If you’ve been to Japan before you’ll already know how difficult it is not to buy anything, and if you’re yet to go, remember to take extra money and leave plenty of suitcase space for gifts… baring in mind those gifts will be for yourself! Believe me, you’ll understand when you’re spotting things you just have to buy.
What you see above isn’t everything I bought, which is probably a good thing! From Family Mart snacks and a plethora of sock styles (honestly, amazing) to rummaging through the Pokemon Center and every floor of Shibuya 109, it’s easy to lose track with what you’ve picked up. Before you know it your suitcase is over the weight limit – oops!
Firstly, I couldn’t help but look through the magazines in Tokyo Records (Shibuya) because unless you buy them imported for around a tenner in London or off eBay, you can’t get them. So it was nice to pay the regular magazine price! Wink Up is all about the J-POP scene whilst H Tokyo is centred around Japanese fashion and culture.
The Pokemon Center (the one I went to was in Yokohama) is a place you have to visit, especially if you’re a massive fan. There is everything you could possibly want (and need!) in one place. I settled on this bag… What for, I’m not entirely sure yet! I was trying to buy something that was useful yet uber Pokemon.
I couldn’t go to Japan and not check out all their sweets. I spent every day eating some sort of candy/chocolate/cake/bread because it isn’t a trip to Tokyo without it! You’ll find that their sweet things aren’t that sweet, yet they still satisfy those sugar cravings. Yummy.
As usual, I find cheap second-hand items, but to be fair, I didn’t think I’d find it in Japan. It was one of those things – you’re walking down a street, you’re not sure what street, and there it is: a cool second-hand store. I picked up this Cecil McBee Mickey Mouse jacket and these quirky platform Converse for under 600Yen, and they fit me. Amazing.