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Tourist Tip #3 (Revisited): Stay Away from Souvenir Shops images

Tourist Tip #3 (Revisited): Stay Away from Souvenir Shops

In one of my previous "Tourist Tip" posts, I suggested staying away from conventional tourist-trap omiyageya (souvenir shops) and visiting instead some of the cooler places where there's more to shop for at better deals:http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3317There are many such places to visit. Som…(171 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Flee markets: an alternative to shop souvenirs images

Flee markets: an alternative to shop souvenirs

There are so many things you can bring back home as souvenir from Japan that sometimes, choice and possibilities are overwhelming. It's so difficult to decide which souvenir will please the best to who...And, everyone does not always enjoy "shopping" per se. So you rush to some kind of souvenir…(476 words)

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Claire

Well-Measured Success images

Well-Measured Success

It wasn't so long ago that most staple products were purchased in Japan in bulk. The grocer, dry goods shop, or other shopkeeper had a scale, upon which he measured any amount that his customer wanted to purchase. The item would be put into a container, usually one that the customer brought to th…(689 words)

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mikekato

Cutting edges: souvernirs that look like they are out of Kill Bill images

Cutting edges: souvernirs that look like they are out of Kill Bill

You have seen the sword of Uma Thruman in Kill Bill. It is made by an old blacksmith known by only a few privileged and who does not accept to create a sword for anybody unless they are heaven-gifted creatures... Even if you are not Uma Thruman, you can get yourself a piece of that art!If y…(366 words)

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Claire

2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN: shopping under the Yamanote line images

2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN: shopping under the Yamanote line

There is a hidden street under the Yamanote line tracks near Ueno's Ameyoko Shotengai between Okachimachi and Akihabara. Follow the elevated JR train tracks to 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN and you will find a quiet place filled with the best handcrafted Japanese goods.There are about 50 small stores and w…(155 words)

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David

Inspiration for Valentine Day ! images

Inspiration for Valentine Day !

If you want your Valentine to be really happy with your present, here are some ideas for you from Romantic Japan.Tokyo top 10 of the best presents ever for 2015. The keyword is: let's share and enjoy the present together!10. Life is a box of chocolate. Of course, you can enjoy chocolate t…(352 words)

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Claire

Stranded in Japan without shoes? images

Stranded in Japan without shoes?

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons the global average shoe size for an adult male is US size 9 - 12. As hard as it may be to believe the largest size footwear carried for men in most Japanese shoe stores is a mere 28 cm (around US size 8 1/2, EU size 43), and even if you are l…(206 words)

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Aron

ISETAN Department Store with an abundant line-up of products and unparalleled customer service images

ISETAN Department Store with an abundant line-up of products and unparalleled customer service

There are a number of major department stores in Shinjuku area, Tokyo, offering a wide variety of shopping locales for international visitors. Located next to Shinjuku 3-Chome subway Station, ISETAN is a veteran among Shinjuku's department stores and they focus on high-quality, unique items especia…(578 words)

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Aom

Bringing Japanese Tabi to the World images

Bringing Japanese Tabi to the World

Japanese people typically wear tabi when they dress up in Japanese clothes, such as kimono.These resemble socks apart from the fact that the big toe is separated out from the other toes. These days most people wear western clothes and few Japanese wear tabi on a daily basis.Musashino Uniform Co…(346 words)

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HiraganaTimes

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recommended Daiso

Daiso is the most popular 100yen shop in Tokyo.The largest Daiso shop is in Kinshicho town near Tokyo Sky Tree.The shop in Harajuku town is also recommendable with wide variety of products.(34 words)

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Kawaii female fashion images

Kawaii female fashion

In the fashion world, Tokyo is now one of the hottest cities especially for youth or street fashion. As the keyward of "kawaii" is getting known in the world, Tokyo has been always transmitting new style of fashion to the world. "Marui One" is the female fashion department store where you can get…(62 words)

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Spend a day at the Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside! images

Spend a day at the Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside!

Our favorite family shopping spot is the Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside, which is about an hour away from Tokyo. Here, there are stores of all varieties, from sports goods to fancy clothes to delicious food. Although it can get crowded during the weekend, the atmosphere is great with the famil…(106 words)

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RieS

A sign of politeness, kindness and gratitude images

A sign of politeness, kindness and gratitude

From when Japanese children are young, they learn the importance of buying souvenirs for their family and friends if they travel or visit somewhere not in the vicinity. At the beginning, the children buy souvenirs just for fun, but they gradually find out that it is a sign of politeness, kindness a…(59 words)

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A coin-operated vending machine with collectors' items! images

A coin-operated vending machine with collectors' items!

