Type: Capsule toy shop / Location: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan / Design: 2022 / Construction: 2022 / Produce+sign design: Kayac / Contractor: System shop Hagiwara / Total floor area: 9.52m2



[Onari Capsule] is a capsule toy shop facing the Onari shopping street that leads from the west exit of Kamakura Station toward the sea (south side). Kamakura was a capital city in 800 years ago and it has a long history. Originally this shop was a glasses shop, and it is a compact space of about 6 tatami mats with a width of 3.4m and a depth of 2.8m. Facing the street, there was a frame door and a glass window that leaves the low wall (wainscot), and the visibility to the inside from passers-by is very good.

The Onari shopping street leading to the west exit of the station is more frequented by locals than the Komachi shopping street at the east exit, which leads to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, a landmark of the city, but in recent years Onari has also been used as a sightseeing route to the sea and the Great Buddha of Hase.

In order to improve visibility from the pedestrian walking from the station and vice versa and to make the interior space look as wide as possible, the walls on both sides of the frontage are finished with mirrors. 65 capsule toy machines look multiplying infinitely by this mirror facing each other at 3.4m.

In addition, the 45mm square Japanese cypress lattices on the mirrored surface are arranged at intervals of 4 types (45mm, 55mm, 65mm, 75mm). This size is the major size of capsules in circulation, and it is a system that collects empty capsules that are no longer needed by taking out the contents and inserting between two lattices, while having fun. The cypress lattice was cut out with En-Mado (circles) of different sizes on both sides. By making the En-Mado on the entrance side smaller than the one on the opposite side, the reflection on the mirror makes it appear smaller. In other words, the perspective is emphasized, so it feels farther than the actual distance (Object size is inversely proportional to distance).

 Basically, capsule toy shops have a large presence of capsule machines, so they tend to be commercial finishes.

But we aimed to create a presence that stands out in the shopping district while maintaining Japanese dignity in  Kamakura, the ancient capital, by using lanterns, oren curtains, cypress lattices, En-Mado, and silver-leaf paper on the ceiling that faintly reflects.

Name: Onari Capsule
Function: Store (Capsule toy shop)
Location: 8-2 Onarimachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
Produce+ Sign design: Kayac
Design: Yuji Tanabe Architects
Constructor: System shop Hagiwara
Area: 9.52㎡(1F)
Completion date: August,2022
Photo: Yuji Tanabe