About

Welcome to Blue and White in Azabu Juban.

Blue & White is an original and quirky shop in Tokyo presenting the best of blue and white handmade crafts to Azabu Juban and the world for 35 years. Indigo and sashiko, yukata and tenugui are carefully chosen to highlight the beautiy of the blue and white traditon of Japan.

Open every day, 11 am to 6 pm (but we all need New Year’s holidays!)

2-9-2 Azabu Jūban, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN         Tel 03 3451 0537  shop@blueandwhitejapan.com

33 Responses to About

  1. Blorgie1 says:

    Dear Amy,
    I loved your post on the blue and white calendar and wondered if is possible to buy one by mail order as I am in Australia.

  2. Wilma says:

    Me too. Brilliant blog , marvellous shop. Very inspiring.

    • Hi Wilma
      As the song goes, “you give me strength . . . to carry on !
      So glad you like us.
      It is exciting to be reaching out in this new way and your response makes it that much more worthwhile.
      New one coming soon, this time about beautiful dyeing.
      thanks for writing.
      blue & white amy

  3. Jo Sochi says:

    GREAT SITE! Just like your shop!

    • Wow ! How did your nice comment miss our attention?
      We LOVE that kind of remark.
      Sorry I have been slow to blog recently.
      I will get back in the blue and white groove again.
      Thanks for writing.

      blue and white amy

  4. Janie long says:

    I found your Blue and White by accident –so very interesting –I love everything Janie

    • Some accidents are providential
      Stay tuned.
      There is so much in Blue & White, so much in Japan that I want to share.
      Thank you for writing.
      new post coming

      blue and white amy

  5. Adrienne says:

    I have just come across a copy of Blue & White’s little catalogue booklet which I kept from 1987 when we used to live nearby. Like your 2012 Calendar, it comes with a splash of red, bound with red string: that makes a 25 year cycle! Wondering if B&W was still in Azabu Juban I googled you and here you are! Delighted my favourite place is still as interesting as ever. One of these days I will get back to Japan and be sure to revisit.

  6. Hi there – I live in Osaka. I’ve heard about your amazing shop. I’m wondering if you have an online shop? I’d like to get some funky fabric to recover my dining room chairs. Obviously something that won’t run. ; ) Cheers, Helen Hayashi

    • Dear Helen
      Good to hear from what sounds like another long stayer in Japan. Am I right?
      Funky ? hmmmmm !
      Do you do indigo?
      Once it is set it won’t run. Color just gets deeper.
      How about kasuri or machine made sashiko?
      You want the material to be pretty strong and dark helps on dining room chairs, I find.
      I hope we can help.
      Unfortunately we do not have an online shop.
      Why not just come us and see us?
      best to you
      blueandwhiteamy

      • Hi Amy – yes, another “long termer” here. I do adore indigo, and that’s why I thought of your shop. I will actually be in Tokyo on Monday, August 6th, 2012. I will try to visit you in the afternoon.

      • Oops Helen

        I am only just seeing your email now, and I am afraid I wasnt in the shop on August 6, but someone was.
        Sorry I missed you.
        But if you are a long termer, maybe we can count on your coming in again in the near future.
        Hoping so

        blueandwhiteamy

  7. Sarah says:

    Hi

    Do you have an email address we can contact the shop on as I would like to preorder some items?

    Many thanks

  8. Karmen says:

    Love the concept; cannot wait to visit in person!

  9. Kate barklamb says:

    Hi Amy,
    I’ve just stumbled upon your blog.
    I’m not sure if you remember me, but I lived in minami azabu way back in 1998-2001. Our first son, jasper was born there, and as a babe in arms, I used to bring him in for my Monday quilting classes.
    We came to Tokyo March last year (a few days before the earthquake) and I popped into the shop, but you were at a wedding!
    I’ll def’ly be checking your blog …
    Kate x

    • Hi Kate
      Wonderful to hear of your fortuitous stumble.
      Of course I remember you – and Jasper coming to quilting classes.
      Sorry I missed you in March, but come back soon and I’ll be sure to be waiting.
      Where are you now?
      best to you amy

  10. Kate barklamb says:

    I’m thrilled you remember us!!
    We are now in Singapore, but had quite a few moves between Japan and here!! HK x2, America, Melb (for SARS) and Sydney!!
    We are thinking about skiing in Nagano again in jan. if so, I’ll def’ly pop in!
    Hope all is well!
    Kx

  11. judy keathley says:

    hello—i am interested in buying some of your gorgeous calendars. i have emailed a couple of times but have not heard from anyone. help !!!!
    thank you !!!

  12. The Blue & White Calendars are fantastic. We have one in our kitchen, always. It’s an essential ingredient in our family life. Thank you Blue & White Staff for producing them! xxx

  13. Amy,
    I have taken several sashiko lessons and love the sensei. Is there any way she might want to teach some of her other quilting/ needlepoint skills. She showed some examples today and they were simply beautiful!
    Thanks,
    Alici

  14. Hanna Packer says:

    I loved meeting you, fabulous shop with very interesting fabrics, i wish i bought the tablecloth…

  15. Beatrice says:

    Dear Amy,
    this is Beatrice from the Netherlands. We met today and it was so nice to talk to you. You have a beautiful shop full of wonderful things, it’s a pleaseure for the eyes (and for the soul)…
    If you ever go to the Netherlands, I’ll be happy to show you the beautiful city of Amsterdam and I am sure that you will enjoy the “Delfs blauw”.
    Kind regards,
    Beatrice

    • What a blast of energy you and beautiful little Maxima brought to Blue & White !
      Great to hear your stories of getting Sashiko started in Amsterdam
      and your magic house in the garden – some day I will come to see it.
      Happiness always with that beautiful family and those beautiful dreams of yours.
      with admiration
      Blue & White amy

  16. Swati says:

    What a magical store with such warmth and friendly service. Loved all the items especially the calendars, cards and tableware. Would love to find your things online in future !

  17. Mari says:

    Amy, you don’t know me, but I loved your shop when I lived in Tokyo in the mid-’80s (’85-’87). I loved it so much that my Japanese cousin bought some items there for my Berkeley wedding in 2003: a set of blue-and-white cloth coasters; two blue votive candles with white designs (one of a dragonfly); four white porcelain, cherry blossom-shaped “hashioki with blue accents; and five delicate porcelain spoons—maybe for chawanmushi?—each with a different blue-and-white design on the handle (I love those spoons, although one has since broken, alas). I hope to visit your shop again in person one day and am happy to learn you are still in business after all these years! When I was lonely in Tokyo, it was a comfort to browse your lovely wares. Thank you for sharing the beauty and tranquility of aizome with the world.

    • Mari
      Your encouragement is empowering even after all these years.
      40 in December, unbelievably!
      Do come back and we will present you with a new spoon.
      The tranquility is still here.
      Thank you for writing.
      blue & white amy

  18. Mari says:

    You are very kind — thank you, and a very happy anniversary to you and Blue and White! —Mari

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