One of the things that I wanted to do in Tokyo was to visit local design galleries to admire gorgeous wares designed & made by Japanese artists. Two that came highly recommended were Claska in Meguro & Spiral (Part 2 to follow) in Minato, near the Omotosendo station.
We really had to squeeze & scrap some plans to make this additional itinerary that I sprung on Keith worked. (I have told him vaguely that I needed some time for my usual rounds, but he had allocated less for me.. Whoopsie! :)
The deviation from Keith's plan was worthwhile. Located on the 2nd floor of Claska, the DO shop & gallery IS a great place that showcase Japanese design wares. I LOVE everything from the leaning hanger to the square mobile hanging off the ceiling to those adorable paper mache dogs. I wished there were some ways I could sneak that leaning hanger on board the plane.
|Love the postcards & those daruma doll prints|
I love visiting galleries. Even better when it's filled with gorgeous Kutani ware (Japanese porcelain). When we were there, the temporary exhibition space adjoining the DO shop was showcasing Kutani ware by Choemon. Themed 'Sakigake - the forerunner of Spring', the wares were so delicately put together that it was delicious to look at.
Even Keith who had to be dragged there was quite impressed with the gallery. :) Mission accomplished!