ive heard there is also a great (kawaii) stationary section, is this true? :3
Very useful stuff.
been to the one at Ikebukuro love it! ^o^!
Looks great. Like an Ace Hardware.
Yes "Tokyu Hands"is the mecca of all DIY......i absolutely love that store...
Truly amazing store.. I spent alot of money and time in the Ikebukuro store.
oooh~ now that is what i call a man's store^^
Dang... I wish there was a shop like that then I wouldn't have to make all the things myself....
we also have some DIY shops here but not as wide ranged as Tokyu Hands.
i've never imagined that kind of shop exists where you can buy almost anything ^^
it's japan's Wal-Mart lolz XD
Oh yeah. Tokyu Hands is the shit when it comes to just about anything DIY and then some.
Love to snoop around there, getting ideas for casemods and things around the house.
We have an ample supply of DIY-shops, but those are clearly focused on DIY stuff; building materials, lighting, paint, furniture and so on, but TH has more diversity. Our DIY-shops don't carry electronic parts; just the end product.
in SG you can find similar stores, much smaller in size, Sim Lim Square has got a few...
yea i visited tokyu hands when i was in japan from 23 - 30 nov. was at the takashimaaya at the JR station and one level had tokyu hands and i visited it :D
But danny you openned a shop? I spoted this when i was around the asukusa kanon temple
There's just so much to see in Hands. I frequent it and Kinokuniya quite often when I am in Shinjuku.
Wow, this is definitely more handier than he OSH down the street. It sure beats having to buy off the net too... Bummer.
I was lucky enough to pop into a Tokyo Hands once when I was in Tokyo and I picked up some zip tones and full background scenes to use for manga making!
Nothing like that here and as someone already mentioned below, all we have is a hardware supplies warehouse chain called Bunnings that mainly aimed at backyard handymen stuff rather than hobbyist in us all.
We have some around here but they're pretty average. Still missing a few stuff that I'm looking for but I don't do a lot of DIY stuff.
i love tokyo hands! you can buy everything under the sun. its much more clean then the cluttered don quixote.
In Malaysia, these sort of shops/stores are usually referred to hardware shops/stores. There are small ones like only a shoplot big (but sometimes these small shops stocks up stuff that the bigger ones don't have), usually owned by an old guy and his family members. there should be at least one in a given residential area. then there's the bigger store type. ever heard of ACE Hardware anyone?
I have some DIY stores in my city, both big and small stores. Besides that, there are even bigger DIY stores in a nearby city. I myself am not really a DIY guy, so these stores hardly see me. ^^"
If I walk into a Tokyu Hands, before I know it it's dark outside and my wallet is empty...
We have home depot and city mill here that have a ton of diy items, though you can always ask them to do the work for you for a fee.
Odd you should mention Halibut. Since they are like Kryptonite to Ninjas. Little known fact there. Share it, spread it around.... its okay, you can have it. Its yours. I dont even want credit.
I guess riding a black motorcycle, with black leathers and a black helmet do make me look ninja-ish. Especially because I always have a katana strapped to my bike. GROWL!
DRAGUN = Modern ninja (using ball bearing isntead of caltrops) with a Halibut on his banner. ;)
man I wanna go back to japan again! I love Tokyu hands! :P
When I was staying at Ikebukuro, the tokyo hands had a pet shop type thingie near the top! And there's also a Nekobukuro where U pay to play with cats :P
Danny, the ball bearings are also good for throwing behind you when you are on a motorcycle and making holes in peoples radiators if they are driving waaaaay too close to you. Not a nice thing to do, but neither is letting them run me over. *insert evil laugh here*
Home Depot, and Lowe's. Maybe you have heard of them? We also have Ace Hardware, and a bunch of mom and pop stores. Since I fix stuff around the house a lot, and do my own electrical and plumbing work, this helps a lot. I think there are 734 DIY shops around my house in a one mile (1.60934 Kilometers) radius around my house. Hmm.. I might be exaggerating a little.
