- Tokyu Hands
"Note: Tokyu Department Store is a different department store run by the same company
Tokyu Hands Inc., known as nihongo|Tokyu Hands|東急ハンズ, is a
Japanese department store. Tokyu Hands is part of the Tokyu Group, its first store opened in Shibuya, Tokyoin 1976. [History from [http://www.tokyu-land.co.jp/english/company/history/index.html Tokyu-land.com] ] Tokyu Hands got its start as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) store, hence the logo with 2 hands, and the emphasis on crafts and materials for projects.
In 2003, an overseas branch of Tokyu Hands, named Hands Tailung (台隆手創館) opened in
Taipei, Taiwanat Breeze Center. As of 2008, Hands Tailung operates 5 stores in Taiwan.
Tokyu Hands focuses on hobby, home improvement and lifestyle products. At the Shibuya flagship store, products include
toys, games, novelty items, gift cards, gift wrap, costumes, bicycles, travelproducts (such as luggageand campinggear), hobbymaterials, hardware, tools, do-it-yourself kits, petsupplies, officesupplies and stationery; Japanese calligraphy, painting, drawingsupplies, furniture, lighting, home appliances, and storage solutions. Tokyu Hands' appeal lies in its wide variety of goods on offer, combined with the uniqueness of goods available. You can find many goods here that are only available in Japan.
Also of note is the Ikebukuro location, which contains
Nekobukuro, or "Cat's House". Some 20 cats roam free in this area, though admission is not free.
Most branches offer free workshops (in Japanese) and have demonstrations running on various floors during busy periods (weekends and holidays). There is a delivery service available for purchases that cannot be taken home on the day.
Ginza (Marronnier Gate)
** LaLaPort Toyosu
** Omiya, Saitama
** Nagoya - Central Park Annex (Operated by Sanko Creative Life)
** Nagoya - JR Central Towers (Operated by Sanko Creative Life)
** Esaka, Suita
Taipei, Taiwan(Operated under Hands Tailung)
** Breeze Center (6F)
** Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A4 Branch (5F)
** Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanjing W. Rd. Branch (9F)
** Pacific Sogo Zhongxiao Branch (10F) (Hands Selection)
** Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Taichung Branch (8F)
*ja icon [http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/ Tokyu Hands Website]
* [http://www.tokyu-land.co.jp/english/enterprise/structure/city/ Tokyu Land Corporation]
*zh icon [http://www.hands.com.tw/ Hands Tailung Website]
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