Wrapping Paper That’s Too Nice For Any Present

Cats at the public bath!

There’s one problem with shopping at the chiyogami store in Yanaka – in a matter of  minutes, my shopping basket was stacked with ten times the number of sheets I came for, and all of them were whispering, “Frame me!” Even though the paper isn’t expensive, I knew when I got home I wouldn’t be able to bear cutting up and sticking a piece of tape on any of them. In fact, I wasn’t sure I could give them away.

This store’s designs are so wonderful, Van Gogh immortalized one of them in a painting. If you ask, the cashier will show you a book with a picture of the painting, and sure enough, the paper in the background is recognizable as one that they still sell in the store today! I guess Van Gogh had the same problem.

An Edo Era toyseller’s stand that also never made it to the cutting room floor. I’m sorry to say, my friend got a birthday wrapped in a piece of boring old tissue paper I managed to scrounge from the back of my paper drawer.

If you’d like to go to the Isetatsu chiyogami store the next time you’re in Tokyo, here’s a map. And for other great things to do in that neighborhood, visit the Yanaka page on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly e-magazine Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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6 thoughts on “Wrapping Paper That’s Too Nice For Any Present

    1. The store near the Nezu Shrine doesn’t sell online, but if you really really want one of their designs, you can get White Rabbit Express to buy it for you and ship it. http://whiterabbitexpress.com

      If you’re wanting to browse and buy chiyogami paper outside Japan, this website has a pretty incredible selection of patterned chiyogami: http://www.japanesepaperplace.com/wholesale/catalogue.htm

      It’s really hard to find the kind with whole scenes on it outside Japan, though. Maybe I should buy some and give them away during my next book promotion!

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