I am in Japan, it’s 16 hours before my flight to the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia and I need to find size 7 women’s tropical reef booties. That is where the story becomes a little journey through Tokyo.
A hot, sweaty, thirsty mission of “the internet said there is a surf warehouse over here somewhere, so….. where is it ” – type of journey.
Summer in Japan is … let’s just say a “special” thing. It’s hot. Hot as fucking hell, it’s the get me in the shade or inside right this instant or I’m sure to die, type of hot. It’s the humidity I guess. Funny thing is, I don’t actually mind hot and humid, in fact I quite like it, but only if I can jump into the ocean.
Okay, onward with the story. You get the picture, it’s hunt for reef booties in Tokyo, the opposite of a surf scene. However, I figured, you can find anything in Tokyo, anything… Even things you clearly don’t want to find.
After quite a bit of walking, riding the metro and then a lot more walking in the sweltering land of the rising sun, it appeared. A surf shop called Zap Surf Warehouse on a little back street in a tiny building. I think I can say that it just might be the smallest surf shop in the world. Well, in my opinion, but I could be wrong. Yet, this little surf shop was full of soul, surf spirit and coffee. All 150 square feet of it. I think a total of like 8 people could be in there at once.
Anyway, I quickly realized this place was not going to have size 7 women’s tropical reef booties, but it did make espresso and it was super cute. So, I got a Mollusk Surf teeshirt for my son instead.
I also took a few snap shots of the shop to share because it was just so damn cute. The guy working there was really helpful and even called around to a couple other surf shops until one said they had what I needed. I am sure he doesn’t know this, but the generosity of his time saved a few ounces of my blood. As ugly as they are, those reef booties came in handy when trying to get to and from the shore.
So, here you go… Meet the Zap Surf Warehouse in Tokyo, Japan.
You can see more about Zap Surf Shop through the links below or visit the store when you are in town, to grab a coffee and a teeshirt 🙂
ZAP Tumblr page http://zapsurfshop.tumblr.com
4 Chome-32-23 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031, Japan