Iwakura, New Spiritual Store at Narita Airport, Deals in Natural Stones and Sundries
Iwakura, a boutique based on a concept of "the spirit and prayers of the Japanese people," opened on May 26th in Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture.
The store is located on the fourth floor of Terminal 1's central building. Inside, the scent of cedar wafts through the air and one can hear the sounds of a stream, creating a serene atmosphere much like a Shinto shrine. Iwakura deals in accessories made from natural stones, Buddhist prayer beads, cloth items, folding fans, wind chimes and other traditional Japanese items, along with the Keitai-i (an original smartphone case) the store markets as a "modern-day good luck charm." The Keitai-i comes in multiple designs, one of which you can only find at Narita Airport. An Iwakura employee said that inside this highly unique store one can "feel a proximity to very old, traditional Japanese culture and customs despite being in an airport."
The store is run by Amina Collection Co., Ltd., a company based in Naka Ward, Yokohama dealing in products that integrate ideas from folk crafts and folklore from around the world. The new location at the airport is the third branch after the main Iwakura store in Yokohama's Chinatown and the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu branch in Kamakura. The name "Iwakura" comes from a historical folk term that means "seat of the gods," which took the form of a boulder or other large object, or the central location of a Shinto shrine.
Business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.