??! TOKYO! ?????! The Japanese fashion shopping haven. The dream of all Japan lovers. The city that cannot not be visited by all the anime-, manga-, Japanese fashion- or Japanese music lovers out there. This is our last stop and but far from the least. In Tokyo the Japanese shops in the same way they work - long and hard.
Top shopping streets/districts:
Harajuku & Aoyama
Harajuku is packed with, apart from the famous Harajuku girls, small independent designers' shops and second hand shops. The fashion is experimental and it is known to be ruled by haute couture and mixed with second hand items. If you want examples of such outfits you can go to Tokyo fashion's website. You are sure to be inspired there.
Ginza basically means the silver place and it is a fancier part of Tokyo. Most shops are open every day of the week. The best time to go there is during weekend afternoons when central Chuo Dori street becomes a wide pedestrian street. The road is closed and open for pedestrians between 12.00 and 17.00 from October to March and between 12.00-18.00 from April to September.
This is where you should go if you want to find cheap apparel from the Japanese outrageous and colourful fashion styles such as Lolita and Visual Kei among others. Shibuya is also filled with fashion forward young people who experiment with their own style. If you are over thirty you might not find what you are looking for here but nonetheless it is a place you simply must visit if you go to Tokyo.
Shinjuku is said to be like a big casino with all of the noise and twinkling lights. You can find basically anything there and once you can find your way through the chaos you are in for some great finds.
Top shops, malls and boutiques:
If you are a dedicated shopper and fashion lover then you simply cannot miss going to Candy. It holds amazing second hand fashion mixed with new apparel as well.
It is the size of a closet but the fashion inside rules the street scene in Tokyo. You are sure to find something in there that will turn heads. The staff are very cool but even if they are chatting away with the local "it" boys and girls, they are happy to stop to help you with whatever questions you have.
This mall is divided into four regions. One for families and friends, one for the food court, one for an outlet mall and one for an entertainment and communication zone. It is said to be the best mall in Japan.
This shop has a very eclectic selection of apparel and accessories but it is the interior that blows you away. See for yourself at www.harcoza.com .
This is a mini mall that is legendary among DIY enthusiasts. Each shop is owned by young, passionate designers who creatively takes DIY to a whole new level. Known recent visitors are Gucci's Frida Giannini, Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams. It is definitely a place I would make sure to pay a visit to.
It holds over 540 stores including international brands, fashion and a movie theater.
A big mall in Shibuya. It is impossible to miss due to the huge teddy bear on a swing hanging in the second floor window.
Top budget shopping:
100 yen shops
Here you can find just about anything for 100 yen.
Top vintage fashion shopping:
Is a second hand store with nostalgic pieces from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The shop manager Coi is a local fashion icon and blogger who posts the outfits she puts together online. The interior of the store looks like a modern girl's home who is obsessed with the 70s and 80s. It is a cool shop that you simply must visit.
This is a second hand shop with apparel like neon petticoats cartoon sweaters and my little pony items. My little Pony seems to be the general theme and the fashion is DIY.
As this is our last stop and it is not city in an English speaking country, let's finish off with learning some Japanese, shall we?
Sayonara (I think most of us know this one)
Good morning -
Good evening -
- Oyasumi nasai
Thank you -
I love you -
How are you? -
Ogenki desu ka?
I am fine -
I am sorry
Said when you leave - I am leaving -
Said to the person leaving - You are leaving/have a nice day -
Before you eat - I receive/I will start eating -
When you have finished eating -Thank you for the meal -
How much does this cost?
- Ikura desu ka?
Nice to meet you
: Hajimemashite/ Douzo Yoroshiku
Please take care of me
My name is
: Watashi no namae wa/Boku no namae wa/Ore no namae wa [feminine/polite, male, unisex]
I am .. years old
: Watashi/Boku/Ore wa .. sai desu.
I am a student
: Watashi/Boku/Ore wa xx-gakusei desu. [xx= before gakusei you need to say what level of student you are. University student: dai-gakusei, High school student Koukou-gakusei,
My major is
: Watashi/Boku/Ore no senmon wa ..
I love fashion
: Watashi/Boku/Ore wa fasshon ga suki desu.
- ... wa doko desu ka?
Do you speak English?
- Eigo ga wakarimasu ka?
That's all for now. I hope you enjoyed this post and the bonus Japanese class.
Yours truly, Alexis