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Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Tokyo Japan 1

Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Tokyo Japan 1

Tsumori Chisato is a Japanese fashion designer whose brand comes from an array of exciting and unique inspirations. Her fashions, which have spread from Japan to the rest of the world, are based on “things that will make you smile and are interesting for both men and women.” We here at EnableJapan.com were lucky enough to visit the flagship store in Aoyama to get the inside scoop on the Tsumori Chisato brand!

(Note that all products were photographed in August 2016. The Tsumori Chisato brand moves fast, and there is always something new to wear!)

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The Tsumori Chisato style is girly but sexy. She has a universal audience, ranging from teens to 60s. Regardless of age, she appeals! Her inspirations and concepts come from art, music, and especially her travels. Although some design ideas may come from one of the other in-house textile designers or shape designers, most of the inspiration comes from Tsumori Chisato herself.

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On the day we visited, the designs featured were based on her travels to Iceland. The inspiration she took from her trip influenced her print design, motifs and colour choices. The pieces emulate the view of Iceland, as painted in watercolour. The Icelandic theme was represented throughout the range of men’s and women’s t-shirts and jumpers.

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The current collection shows a story of her travels across Iceland, but Tsumori Chisato is always looking for inspiration. Her collections come from the new stories she is constantly spinning. Her line is every-changing, and every season you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a new tale whenever you visit the shop.

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Tsumori Chisato’s work has an obvious worldwide appeal. Her designs focus on Japanese pattern-cutting mixed with Western style techniques. Her range of dresses, skirts, t-shirts and pants all have unique and playful prints.  Prints, checks, paintings,  and her trademark cat illustration make appearances every season with each new design. And her work is not just for women! Tsumori Chisato also has a line of men’s wear, all of which follows the same design concept as the women’s lines. So if you’re looking for ‘couple’s outfits’, the Tsumori Chisato is the perfect place to look!

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The Aoyama shop wouldn’t be a flagship store without some extra perks. Some garments are completely exclusive to this store. Even the shopping bags are exclusive! And the Aoyama store gets the new products and fashion lines first, so it’s the place to be if you want fresh-off-the-line Tsumori Chisato clothes.

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The Tsumori Chisato flagship store in Aoyama is a great place to find imaginative and exclusive clothing from a world-renowned designer. Be sure to visit when you are in Tokyo!

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Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Location Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Omotesando Station A5 exit (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open 11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily

“Why Go?”: Happy, high-end fashion with global appeal from a world-famous designer!

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September 9, 2016 0 comment
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Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

Samantha Thavasa is a Japanese brand known for its girly, elegant, and cute style which has now grown into a brand catering to every girl’s accessory needs! We here at EnableJapan.com visited Samantha Thavasa’s flagship store in Ginza to get an inside look into this world-popular Japanese brand. If you would like to learn the shop’s secret inspirations and the design concepts behind the Samantha Thavasa brand, Ginza is the place to go!

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

“But what about the language barrier?” you might think. Well don’t worry! The staff of main stores speak a wide range of languages (English, Chinese, and some Korean, by their reckoning), which makes each store completely accessible for shoppers. You’ll never have a problem finding someone to help you discover the perfect wardrobe accessory.

Founded in 1994 by Kazumasa Terada, Samantha Thavasa has open its doors across Asia and Hawaii. Many famous names such as Beyonce, Jenifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Victoria Beckham have designed bags for the Samantha Thavasa brand. Samantha Thavasa has also collaborated on projects with Disney, most recently with Zootopia and Finding Dory , also with native Japanese characters such as Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty. Japanese designer brand DRESSCAMP has also collaborated with interesting artistic bags that feature hand-painted prints on leathers.

 

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

At the Ginza store, the first floor features the Samantha Tiara line of jewelry. Samantha Thavasa PR spokesperson Meg introduced us to the line, which features thin silver and gold chains adorned with gems and crystals in shapes of flowers. One particularly eye-catching piece was a necklace that moved in emulation of a heartbeat as it sat around the wearers neck. How? Well, that’s a secret! This first-floor jewelry section offers other adornments, such as feminine rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Samantha Thavasa’s first floor features new and amazing pieces year round, with the added bonus of a free gift if you spend a certain amount in store.

