Ito-ya is a really wonderful stationery and paper goods store. I think the largest branch is in Ginza. If you love paper or art supplies, then this is the store for you.
I really like this artist, Miyuki Sugihara. She paints amazing watercolours. I have a couple of her other books also.
Her books teach how to paint with watercolour pencils. If only it were that easy.
I love the way she illustrates everyday objects so beautifully.
My favourite part of Ito-ya has to be the washi department. Washi is the paper equivalent of chirimen. I love the intricate designs and the crinkled texture.
I hope to make some 3d Japanese paper dolls with these. My problem is, I hate to cut it up. I'm happy enough just looking at it. Some designs are so beautiful, they could simply be framed and hung on the wall as a piece of art in it's own right.
Ito-ya is also a good place to purchase gifts to take back home, or stock up on some gorgeous birthday cards. They do offer sales tax refunds, so remember to bring your passport along. There is a small branch in the Tokyu Department store at the Shibuya crossing area.