Okomeya – A rice shop as part of a revitalization project

The rise of supermarkets in Japan changed the landscape of many smaller downtowns all across the country. Smaller mom and pop shops would go out of business one by one and once vibrant shopping streets would turn into “shutter streets”.

The company Owan has been trying to counter this movement and revive a shopping street right by Togoshi Koen right outside Tokyo by opening a variety of shops like a coffee roaster, a cafe and a rice shop “Okomeya”. They have commissioned Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects to remodel the small 16.6 m2 shop on the first floor of a rundown house. The original wood structure of the building was sanded down until the color matched the interior plywood furniture making old and new beautifully blend together. While there are some modern elements, the shop also does a great job fitting into the array of houses and shops on the street.

While this “Okomeya” sells several sorts of rice grains just like traditional rice shops do, it also serves simple rice dishes such as omusubi (rice balls) and domburi (rice bowls) perfect for when you don’t have the time to cook at home.

4 Chome-8-6 Togoshi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 142-0041, Japan
TEL +81 3-6426-9601

Photos are courtesy of Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects

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