A couple of months ago I found out about a Star Wars shop in Koenji which is a station lying nine minutes west of Shinjuku. Despite living in Tokyo for many, many years I didn’t know about this place and in fact found out about it when Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac mentioned it on the Star Wars podcast ‘The ForceCast‘. (*)
When I went first went there it was closed but as I finished work very early on a Saturday last month I thought I’d try again and I wasn’t disappointed. Located on the second floor at the end of a shopping street ‘Star Case’ (below) is not much to look at from the outside with just a window displaying old and slightly yellowing full-size cardboard characters.
It’s a small shop inside but is absolutely packed with Star Wars related stuff with the majority of it being figures which isn’t something I want to get into. More of interest were the weirder items which have come out over the years such as a BMX, a video-game machine, curtains, posters, vintage soap, badges, cards, stickers, Pepsi-related products and so many more things which have carried the Star Wars logo over the last 33 years. Needless to say, I bought a load more stuff to add to my growing collection. I’ve heard photo’s are not really allowed in the shop but managed to take a few cheeky ones.
How to get there:
Take the Sobu Line to Koenji station. Leave by the North Exit. Across the road in the top left corner is a 7-11 (below) and a shopping street. Head for this and walk down the shopping street all the way to the end. Turn left and at the end of that lane you will see ‘Star Case’ on the second floor. It is open from 1-7pm everyday except Tuesday’s.
Address: Amanaya Buiding, 3-25-25 2F Kita-Koenji, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0002
(*) They have been hosts of Rebel Force Radio since 2013