Yes there are quite a few in Dutch Country (Pennsylvania). I have a kuzans right off the campus that I can get everything DIY for. They sell all sorts of stuff- wire, wood, crafts, etc. I get my stains for my wood bases from them (cheaper). They are quite convinient and I don't have to be in a crowded Wal*Mart. Power to Mom and Pop stores!!!
Now that really looks like a one stop shop. Sadly there's none of that resort where Iam. I usually have to go to several store to get all that i need. Sometimes not even getting all of it.
I don't recall there being a store entirely themed with the "DIY" moto in mind here. Either way, I still get my hands on cool stuff like this just going to a couple places around me :). Though it'd probably be much more convenient to have it all in one place just like the store featured in this post :p!
OH my god. That place is like heaven for me. Too bad I can't go there =(
Ah shucks, we dun have a one stop shop for all these stuffs in singapore
Yes, Tokyu Hands is a goldmine. However I spent a long time in there looking for sticky parcel tape last time, (seems there are 748 different kinds of sticky tape in Tokyo), then found you can get the same stuff from 100 yen stores for less...I like the woodworking department where you can have wood cut and shaped to order. They used to have a model department but it closed some time ago.
Got, but the one i see not very big.
Tokyo Hands... I could spend hours just going around and around and around it. So much stuff to see, buy and want. I've been to some branches out of Tokyo, too. It's where you go for anything.
Anyone in KL knows any shop like that here?
There are some DIY shops i know, but much much smaller than that
I spent hours in the Shinjuku branch. I bought some lovely wacky birthday cards in there that I've not seen in the UK, although I regret not buying the Yamanote Line alarm clock.
The real reason for Tokyu Hands
(Pardon the shoddy phone camera quality ^^;)
Sorry my bad that should have been Shibuya! :X sorry!
I was in Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku, when I was in Tokyo at the end of march for two weeks this year. I was surprised how much stuff they sold!
Yeah... Tokyu Hands. Where half the money I took to Japan stayed. :P
Yes, it has tons and tons of stuff for hobbysts, but it's not only that.
At least Tokyu Hands in Tokyo... I think there are 3 different stores, and I've been in all 3. Shibuya, Ikebukuro and another one.
Anyways, what really caught my attention was the toys/weird stuff session. Being a tourist and all, I wasn't interested in home supply, bags and other stuff... though they had all of it. Books, kitchenware, electronics, gardening supplies, etc etc etc
But I wish so much I had one of those near my place... we don't even have a decent hardware store around here. Nothing to help on DIY tasks.
I LOVE Tokyu Hands! We have one in Nagoya and I go there often, just to mill about and see what's there. There's so much!!
I need to go different shops to get different things but Tokyu Hands sure is convienient...
Tokyu Hands isn't really comparable to Home Depot or Lowes in the US. Yes, they are both DIY type stores but Home Depot and Lowes focus exclusively on home improvement. Tokyu Hands is more like a massive hobby store. A few of the floors focus on home improvement but the other floors focus on other hobbies. In the US we have many other hobby stores to take care of those things.
I guess the biggest difference can be made by the observation that you can walk into a Home Depot and buy EVERYTHING you need to actually build a house with your own hands (you can actually order houses at Lowes) Tokyu hands does not have that. They might have enough to do the trim work.
All that said, Tokyu hands is still one of my MUST VISIT places when I'm in Japan.
In the U.K we have B&Q for DIY stuff..... the big stores are full of everything you could possiblt want for any job around the home.
Still doesn't look as big as one of those stores
Yep we've got Home Depot and Rona over here in Canada for most of that stuff.
looks like the Japanese equivalent of Home Depot to me, DIY stuff rocks
A shop in japan which has everything I would need for making any model kit (save for paints). Man I wish i had a place like that instead of having to to to 3 different shops for stuff...
That's really convenient.
All I need is rope, an excellent DIY tool I say
We used to have this place called Axeman, and they would sell all this kind of stuff, but I don't think they extist anymore. They also sold stuff for popular hobbies, like paints, models (no gundams though), doll stuff.