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The Creators’ Community: 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN

The Creators’ Community: 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN

Tokyo 2014.05.12 Bookmark

Incredible handicrafts and made in Japan items are available at 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN, where you can also talk to the artisans' responsible for the pieces.

Translated by Michiyo Nakashima

Written by Takuro Komatsuzaki

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Okachimachi used to be a haven for artisans in the Edo era. Today this haven is heating up again as creators and artisans gather together from all over Japan to display their artwork under the viaduct of the JR Yamanote line. It’s called the 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN.

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The space is based on a black and white theme, and about 50 restaurants, galleries, and clothing shops are lined up under the viaduct.

By the way, this place has a pretty weird name, huh? In fact, the name is divided into two separate meanings.

'2k540'

This is a technical term used by train staff to determine their distance from Tokyo station, where it is set as the rail head.

AKI-OKA

AKI stands for Akihabara and OKA stands for Okachimachi, the station next to Akihabara. It was named with hopes that many people would come visit this place and create a community.

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ARTISAN

The word "Craftsman" in French.

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The artisans at these shops are very welcoming and excited to talk to visitors. If you get tired walking, you can find a café to get some rest. The Café ASAN that we introduced before on MATCHA is also located at this street.

Enjoy Conversations with Artisans

What is really attractive about this place is that visitors are able to communicate with local artisans about the products in front of you. Knowing the background of their products also gives you a taste of artistic appreciation. In a mass consumption society, people should know the facts behind producers’ efforts behind their products. The invisible effort makes the products more valuable and becomes a part of the history of traditional art and craft. This is a unique and modern place to visit and also a good place to make connections with artistic people!

Information

2k450 AKI-OKA ARTISAN

Address: Tokyo, Taito, Ueno 5-9 (Under the viaduct between Akihabara and Okachimachi St.)
Hours: 11:00~19:00 (Depends on stores)
Closed: every Wednesday
Access: 6 minute walk from JR Akihabara Station, 4 minutes walk from JR Okachimachi Station, 3 minutes walk from Suehirocho Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
HP: http://www.jrtk.jp/2k540/

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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