Tokyo Life - April 2nd, 2010

by Kevin Jungnitsch

In Yokohama lies a shopping district that’s a far cry from the overcrowded neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Situated at the port opening of Yokohama, Motomachi’s selection of boutiques, cafes and restaurants, along with its beautiful surroundings, easily translates into a day outing. Set foot on the tile-patterned street, and right away you will know this is not your everyday retail center. Instead you find yourself in something reminiscent of a 1950s movie. Here you can find everything from the ever-present high street fashion brands to smaller, local boutiques, and it’s all just a short train ride away from Shibuya.

TBC Diner

4-161 Motomachi, Naka-ku,
Tel: 045-671-0344

Shyly hiding in the back street of Motomachi is TBC Diner. The restaurant’s resemblance to a retro American diner could make you swear you were standing on the Hollywood set of a classic movie. TBC Diner not only successfully replicates the look of a 1950s diner, but also delivers in terms of food. Dishes available range from all-American style burgers and steak platters to Mexican tacos and quesadillas. If you fancy some pasta, there is a good selection as well. Prices are very decent, with a burger platter going for ¥800. It’s also a pleasant change from
your typical franchise food outlets.

Hiroki Fur and

2-89 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Yokokama
Tel: 045-681-4741

One of Motomachi’s more renowned stores, Hiroki Fur and Leather offers just about any fashion item made with what the store’s name suggests. The store is impossible to miss, with a red 1950s MG old-timer car in immaculate condition standing at its entrance, attracting curious passersby to come in and have a look. Opened in 1974, Hiroki specializes in fur and leather clothing, wallets, shoes and bags, and everything is designed and produced directly by
the firm. There is also a custom tailoring service
available,perfect for those with unique tastes
or sizes not available off the rack.

Captain’s Brands

1-20-2 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Tel: 045-663-2508

A quick glimpse at the Captain’s Brands exterior and you would think that the store had been transplanted from a coastal port town in the US. The label is actually Japanese, and specializes in ‘American inspired goods.’ The shop’s line of American vintage-inspired clothing that has become ever so popular here, is by no means dull and imitative of other big household names. A lot of the clothes sport the face of the brand’s mascot, ‘Captain Santa,’ a jolly looking Santa Claus-like character. If comfy, casual clothing is your thing, Captain’s Brands is a worthy choice.


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