There was just as much shopping as there was eating during the Tokyo trip and even then, it really wasn’t enough. Never enough.
First up, calligraphy and lettering supplies. There are a million places we searched for to buy goods and then some more where we just stumbled across places and ended up buying stuff. Let me list for you the places we found some awesome calligraphy supplies:
- Sekaido Shinjuku
Website [Japanese] There’s 6 levels of fancy art supplies. I bought the majority of my things here. I went kind of crazy because it was the first supplies shop and the second day into our trip.
- Lapis Design & Art Supply – Roppongi Hills
We walked past this place a few times and I wanted to walk in every time. Bought a lot of the Kuretake brush pens here. They had a wall full of them. There was also a giant Mono eraser.
- Tokyu Hands – Multiple
We went to about 5 different Tokyu Hands, but if you’re after a huge variety you’re best to go into one of Shibuya, Ikebukuro, or Shinjuku stores (or all). The Shibuya even has these weird half levels, and you could seriously get lost in there. Stationery shopping is very serious; bring a friend.
Don’t forget to bring your passport for automatic 5% discount!
This is a lifestyle store, so you can be sure you’ll be spending money on many other things as well.
- Itoya – Ginza
Hold on to something, guys…there’s two entire buildings of Itoya – K.Itoya and G.Itoya. There are amazing papers wall-to-wall, and don’t forget several levels of pens. There’s craft supplies and travel supplies and even a little exhibition room in the basement. Give yourself at least two hours in these buildings! They’re also hard to miss – there’s a giant paper clip outside one and a giant pen outside the other.
- Loft – Multiple
Website [Japanese] This one is similar to Tokyu Hands. We spent about two hours in there the first time we went in to one of these, so plan your trip(s) accordingly. If you’re not going to visit many of these like we ended up doing, make sure you hit up the big ones! Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Yurakucho, Yokohama.
- A few other places that were pretty good for ogling things and occasionally splurging on one-off items we didn’t mean to: Isetan Shinjuku, Keio Department Store Shinjuku, Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku.
Here are some pretty pictures of my calligrahaul.
Next up, FOOD!
Being a crazy food lover, I couldn’t very well leave Japan without a giant stash of food. Too bad I couldn’t take any Hokkaido milk things with me..although, I made sure to buy as much Hokkaido stuff as I could get my hands off. By the way, the Hokkaido melon, AKA yubari, is fucking amazing.
Time for….SAILOR MOON
So, any one who knows me, knows that I’m a massive Sailor Moon freak. Really, I tried to hold back on my Sailor Moon buying, but …you know…they sneak in.
Really, I love Doraemon as much as I love Sailor Moon……=D