Support Fukushima – Buy Fukushima Products in Tokyo

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    Want to support the people of Fukushima prefecture, but don’t have to time to travel up to Tohoku? Don’t worry – if you come to Tokyo, you can shop at one of Fukushima’s two special “antenna” shops.

    Yesterday, I went to the Fukushima shop that is a mere 3-minute walk from the Yaesu exit of JR Tokyo Station.

    The shop is a bit small, but it is selling plenty of great products. It has a wide variety of food, some of it refrigerated, and some in omiyage-style snack boxes. They also sell sake and fruit juice produced in the prefecture. Some products celebrate famous Fukushima people, such as scientist Hideyo Noguchi. And there are some cool traditional crafts.

    They also sell beautiful Obori Somayaki cups, mugs, and plates:

    These were produced by an artist who was based in Namie, a town that had to be evacuated after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. The cups and plates are beautifully crafted, with cool double-layer designs and painted images of horses. Most are sold for between 1,800 and 3,000 yen a piece. It’s a pretty reasonable price for such a fine piece of art.

    The store also sells stuffed versions of Kibitan, Fukushima’s cute mascot bird. About the size of a small teddy bear, these sell for 2,100 yen each.

    If you are looking for some last minute Christmas gifts, it would be a good idea to check out this shop. You can buy some neat Japanese crafts and food items while supporting the recovery of a prefecture that suffered greatly because of the damage brought by the 3/11 disaster (and the subsequent international fear campaign by anti-nuclear activists).

    [Note: There is another Fukushima antenna shop in Tokyo. It’s one the first floor of the Ito Yokkado shopping mall near Kasai station.]

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