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

All bags are on the second floor. Multiple designers collaborate to create bags under the Samantha Thavasa brand name; Meg spoke to us about their popular collection designed by model Miranda Kerr, whose style “focused on changing  the Samantha Thavasa original to make it a little more mature.” Collaborate model-come-designer Anne Nakamura is also taking the brand into a more mature direction, developing perfect everyday bags that will stay with you forever. But don’t think that maturity has taken away any of the special cute features that make Samantha Thavasa great! Smiley faces hide in pockets and on straps within her designs and the exclusive pink suede lining, all adding that Samantha Thavasa touch of whimsical cuteness.

Samantha Thavasa has encouraged their customers to stay faithful to the brand due to their ever-changing design ideas. “Design development of Samantha Thavasa purses comes from a multitude of ideas and designers, all working constantly on new ideas that they develop into what we have in store,” Meg explained. “All designs come in several colours, so you can find the perfect bag for any occasion.”

 

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

What features stand out the most for their customers? “Zips!” said Meg. “When people are abroad they like knowing their things are safe in their bags, so we always ensure zips are on our bags!”

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

And of course, I couldn’t leave without asking the question, “Who is Samantha Thavasa?”

“I get asked that a lot!” Meg laughed. “Its a secret! I can’t tell you that!”…”We have rumors saying the name comes from the witch that wiggles her nose, but it’s not!”…so that part of the mystery remains unsolved (for now). But there’s one thing that certainly is not a mystery–with the Ginza store catering towards every woman’s handbags and jewelry, Samantha Thavasa in Ginza is a great place to shop for that special item or gift!

 

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Location Information

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Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Ginza Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily.

“Why Go?”: Finding a perfect high-fashion Japanese bag and jewelry from designers and celebrities!

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August 1, 2016 0 comment
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Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE. makes dessert. And oh my, what desserts they are! Cute sundaes, ring plates, necklace plates, and all sorts of other tasty accessories are available in their sweet, tart, and creamy forms. And the SE”Q”RET Room? Well, you’re just going to have to go there and find out!

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

But that’s not all! When you’re finished with your dessert, you can purchase accessories that look just like the sweets you just had. Q-pot.’s goal is to create “positive accessories” that make people smile when they see them. And from what I saw, they did just that! Choose from an array of candied-up accessories (ones-you-ate and ones-you-didn’t) such as necklaces, earrings, rings, charms, key-chains, umbrellas, nail stickers, pouches, phone cases, pins, hair ties and clips, and even randoseru (Japanese children’s school backpacks).

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The accessories are wonderfully detailed. Q-pot. tries to make accessories look as lifelike as possible, so don’t be surprised if people really wonder if you’re wearing an ice cream sandwich around your neck! Once you buy an accessory, chances are they sell the food it’s based on at their location right across the street. So if you’re looking for cute Japanese accessories to go with your mid-day treat, check out the treasures at Q-pot.!

Q-pot CAFE. Location Information

Website | Facebook (English) | Twitter (English) | Instagram (English) | Online Store (from the USA warehouse)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro), 7-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open daily 11:30am – 7:30pm (Last Order 7:00pm)

Estimated Price: Dessert prices range from ¥750 to ¥2400. Accessory prices range from ¥3,600- 28,000.

“Why Go?”: For the super-kawaii!!! accessories, and the delicious treats!

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July 19, 2016 0 comment
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Harajuku street fashion is a culmination of all things weird, trendy, and uniquely Japanese. And the best place to go in Tokyo to get that Harajuku Girl look is Takeshita Street. Not only is this pedestrian street a hub for the culture of youth street fashion, it’s also great fun! During your trip to Tokyo, be sure to check out these spots!

(If you’re worried about the differences in sizing, check out our great article on size conversions here!)

Harajuku Street Fashion: 6% DOKIDOKI

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You can’t miss the pink and pastel exterior of 6% DokiDoki. With ribbons and glitter practically spill right out onto the street, 6% DOKIDOKI is the perfect place to start assembling your Harajuku Girl outfit.

Check out our article on 6% DOKIDOKI here!

 

ACDC Rag

ACDC Rag Harajuku Street Fashion

A fashion mainstay on a street where shops are quick to go out of style. ACDC Rag sells a variety of youth-oriented styles, from Gothic Lolita to punk to hipster. Collaborations with other designers and constant additions to their apparel keeps this brand fresh and exciting.

Check out our ACDC Rag article here!

 

Bubbles

Bubbles Harajuku Street Fashion

Bubbles makes you feel like you’re walking into dollhouse. Everything inside is just so girly! This is the perfect place to go to revamp your wardrobe with pastel sweaters, fuzzy bunny phone cases, and velvet chokers. Make sure to strike a fashionable pose in front of the rose wall!

