The JapanCulture•NYC 2022 Holiday Gift Guide (Part II)

For our second JapanCulture•NYC 2022 Holiday Gift Guide, we revisit the concept of last year’s guides of one-stop-shopping at a holiday market and the perfect day of shopping. This gift guide will take you back to Japan Village in Industry City from our 2021 guide, but with new and exciting places to shop. We’ll explore The Loft, the second floor of Japan Village, which opened in March of this year, and all it has to offer.

The Loft on the second floor of Japan Village in Brooklyn. Photo: @theloftjv on Instagram.
The Loft on the second floor of Japan Village in Brooklyn. Photo: @theloftjv on Instagram.

The Loft at Japan Village

934 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232
2nd floor, above Japan Village

Monday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. (Check with each individual vendors for most updated hours)

Japanese Handcraft Holiday Market

On December 10 the Japanese Handcraft Show will be hosting a holiday market at The Loft. The Japanese Handcraft Show supports artists who specialize in hand-made products and are looking for opportunities outside of Japan.

It is still a small pop-up event that happens in the NYC area a few times a year.  Having received positive feedback from their vendors after their first pop-up, they are so happy to continue to help the artists increase the awareness of their talents and hard work by hosting these events. The Japanese Handcraft Show also strives to introduce Japanese culture to New Yorkers, making sure they are aware that there is more to Japanese culture than sushi, anime, and ninjas!

For this show, the list of vendors selling Japanese-inspired products ranges from jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings to hats, rugs, tea, and more. For more details about the artists, please check out the list.

Participating Artists

Poifull Rugs
Senbird Tea
Riverside Wrapping Co.
satokomatsu
Fancypop
Japanklyn
Pucci Ropa Jewelry
Bead Factory Ever Green

Reminder: This event is one day only on December 10 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at The Loft at Japan Village.

Vendors participating in the Japanese Handcraft Show
Photo credit: Japanese Handcraft Show

While there, you can continue your holiday shopping at the few permanent shops located at The Loft.

Beauty at The Loft

Beauty at The Loft specializes in Japanese cosmetics, skincare, body care, and hair care products. Curated with all skin types in mind, there is something for everyone’s skin care needs. Beauty at The Loft carries a wide range of Japanese beauty brands that each have unique ingredients and origins.

Beauty at The Loft
Photo credit: https://www.theloftatjapanvillage.com/

Setomonoya

Setomonoya is a Japanese pottery shop showcasing one of Japan’s oldest crafts and art forms.  Handmade ceramics and porcelain household goods such as teapots, teacups, and bowls are available for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift that was crafted with passion and care.

Japanese ceramics and porcelain
Photo credit: https://www.theloftatjapanvillage.com/

Book-Off

BOOK-OFF is Japan’s largest chain of used bookstores. They sell manga, novels, CDs, DVDs, video games, action figures, apparel, and accessories. On Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 they are hosting a cosplay contest. Full details can be found here.

Book-Off at The Loft in Japan Village
Photo credit: @theloftjv on Instagram

Bobinage

Bobinage is a sewing studio and shop that is an exclusive Janome sewing machine dealer. Janome has been leading the industry with innovative machines that offer state-of-the-art sewing experiences. This studio not only sells the machines but has a selection of fabric and supplies as well as classes, private lessons, and open sewing.

Japanese sewing machines
Photo credit: https://www.bobinage-ny.com/

Taro’s Origami Studio

Taro’s Origami Studio sells authentic Japanese origami paper and hard-to-find origami diagram books. It also offers drop-in folding, classes, as well as private or group lessons.

Taro's Origami Studio at The Loft
Photo credit: https://www.tarosorigami.com/japan-village-store/

Daiso

Daiso is a Japanese lifestyle store known for its affordable, quality products.  They sell everything from official Sanrio, San-X, and Disney products to Japanese snacks, beauty supplies, kitchenware, stationery, toys, craft supplies, and much more. Daiso truly has something for everyone and is perfect for picking up stocking stuffers and gift-wrapping supplies. For more information on Daiso shops, please revisit our post from when the Manhattan location opened this summer here.

Daiso the best discount store ever
Photo credit: @theloftjv on Instagram

While you are at Japan Village and on the Industry City campus, be sure to check out these Japanese establishments from our 2021 gift guide. We hope you have another nice outing at Brooklyn’s best kept secret for Japanese shopping, food, drink, and culture: Japan Village!