Majimaya confectionery tool shop by KAMITOPEN

Make life sweeter

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合羽桥工具街的历史始于大正元年(公元前1912年)。在当时,新堀河上的卡帕桥附近就已经开始有工具店和古玩铺了。位于上野站和浅草站中间、长800米的拱廊商业街上容纳了170家专营餐具、厨房设备、厨房用具、糖果工具、食品原料和包装用品的专卖店。1946年,现任店主的祖父Saburo Yoshida创立了马嵨屋菓子道具店。店铺名是从神田万世桥的Kisaburo Majima道具商店(日本最古老的菓子道具商店)正式继承而来。

The history of Kappabashi Tool Street began in the first year of the Taisho era (1912 C.E.) with several tool shops and antiquarian dealers set up at around Kappabashi Bridge over the Shinhori River. Located in the middle of Ueno and Asakusa stations, about 170 specialty shops dealing with tableware, kitchen equipment, kitchen utensils, confectionery tools, food raw materials and packaging supplies are on the 800 meters arcade.  

In 1946 , Majimaya confectionery tool shop was founded by the current president’s grandfather, Saburo Yoshida. He was succeeded that shop name in officially from Kisaburo Majima tool shop (the oldest confectionery tool shop in Japan) in Kanda Manseibashi.

▼商铺外观,project appearance © Keisuke miyamoto

▼店铺概览,overview © Keisuke miyamoto


▼店铺招牌,shop signs © Keisuke miyamoto

At present, the shop located just around the corner of Asakusa Honganji Temple, about a 3-minute walk from Kappabashi Tool Street from Asakusa Street. They handle tools from all over the world as a specialty shop for confection. 

Also, Hitoshi Ohgawara who is the craft man of wooden mold, he had made wooden mold about over sixty years at Majimaya. His molds were popular all over Japan and made the happiness of making sweets for many people. Those molds is making people’s happiness. So I designed by concept that “Molds of happiness”.

▼店铺入口,entrance of the shop © Keisuke miyamoto

▼店铺内部,inside the shop © Keisuke miyamoto

▼模具陈列区,molds display area© Keisuke miyamoto


▼疏散楼梯和防护栏,evacuate staircases and barriersw © Keisuke miyamoto

tin boxes with numbers are set around the stairs © Keisuke miyamoto

There are 3000 different types molds that I must show. A layout was required that allowed the customer to see all of them smoothly and that placed no stress on the staff. In addition, there is a problem that it is an arcade area, and the space basement and the second floor is not effective space for shop. 

I needed to solve the problem in a limited space. So I suggested setting up that evacuation stairs and protective fences with display of 3000 molds in the center of the building. In addition, I arranged 3000 tin boxes around there. By linking the display with the number printed on the box, it was made so that the customer could select it themselves and take out the required number from the stock. In addition, during the planning of the building, all floors were connected by split-level floors, and while choosing molds, customers were guided to move up and down subconsciously. This solved the unique problem of arcade area.

▼防护栏和楼梯细部,guardrail and stairs details © Keisuke miyamoto


I have chosen Coal-ten steel for the exterior material. This material increases the strength as it ages. It is a material suitable for “Majimaya” that be going to start even now to over 100 years. I hope that from here, smiles will spread throughout Japan through the making of sweets.

▼其他细节,other details © Keisuke miyamoto

▼一层平面图,1f plan © KAMITOPEN

▼立面&剖面,elevation and section © KAMITOPEN

Project location:2-5-4, asakusa.taito-ku.Tokyo, Japan
Site Area:69.38㎡
Built Area:52.49㎡
Total Floor area:198.71㎡
Project architect:KAMITOPEN Architecture-Design Office Co., Ltd.
Photo credits:Keisuke miyamoto  



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