A new Uniqlo location will open on the 3rd floor of Korinbo 109 on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.
For the uninitiated, Uniqlo is similar to a Gap or an Old Navy–a store of affordable basics for men, women, and children and basic career wear for adults. Favorite items among the JETs include the fleece pajamas, heat-tech undershirts, non-frilly bras, button-down shirts for work, patterned tights/leggings, and wool sweaters. (Winter is coming, after all!)
My favorite thing about Uniqlo is the free hemming services on purchases over 1990 yen (300 yen charge for purchases under 1990 yen). Despite being the average height for an American woman (5’4″ or 163 cm), I have trouble finding jeans that fit lengthwise in the States. At Uniqlo, just roll your jeans or slacks to your preferred length and ask for 補正 (hosei; correction, or, in this case, alteration) or すそ上げ (suso age, raising the hem/cuff) when you’re in the dressing room. The clerk will pin the hem for you. When you purchase the pants, the front register will send them back to be hemmed and give you a receipt to make sure you get the right pants. The process usually takes about 15 minutes. Brilliant!
Uniqlo also accepts used Uniqlo-brand clothes to be given to charities abroad.
920-0961 Ishikawa-ken Kanazawa-shi Korinbo* 2-1-1
Uniqlo is on the 3rd floor
Open 10:00～20:00 daily (closed on New Year’s Day)
From Kanazawa Station (金沢駅), take the #4 or #5 bus from the West Entrance (西口) or the #6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 from the East Entrance (東口) or the 100-yen weekend bus and get off at Korinbo (香林坊). Kanazawa bus site.
25-minute walk (2.2 km) from Kanazawa Station (金沢駅).
Korinbo 109 Press Release (Japanese)
Uniqlo Japan (Japanese with some English)
Other Ishikawa Uniqlo locations include Nanao, Kanazawa Tagami-machi, Nonoichi, Komatsu, and Apita Town (Kanazawa Bay location on the Kencho Road ).
Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. She is waiting for the US to catch on to in-store hemming services.