Oct 02

The Amber Lion

by in business trips, japan, tokyo

Whenever I go to Tokyo I visit my good friend, Akitaka Yamada, who owns a vintage clothing store in western Tokyo. I’ve known Aki for a couple of years now and he is actually a former student from the school where I work in Vancouver. Aki has 2 vintage clothing shops in Tokyo: 7th Heaven and Amber Lion.

The Amber Lion is located in the trendy area of Kichijoji, which is also a university area, stacked with young Tokyoites, shopping, eating and studying. Kichijoji is home to many cool boutiques, restaurants and

department stores. On the edge of Kichijoji you will find Inokashira Park which is particularly beautiful in the spring with cherry trees blossoming all around the lake and those same young students drinking and picnicking in the park.
Aki travels all over Japan, US and Mexico to buy up clothing for resale in his stores in Tokyo. His shops are home to an eclectic mix of jewelry, jeans, bags, shirts and shoes. Some of those clothes are repaired or refurbished by Aki and his staff using the old sewing machine at the front of the shop.
To visit the Amber Lion, jump on the JR Chuo or Sobu line from Shinjuku station to Kichijoji station and take the south exit into the street. The store is located on the side street just behind Marui (OIOI) department store.

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