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Kaleidoscope Mukashi-Kan 万華鏡専門店カレイドスコープ 昔館

Updated: Mar 20

The Beginning of Kaleidoscope Mukashi-Kan

Kaleidoscope Mukashi-Kan is a rare gem in Japan, specializing in unique and mesmerizing kaleidoscopes. In 1994, the founder decided to open a specialty kaleidoscope shop in Azabujuban after being inspired by a late-night program featuring a kaleidoscope store in New York. Initially knowing nothing about kaleidoscopes, the founder traveled to Los Angeles, California to meet Cozy Baker, a famous visionary that sparked the kaleidoscope craze in the U.S. After learning all about kaleidoscopes, the founder opened the store, starting with a selection of about 50 pieces, now growing to a staggering 600 varieties.

Ever-Changing Patterns of Beauty

The magic of kaleidoscopes lies in the ever-changing patterns created by the movement of oil and the play of light within them. Gazing at them offers an infinite source of beauty. What makes them even more enchanting is that the way you perceive the patterns can change based on your mood and condition on a given day. The same artwork can appear different one day to the next, lending to a sense of magic and wonder.

A Gathering Place for Sailor Moon Fans Worldwide

Azabu-Juban is known as the backdrop of the popular anime 'Sailor Moon,' with many locations featured in the series. The store serves as the model for the kaleidoscope store shown in 'Sailor Moon,' attracting fans from around the world.

Japanese Craftsmanship at Its Finest

Initially, most kaleidoscope artisans were Americans, with very few Japanese craftsmen. However, today, the majority of the artisans are Japanese. American-made kaleidoscopes often feature unique color palettes and shapes, offering delightful visual experiences. On the other hand, Japanese-made kaleidoscopes exhibit a delicate balance and a sense of wabi-sabi (perfect imperfection). Many of their pieces are one-of-a-kind handmade creations, so come explore and find a kaleidoscope that resonates with you!

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Kaleidoscope Mukashi-Kan


Mon - Sat 12:00 ~ 19:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)

Sunday & Holidays 12:00 ~ 18:00


106-0045 Tokyo, Minato City, Azabujuban, 2 Chome−13−8, COCO House 1F

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