Big in Japan, Big in San Fran

Lauren Murrow | October 17, 2012 | Style & Beauty Story Style

From kitchen tools to wildly patterned scarves, San Francisco is deep in the throes of an unbridled design-crush on Japan. Following the recent openings of discerning importers Umami Mart, Kappa Zakka, and Turtle & Hare, this month Tokyo housewares chain Muji— the holy grail of functional design, not to mention last-minute gifts—unveils its largest U.S. store yet in SoMa (540 9TH ST., NEAR BRYANT ST.). Here, a trove of Japanese swag to satisfy our city’s collective Far East fixation.


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