Kinji is a large used clothing store in Osaka’s Amerika-mura (American Village), a district often touted as ‘the birthplace of Japanese street culture’.
Popular with young people, expats and fashion-conscious Japanese, the district, which is often referred to simply as Ame-mura, is home to a large number of bars, nightclubs and vintage clothing outlets.
In the 1970s, many of the warehouses occupying the area were converted into low-rent shops and studios.
When American pop culture became fashionable in Japan a decade later, many of the stores started selling clothes and music from the USA, giving Amerika-mura its name. Today, the district is even home to a scaled down version of the Statue of Liberty!
Kinji can be found on the 2nd floor of the Ame-mura’s Big Step mall. The spacious store stocks an impressive range of vintage clothing for men and women, including a wide selection of shoes, pins and shirts. Sometimes Japanese souvenir jackets, known as sukajan, are also available.
- 11.00am – 9.00pm, daily
- 1-6-14Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086
- From Shinsaibashi subway station (Midosuji Line), take exit 7. Big Step mall and the Kinji store is a 3-minute walk; From Yotsubashi Station (Yotsubashi Line), the mall is a 3-minute walk from exit 5.