My favorite brands/places to buy stuff
- LOFT [site] * everything you've ever needed - not just art supplies! actually prefer this to Tokyu Hands
- あおい書店・AoiShoten [site] * fantastic book store chain
- it's Demo [site] * zakka goods
- 靴下屋・ Kutsushitaya [site] * yes, all they sell is different kinds of socks
- Lowry's Farm [site] * cool, simple clothes, well-made
- Wonder Rocket [site] * American-casual style, like mori-girl and hiking gear
- Mandarake [site] * toys, games, art books, otaku-fare. Shibuya, Akihabara + Osu locations are favorites
- Super Potato [site] * vintage video games + fun things
- Don Quixote [site] * the most fun you'll ever have shopping, random insanity
- Bleu Bleuet [site] *zakka / handmade inspired things for home life. simply lovely
- Yamashiroya Toys [site] * 7 floors of amazing - from kids to designer vinyl. I prefer this to Kiddyland
at Yamashiroya Ueno
Thrift stores / Second hand clothes 古着
- Kinji [Japanese site] *amazingly fun to browse, store separated by style/color/brands with plenty of inspirational magazine clippings around
- WeGo [site] * more like a party than anything - big Brooklyn hipster vibe - lots of new clothes
- B*Life/Book-Off [Japanese site] * only the best place in the world for rummaging. super inexpensive, lots of great treasures to find
- Chicago Harajuku [site] * lots of used kimonos, yukatas and cool, hipster stuff
Department Stores デパート
- Sunshine City Ikebukuro [Japanese site] * super fun shopping center but easy to get overwhelmed. Avoid on weekends lest you be swept away by the teenybopper crowd. great deals there.
- 0101 [site] * can be high priced but amazing sense of merchandizing.
- LaForet [site] * beautiful displays, upscale shopping for casual to crazy visual-kei, check out Swimmer on the bottom floor. architecture uses half-floors, so a tad confusing at first
- Seibu [Japanese site] *not for the bargain hunter - super couture brands like Chanel, Burberry etc
- Parco [English site] * slightly expensive brands on floors separated by style. Check out Lowry's Farm and the art gallery upstairs
Information on cool Japan flea markets here
- Takeshitadori - Harajuku * young (mostly under 20s), hip neighborhood but very crowded on weekends.
- Ameyoko - Ueno * old Tokyo standard. dirty but super fun and cheap [a post about a trip there]
- Nakamisedori - Asakusa * lots of fun to browse, avoid on Sundays, slightly older/tourist crowd sometimes
- Osu Marketplace - Nagoya * all the fun of Harajuku but less expensive - highly recommended ......................................................................................