You can check out this very cute Harajuku Street fashion on the Bubbles Website and Online Store (Google Translate) or check them out on Twitter (via Google Translate) and Instagram.

 

Calbee Plus

Calbee Plus Harajuku Street Fashion

Check out the Calbee Plus shop on Takeshita Street! The menu includes potato chips exclusive to this store, such as freshly-fried potato chips topped with maple syrup, cream cheese, or chocolate. And they have soft ice cream for those hot summer days! Packaged snacks make for delicious souvenirs for friends and family!

Check out our Calbee Plus article here!

Etude House

Etude House Harajuku Street Fashion

Etude House is the perfect place to visit for your makeup needs. This Korean cosmetics brand has a large line of cosmetics for every age and skin type.  Before buying, feel free to test out the products and ask for personalized help from a makeup specialist. You can also go to their in-store studio for a makeup lesson and a custom makeover!

You can see what Etude House has to offer on their Website (via Google Translate). Follow them on social media at Facebook (Japanese only), on Twitter (via Google Translate) , or their Instagram.

Harajuku Alta

Harajuku Alta Harajuku Street Fashion

Harajuku Alta is a multi-level mall containing a large selection of stores that will have you screaming “kawaii!” Favorites include Choco Choco by SWIMMER and the Harajuku Lagrace Mart, where you can find great accessories and shoes. Check out Harajuku Alta’s Website (via Google Translate) to see what’s happening now.

Hysteric Glamour

Like printed tees and denim vests? Hysteric Glamour is the place to go! With a laid-back California aesthetic and a rock ‘n’ roll mindset, this place can help you with a layered grunge look that mixes in that little bit of Japanese something.

Check out our article on Hysteric Glamour here!

Kawaii Monster Cafe

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo JapanIt’s not a clothing store, but no trip to Harajuku is complete without a stop at the Kawaii Monster Cafe. When people think of the crazy fashions, pastel-neon colors, and outrageous nuttiness of that aspect of Japanese culture, this is the place they’re thinking of! The bizarre decor, hyperactive floor shows, and high-speed pop beat is the perfect background for your Facebook and Instagram photos.

Check out our Kawaii Monster Cafe article here!

Lazy Hazy Planet

Lazy Hazy Planet Harajuku Street Fashion

Lazy Hazy Planet runs the gamut of Harajuku Street fashion. Glitter to goth, Levi’s to leather, L.H.P. has seen and done it all. And when you go inside, you realize they have it all! Lazy Hazy Planet is a perfect mix-and-match place to experiment with new looks.

Check out our article on L.H.P. here!

LINE Friends Store

LINE Friends Store Harajuku Street Fashion

Fashion isn’t limited to your clothing! If you use the LINE application, the LINE Friends Store at the end of Takeshita Street is a must-go. You can get your picture taken with Brown, pick up exclusive wear and accessories, and even get the exclusive virtual stickers to show your LINE friends that you were fashionably there.

Check out our LINE Friends Harajuku article here!

Milk

Lolita fashion - Milk Storefront in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Lolita fashion is still alive and well in the Harajuku street fashion scene. For 45 years, Milk has been catering to the Lolita community with a constant stream of frilly and Victorian fashions. Whether you are new to the Lolita idea or a longtime fan, visiting this fashion landmark is always special.

Check out our article on Milk here!

Paris Kid’s

Paris Kids Harajuku Street Fashion

Need some cheap, trendy, and fashionable accessories? Paris Kid’s is the only place to go. the walls are lined with thousands of earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets that will put the finishing touches on your new look. Frequented by young girls and women alike, what keeps people coming back are the prices. None of the accessories or jewelry at this store cost more than 500 yen!

Check out our Paris Kid’s article here and get the discount!

Q-pot CAFE.

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The Q-pot CAFE makes fabulous accessories to round our your wardrobe. And not only that, you can have a taste of the “accessory sweets” they have at the cafe! And the SE”Q”RET room? Well, you’ll just have to go and find out for yourself! Check out our Q-pot CAFE. article here!

Totti Candy Factory

Totti Candy Factory Harajuku Street fashion

You know you’re near the Totti Candy Factory when you start smelling sugar and sweets. Inside this pink polka-dotted shop, you’ll find decorated cake pops and a wall lined with all kinds of candy for your scooping pleasure. Their signature item is made-to-order cotton candy that is make right in front of you! Delicious fun for every age.

