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Tokyu Hands Shinsaibashi store in Chuo-ku, Osaka
Tokyu Hands in Breeze Centre, Taipei

Tokyu Hands Inc., known as Tokyu Hands (東急ハンズ, Tōkyū Hanzu), is a Japanese department store. Tokyu Hands is part of the Tokyu Department Store (itself a member of the Tokyu Group), its first store opened in Shibuya, Tokyo in 1976.[1] Tokyu Hands got its start as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) store, hence the logo with two hands, and the emphasis on crafts and materials for projects.

Tokyu Hands focuses on hobby, home improvement and lifestyle products. At the Shibuya flagship store, products include toys, games, novelty items, gift cards, gift wrap, costumes, bicycles, travel products (such as luggage and camping gear), hobby materials, household hardware, tools, do-it-yourself kits, pet supplies, office supplies and stationery; calligraphy, painting, drawing supplies, furniture, lighting, home appliances, and storage solutions.

Also of note is the Ikebukuro location, which contains a cat café called Nekobukuro, or "Cat's House". Some 20 cats roam free in this area, though admission is not free.

Most branches offer free workshops (in Japanese) and have demonstrations running on various floors during busy periods (weekends and holidays). There is a delivery service available for purchases that cannot be taken home on the day.

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StoresEdit

JapanEdit

Tokyu Hands operates 49 stores in Japan[2], including in:

SingaporeEdit

TaiwanEdit

In 2000, an overseas branch of Tokyu Hands, named Hands Tailung (台隆手創館) opened in Taipei, Taiwan, in the Ximending area; as of 2017, Hands Tailung operates 15 stores in Taiwan.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ History from Tokyu-land.com Archived 2006-10-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Tokyu Hands shop list". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "HANDS 台隆手創館". hands.com.tw (in Chinese). Retrieved 18 July 2017.

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