“Gacha Gachas” are coin-operated vending machines with capsules containing items from manga, anime and other popular icons – these may be key-chains, cellphone straps or a figure. They remind me of the bubblegum machines in the USA, since people insert coins, turn the crank and out comes a capsule.…(104 words)

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Must take a purikura! images

Must take a purikura!

In Japan, there is a big arcade culture, perhaps because of the variety of machines from Mario Kart to air hockey to UFO catchers. However, my favorite destination is the purikura or the print club machines. This is a machine in which you go in, take photos of yourself with different poses and back…(164 words)

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A present full of surprises images

A present full of surprises

During the first few days of January, there is a big shopping spree in which many people buy big “Lucky” bags filled with products from that store. Although the contents of the bag are unknown, people buy it because the contents are said to be worth more than the selling price. It’s thrilling to…(91 words)

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Keep the store clean and stay polite! images

Keep the store clean and stay polite!

An aspect I am always surprised by when shopping in Japan is that the stores are always impeccably clean! What I learned through experience is that the shoppers themselves leave the shops clean by folding the clothes or not picking up the clothes unless they like it. Also, it is a Japanese custo…(120 words)

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A store for things you may need on the train images

A store for things you may need on the train

The kiosk is usually a small stall in the middle of the train platform, which sells goods that you may need on a train ride. Common things are drinks, snacks (candy, cookies, gum, etc.), magazines and newspapers. They also sell other small commodities such as masks, tissues and band-aids.(49 words)

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The Three P's images

The Three P's

Japanese hair salons are known for great service and outcomes. However, to make your experience successful, there are three P’s you should keep in mind: Pictures, phrases and price. Pictures. It is always a good idea to have a picture of what you want your hair to look like using pictures on a p…(218 words)

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RieS

Nintendo 3DS XL! images

Nintendo 3DS XL!

One of the most popular toys in Japan is the Nintendo 3DS XL, which is the newest Nintendo machine. Children often get these and/or their cassettes for their birthday or Christmas presents. One of the most popular games are Super Mario, Pokemon and Minna no Mori. This game is so popular among child…(73 words)

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A super store! images

A super store!

It is important to know that a convenience store isn’t just a place to buy drinks, food, masks, stationery, magazines and other everyday products. It has developed to the extent in which you can send domestic mail, have your suit dry cleaned, photocopy, fax and scan and purchase bus, concert and sp…(96 words)

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A MEGA store for anything you need images

A MEGA store for anything you need

Don Quixote is one of the best discount stores in Japan and are present all over the country. If you’re looking for anything for low prices, this would be the first place to look! They sell everything that anyone can look for: bicycles, electronics, clothes, costumes, food, suitcases, etc. They hav…(140 words)

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Books in English images

Books in English

I look for English books at the Kinokuniya Book Store in Shinjuku, right next to Takashimaya Times Square. The have a large selection, including new releases, best sellers, and classics. It's also a great place to find books and flashcards to learn Japanese. http://www.kinokuniya.co.jp/contents…(54 words)

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HillaryB

Oedo Antique Market images

Oedo Antique Market

I love going to the outdoor Oedo Antique Market at the Tokyo International Forum. It's open on the first and third Sunday of every month. You can find many different items like traditional Japanese clothing and shoes, antique Japanese armor, art, toys, collectibles, jewelry, and other treasures. Th…(65 words)

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HillaryB

Department stores in Japan images

Department stores in Japan

Out of the many in Tokyo, I would recommend Matsuzakaya. This place has everything from food, clothing and accessory stores. If you get lost or want to know where a specific store is, there is an information desk on the first floor so you will never get lost. Every time I want to find out where wha…(67 words)

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Jules

Cute clothes images

Cute clothes

Harajuku on Takeshita street has many little stores which sell cute clothing, some you could only really find there. It is exciting to just walk down this street since it is always busy. You will sometimes see t-shirts with designs never seen before.(43 words)

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Jules

find your favorite SAKE! images

find your favorite SAKE!

