This store is tucked away in a little nook in Ginza in Tokyo. I circled it 3 times before almost giving up then I caught sight of a little sign and finally honed in on its location. Gekkoso, a historical art store, is established in 1917 in Ginza, Japan. This quaint art store is more than a hundred year old and they make some of the most iconic art supplies and stationery items. It was one of the original store in Japan to bring wester art supplies into Japan. Their logo is a cute French horn, as a symbol to gather friends in one place.
Once you get in, it is a small but magical place. I am just an amateur artist but the stuff here sure makes you wish that you are a professional artist. The paper, the colours, the sketch books everything is delightful.
The Gekkoso shop has all the watercolor you can imagine. The handmade brush is also worth to invest on. The price isn’t that expensive compared to other designers’ brushes. Of course, I got myself some of the Gekkoso brushes and acrylic paints as memento for the trip.
I picked up a watercolour brush pen and a mixing palette. There’s something special about handmade tools, I like the idea of someone taking the time to hammer out a sheet of stainless steel into a paint palette, it feels more authentic than something slammed together by a machine and mass sold.
Gekkoso is my favourite art supply shop in Ginza Tokyo. Dearest little shop it is! If you are in Tokyo, find this store and pay a visit, it’s well worth the search. 月光庄没有富丽的包装，只是淳厚又沉稳的贩售着种种实用的画材，能在浩繁连锁画材店的竞争下仍迄立不摇，还能得到很多人的拥戴，简直实至名归。