Japan is a mecca for all things beautiful and minimal with creative details and unique shapes. It is easy to vow to redo your entire home and wardrobe while browsing and shopping in this country.
On our recent trip to Japan, we spent most of the time on Naoshima and Teshima Islands and then in Kyoto. The night before departing for Teshima, we stayed in Takamatsu and fell upon the store, Urban Research Doors. Don't let their website (or, lack thereof) fool you; the store itself is full of reasonably priced clothing and home goods. I picked up a linen skirt (made in Japan), that has a unique wrap and front folds. It was a sale item and I didn't see it on their website, but this one is a great alternative.
I tend to love photo books and independent magazines, but rarely find myself drawn to an actual museum book; however the Teshima Art Museum Handbook, captivated me with photography by Naoya Hatakeyama, Noboru Morikawa and Iwan Baan. This book is so soothing that I've looked through it every night before going to bed. Speaking of independent magazines, I found Union Magazine, a gorgeous Japanese hardcover magazine (in English), in the Tsutaya Bookstore, which is worth a visit.
For home goods, it is always exciting to visit Muji in Japan, as they always have a more interesting selection. We were in desperate need of new placemats and dishtowels and also picked up two pillow cases (similar), because why not!? See the bottom of this post for other stores to visit.
Japan Shopping Guide:
Angers: Clothing, home goods, coffee/tea, office supplies and other cute knickknacks
Aesop: Selling the normal Aesop products but, it's still nice to check out its beautiful design
Urban Research Doors: Clothing and home goods
Sanjo Dori: Wander the back streets of Sanjo Dori (near the Aesop) and browse all of the curated boutiques
Muji Kyoto BAL: A multi-floor Muji with home goods, clothing and cafe
Tsutaya Books: Books, magazines and some home goods
Machi No Schule 963: This place is a great find. They don't really have a website and there aren't many pictures of this shop on the internet (photographing is prohibited), but it is a beautifully curated space of home goods, clothing, a cafe and market.
Additional outfit credits:
Silk tank: Everlane
Necklace: Still House