If you want to find your favorite Sake, go to Hasegawa Saké Shop (はせがわ酒店), OMOTESANDO HILLS(表参道ヒルズ) or Tokyu Futakotamagawa RISE (東急二子玉川店) (http://www.hasegawasaketen.com/shop/). They have counter seats, and you can drink a cup of Sake from their choice by paying some amount. Y…(57 words)

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Moo Moo

Street parking? Parking lot? images

Street parking? Parking lot?

It is not recommended to park illegally on the side of the streets where there is no street parking, because the police come around frequently. Therefore, you should either use the street parking (and definitely put the money in the meter) or go to a nearby parking lot. For street parking, you usua…(122 words)

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Shopping images

Shopping

Forever 21 Shopping Building in Shibuya, 5 floors , Most Clothing is Under 1000 yen ~ Today  Jeans on sale 500yen! Some Summer Shirts 300yen ! Mens Clothes and Childrens too !(25 words)

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ShelleySweeney

100 Yen Shop as Souvenir Shop images

100 Yen Shop as Souvenir Shop

I recommend you to go shopping at 100 yen shop "Hyakuen Shop" which sell at basically 100 yen a wide range of products such as tableware, kitchenwares, toys, gardenwares, stationaries, household goods, leisure goods etc. You may find a small nice item for your friends and family as souvenirs. Ther…(70 words)

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kurukurugurume

Can you recommend a department store in Tokyo? images

Can you recommend a department store in Tokyo?

Mitsukoshi and Isetan are the two biggest department store brands with several branch locations around Tokyo. The best are the Isetan in Shinjuku or the Mitsukoshis in Ginza or Nihonbashi.(30 words)

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Nico

Parking overview images

Parking overview

#1 is do not park on the street unless it's a clearly marked spot.It's important to know that parking violations mean points on one's driver's license like a speeding ticket, etc. The fine is typically around 15,000 yen also. There are probably arcane ways to fight this ("It wasn't me driving."),…(735 words)

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Bones

Go to a 100 yen store, any 100 yen store images

Go to a 100 yen store, any 100 yen store

You will find whole bags of "crap" that kids will love for cheap. A 2000 yen gift bag filled from the 100 yen store will send kids into a friggin tizzy back home. Seriously.(32 words)

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Ray_Proper

Tokyo Station images

Tokyo Station

You can find a wide variety of souvenirs, mostly foods and lifestyle goods, at shops and department stores inside or near Tokyo Station. If you don't have time to go outside of the station, try "e-cute". They have nicely designed boxes of snacks and foods. http://www.ecute.jp/tokyo/For some…(106 words)

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Natchan

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Asakusa

You can find Japanese traditional souvenir at the street in front of Temple sensou-ji. There are a lot of souvenir shops located .(22 words)

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Emyuuu

Visit Kimono Salon TAKA in Yokohama, Yamashita-Cho images

Visit Kimono Salon TAKA in Yokohama, Yamashita-Cho

When you have a chance to go to Yokohama, Yamashita-Cho near by Yokohama China Townyou should stop by "Kimono Salon Taka" in Silk Center. It is a very nice Kimono select shop.The shop is small, but they have kept a large stock of goods by wide varitey of price range; so, if you would like to ge…(114 words)

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Suetsumuhana

HOTEL OKURA TOKYO BOOK STORE images

HOTEL OKURA TOKYO BOOK STORE

There is a nice small book shop in Hotel Okura Tokyo. The nearest train station is Kamiyacho of Hibiya Line Metro. I am sorry they do not have much books for all fields; however, If you would like to know Japan and Japanese culture, they have a lot of beautiful and interesting books. Afete…(74 words)

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Suetsumuhana

"Face Roller" images

"Face Roller"

"Face Roller" is pretty famous in Japan. I have seen JK, high school girls, sending face roller as a birthday present. Their prices are reasonable and have a lot of kind so it is fun to chose and try. You can find them in 100yen shop. It seems that "Kogao(small face) Roller" is the most popular one.(58 words)

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Kim-san

Perhaps it's not in the product images

Perhaps it's not in the product

With in Japan there are certain areas where people relatively live longer then other places.Many cases they don't use front line cosmetics nor go to the doctor every other day.They still drink. So what's the trick?!Well it was in their diet, and life style.They don't crave for fas…(104 words)

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Yuuki I

Preforated style stationary.... images

Preforated style stationary....

Recently, I was given a summer gift that was a stationary set, preforated alloing you to write a short note or carry on several pages and end it where you liked! So neat..company that makes this is "HAIBARA" and offered in many themes.(44 words)

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AmyH