
    Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa
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    Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa
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    Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa
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    Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa
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Time Out says

When was the last time you penned a hand-written letter? As we now live in a fast-paced digital world, many of us have lost touch with pen and paper. At Jiyucho, you can take the time to reflect on your day and write a letter to yourself which will be sent to you a year later. 

It’s a unique concept, and the shop offers several letterset options. The Tomoshibi (¥2,970) is the most popular, where you get to choose a postcard themed on past, present or future to help prompt your letter, as well as a cup of coffee or tea. Once you’ve finished, seal your letter and hand it to the staff who will mail it to you a year later.

The Cup of Letter (¥880) option, on the other hand, gives you a poem and an essay written by Jiyucho’s owner Koyama-san, along with a drink to enjoy while reading. This set can be mailed to yourself or a friend as a lovely surprise gift.

Lastly, Jiyucho’s Calendar letter subscription (¥1,760) will send you a monthly calendar page and reflection card which you can write on at the end of each month. Once you’ve received all your cards, they can be made into a book at the shop as a nice journal of your year.

Jiyucho also offers a special book exchange service, where you can leave a message or note within the book for the next reader. Once you’ve dropped off your book, you can pick up another from the bookshelf to take home with you.


4-11-2 Kuramae, Taito
Kuramae Station
Opening hours:
1pm-6pm, Sat & Sun 11am-8pm, closed Mon & Tue
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