One of the places we went to was an old re-purposed office building. Each of the small tenant office spaces has been made into a little shop. I am not sure how old the building is but it was built in the early Showa era, perhaps 1930s to 1940s. It's very cool and you can't help feeling nostalgic when you go in.
A lot of the shops sell antiques, retro and vintage things. There were a fair number of clothing designers, a few children's clothing shops and a couple of design book stores. It spans several floors.
We were particularly intrigued by an old vault in the wall. A woman who works there explained that the building was home to many accountants and lawyers who used the community vault to store important documents overnight as a safeguard against theft or fire. Fascinating!
The building is called the Osaka Nohrinkaikan Bld and is in Minami Senba.
The little shop pictured is called Foo. If you're ever in Japan you should visit and view their collection of vintage Japanese fabrics and handmade bags. http://www.hello-foo.com
Don't forget to pop to the post below and comment to get the great haul of cute postcards, brochures and business cards I picked up.