Photo/IllutrationBunko-ya Oozeki’s “bunko” leather items (Yuriko Suzuki)

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Editor’s note: This series showcases cool and special souvenirs made in Japan’s capital of Tokyo, formerly known as Edo.

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Bunko-ya Oozeki is a leather goods shop specializing in “bunko” leather and situated in the famous old "shitamachi" downtown district of Asakusa.

The traditional leather processing technique involves embossing and manually coloring white-tanned leather before applying lacquer and other materials to create an aging effect in a process called “sabi-ire.”

The shop’s products have won the hearts of fans of all ages with a harmonious blend of candy-colored cuteness and the soothing vibe reflected by the sabi-ire process.

Oozeki offers 20 to 30 products such as wallets and accessory cases, with 80 to 90 patterns available for each item. While the shop creates new patterns every year, some designs have been used ever since it opened in 1927.

Address: 2-2-6 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.

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