It took me a while to get around to visiting Kiwa, the bead and DIY jewelry chain. It seemed like an overwhelming place for someone (ahem, me) who doesn’t wear much jewelry, let alone make it. My mother LOVES bling and makes her own bracelets, so I’m not sure how I missed out on that gene. It must skip a generation.
Kiwa, as it turns out, is great. (And so is this buck, the shop mascot.)
One of my favorite things about craft shops in Japan is that they not only stock supplies, but also kits and displays with lots of ideas for things to make yourself. Kiwa is no exception. Some locations even have workshops and cafes in case your crafting fingers can’t wait until they get home.
There was really something for everyone, even a jewelry dunce like me. Loose beads, kits, hardware, hair accessories, fancy gems and plastic headbands galore. Photos aren’t generally encouraged in craft shops, but…
… sneaky sneaky cell phone camera …
Personally, I was a fan of the blingy DIY iphone cases:
Maybe I am my mother’s daughter.
La Forêt Bldg 3F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Tel. 03-3475-0411