It's time to share some insider information to the creative scene that is thriving in Tokyo. There are so many wonderful supply stores to visit, I've barely scratched the surface, but here's some top tips for anyone visiting Tokyo and looking for some of their famous kawaii supplies. Tokyu Hands This is like a department store for crafters. The flagship store in Shibuya is 8 floors of overwhelming awesome. And I'm kind of lying, as each floor is split into an "a" and "b" level, so…
Tokyo shopping has it all: high-end and offbeat fashion, traditional crafts, vintage wares, all manner of only-in-Japan souvenirs, and that gadget you didn't know existed but now desperately want. Whether you prefer department-store browsing or rummaging for secondhand treasures, there’s a Tokyo neighbourhood to meet your shopping needs.
Just some of whats on offer in a depachika - The word is a combination of depato, meaning department store, and chika, meaning basement. In Tokyo the basement of many department stores is dedicated to food. Over the years, these ‘food halls’ have become one of the premier places to see the cutting edge of Tokyo’s food scene. A depachika is made up of many stalls with a mind-boggling array of both traditional and non-traditional Japanese foods. It was my go-to for some gyoza on the run.
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan - This intersection is arguably one of the world's busiest - it also has a setting that I like to call "shuffle": all traffic stops and the intersection becomes pedestrian-only, so everyone starts walking every which way.