Gosh! I needed so much time until I finally update this post since I came back from Osaka…late December! x__x
There’s a famous zakka shop (zakka means daily goods in Japanese) in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. That’s Tiger Copenhagen! This is the only store we have in Japan. Yes, the very first store in Japan isn’t located in Tokyo, but in Osaka! The store is so famous for its popularity, because people make a long long line to come into the store for shopping. Well that was the news I heard when the store opened and I didn’t think the line is still long even today!!
I was accompanied by my Osakan friend who hasn’t felt like checking this store out until that day with me because of too many people’s waiting all the time.
When we got there, we were shocked to see many people making a line, waiting to get into the store. A security guard told us, “Here’s the end of the line. I think you’d wait for 40 minutes or so.” I’d give up waiting if I were alone but having my long-time-no-see friend with me, I thought I could chat with her while we were waiting.
As it turned out, however, 40 minutes was not necessary. The line moved so quickly and I guess we only waited for 10 or 15 minutes. So this is a picture I took from inside the store. Still many people waiting, huh?
Asian zakka shop
store locations: several locations in Kanto, 1 shop in Niigata, 3 shops in Kinki and Tokai, and 1 shop in Kyushu.
(The pictures for this post were taken at the store in Kawasaki atre.)
The other day after work, I found such kawaii panda goods sold at Daichu. Daichu is a shop that basically sells Asian zakka. It was a bit surprising to find them selling so many panda goods there. Speaking of panda however, Shin Shin, the giant panda at Ueno zoo just got a baby sometime ago but unfortunately the baby died only on the 6th day. I have no idea if the Shin Shin’s delivering her baby had anything to do with so many panda zakka. Or, they sell panda goods all the time because panda is from China and it’s an Asican zakka store and it’s natural they have Chinese themed goods…
Whatever…I found they are so cute! 🙂
cheap cosmetics and some apparel zakka store
store locations: various places in Japan (the pictures for this post were taken at the store in Shinjuku Myload.)
It’s DEMO is a kind of store similar to Sony Plaza, for example. Hmm…maybe smaller than Sony Plaza, so it’s closer to Mini Pla maybe? You can find one of the most popular cosmetics among hundreds of thousands of them in the market. But if you want to see more products, I recommend you should check out Tokyu Hands or LOFT instead of this type of small store.
store locations: A flagship store and several branch stores are in Kyoto. There’s one shop in Haneda International Airport and another one under the name of “Shinancien” in Futakotamagawa RISE shopping mall, besides their online store.
However, I just encountered their limited-time shop in Shinjuku the other day. 😀 Their temporary shop is open until the end of Feb.
Japanese-style goods store
store locations: many locations in major cities and online
(This post is from their Yokohama branch store.)
“Karankoron Kyoto” is a chain store that sells Japanese-style zakka, such as furoshiki, tenugui (towel), tabi socks, coin case, bag, and many other small goods. And of course, in kawaii taste, as you can imagine. 😉
vintage toys, MANDARAKE and more
nearest train station: Nakano
address: 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001
I suppose Nakano Broadway and MANDARAKE shops are familiar among foreign tourists. Anyhow, I dropped at that place for the first time, after I had a lunch with my husband near the area.
character goods and toys store
nearest train station: Ueno
address: 6-14-6 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
open: 10:00am – 9:30pm everyday
This facade picture is actually from last year (year 2010), as I only took the picture from outside then and didn’t write the post about it. But all the other pictures I listed below are from this summer (2011) when I visited there last month or so. ^ ^;