I absolutely LOVE music boxes… and therefore I am extremely happy to have bumped into this shop when exploring the temples around Kamakura Prefecture, an hours journey just outside of Tokyo. Strangely enough, I was thinking of a music box that a friend of mine owned only a few days before and I was dying to get my hands on my own, and to my fortune ran into a shop so named “Kamakura Music Box Museum”.
The music boxes they display come in sizes as small as a keyring only a couple of centimetres in size, to very large, antique music boxes which were a few feet in comparison. And range from prices as low as ¥1,700 for a small but no less delightful music box in glass and faux gold, to unpriced antique music boxes, the price of which can be discussed with the shop staff.
I don’t know much about the mechanics of these delightful trinkets, but I do know that when slowly and curiously exploring this shop and the many different varieties of music boxes offered, I am transported by the perennial tinkling into some nostalgic land of childhood fantasy that I love and adore. The atmosphere, strange and wonderful, almost eerie and dream like, phenomenal to the senses.
I resisted the charms successfully only for about 2 minutes until I discovered their ‘Studio Ghibli’ collection which stole my attention immediately. Being a big fan of the famous Japanese animation house I decided that it would be absolutely impossible for me to leave without purchasing at least one, and I did just so. My favorite song by far was ‘Tonari no Totoro’ so I bought an adoreable revolving, figuring which played this tune.
The interior is delightful, antique and decorated with small tables with clusters of music boxes and ornaments surrounding ornate, antique style lamps… slightly reminiscent of your Grandma’s house, but in the warm ‘at home’ feeling aspect.
Kamakura Music Box Museum boasts a delicate, entrancing and beautiful collection which is well rounded for all budgets and for those of all music tastes. The sales assistants were astounding, giving the freedom to take photo’s and having delightfully polite manners as well as being very supportive when I needed help or had an enquiry.
Give them a personal visit and be blown away at: 〒248-0016 神奈川県鎌倉市長谷３丁目１０−３３ (Punch into google maps for a better view)
Or visit the website: http://www.otaru-orgel.jp/