First Universal Press



Have a go at the dying art of letterpress printing at First Universal Press in Taito-ku, where you can customise your own business cards, tea mats, birthday cards, books, and whatever marvellous idea you have in mind by arranging your own types. It only costs ¥5,000 to rent the atelier for three and a half hours, the spot houses all the tools that are needed to run your creativity onto paper, and you'll always have the close attention of owner Josuke Taniyama, who'll guide you through the extremely complicated steps of setting up the letterpress. You wouldn't think printing a simple card could be so time-consuming, especially having to fill up all the blank spaces on the press so that everything falls perfectly into place. All your thoughts and troublesome steps will eventually produce a one-of-a-kind business card – a nice conversation starter in the right company.

Book in advance (preferably one week beforehand) at


2-7-8 Kotobuki, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Telephone 03-5830-3238

Open 1pm-9pm (weekdays), 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun and holidays) / closed Mon


Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.

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