Check out the Totti Candy Factory’s Website (Google Translate) or follow them on social media at Twitter (via Google Translate) or on Instagram.

Tutuanna

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It’s so pink and girly and sweet that you’ll have to brush your teeth afterwards. Tutuanna is the place to go for leg wear and socks. Because as we all know, no Harajuku Girl look is complete without pink cat hosiery!

Check out our article on Tutuanna here

WC

WC Harajuku Street Fashion

Bring out your girly and sweet side by visiting WC! This shop is filled with clothes and accessories to match the pastel and neon decor to get you dressing like a true Harajuku Girl. Update your wardrobe with the bunny-eared sweatshirts, cheetah-print backpacks, and velvet jackets that you can only find here!

Check out this Harajuku Street fashion at their Website or check their social media at Twitter (via Google Translate) or Instagram.

Wego

Wego Harajuku Street Fashion

With locations all over Tokyo and Japan, Wego is a testament of how often Harajuku Street fashion shifts from trend to trend. If you want fashion and accessories that will turn you into a street fashionista for a reasonable price, head to Wego!

Check out our article on Wego here!

Wonder Rocket

Wonder Rocket Harajuku Street Fashion

With two locations on Takeshita Street, Wonder Rocket sells Mori-style clothing and accessories ranging from sweet dresses and tops to fuzzy heels and bags. Although they are already reasonably priced, it pays to be on the lookout for Wonder Rocket’s 50% off sales!

Check out what’s going on at Wonder Rocket at their Website (via Google Translate) or on their Facebook (Japanese only), Twitter (via Google Translate), or Instagram.

World Wide Love

World Wide Love Harajuku Tokyo JapanWhere’s the love? It’s at World Wide Love! The brand of the spray-painted smiley face covers your street style fashion needs while never straying too far from whimsy. Check out their great collaborations!

Check out our article on World Wide Love here!

June 20, 2016 0 comment
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Paris Kid’s is one of the most famous fashion stores in Tokyo, located right at the entrance of Harajuku’s Takeshita Street. Every single piece of jewelry I have purchased so far in Tokyo has been from this store. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the store’s owners about the most beloved store in Tokyo’s fashion capital. Read on, because they gave us a special discount for EnAble Japan readers!

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Paris Kid’s was founded 38 years ago, selling accessories outside of the building it currently occupies. The founder, decided to sell accessories because he could fit many of them in the wagon’s small space. On Sundays, the original Paris Kid’s wagon would open up and sell trinkets and fashion accessories to junior high and high school girls.

Today, Paris Kid’s bright pink sign draws tourists as well as teenage girls. Although their original accessories were simpler, Akihiro Miyakoshi, the owner, says they had to adjust quickly to the kooky fashions that put Takeshita Street on the map. Their customers love wacky accessories such as neon hair extensions, giant puffball earrings, and colossal patterned bows. Foreign visitors find items featuring anime characters, Kanji lettering, and their starfish and seashell hair clips and earrings especially appealing.

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Recently, sales of tattoo chokers have spiked, since they’ve been coming back in style. However, not all of their items are so over the top; many of their accessories look delicate and expensive, even though the majority of their inventory sells for ¥324.

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If you aren’t in Japan right now, or are in Japan and can’t make it to Paris Kid’s to get in on the fun, you’re in luck! Paris Kid’s has launched its first online shop (and in English!!).

But if you can stop by the Paris Kid’s store, good news! If you show the following picture at the register, you will receive an 8% discount on your purchase. Now that’s a great accessory!

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Paris Kid’s Store Information

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Rakuten
Nearest Station: 2 minute walk from Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line


Hours of Operation:
Weekdays 10:00am-7:30pm
Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-8:00pm
Estimated Price: Accessories start at ¥324. Don’t forget the discount!
“Why Go?”: Get great accessories at a great price from one of the most famous stores in Tokyo. And you’ll have a great story of your Tokyo trip to go with it!
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June 14, 2016 0 comment
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Beauty Products in Tokyo Featured Image

Japanese beauty products are a thriving market, particularly for skin care and anti-aging products. In addition, Japanese cosmetics have now become one of the most popular souvenirs from Japan. Here are our picks for the best, and where you can go to get them!

 

Top Japanese Beauty Products: Isshin-do Facial Masks

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Get your moisturizer with a fun character mask!

Where: Tokyu Hands and LOFT department stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 900 yen for a 2-mask pack

 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC is the #1 rated cleansing oil in the Japanese beauty products market and is highly regarded in the US.

Where: Marui and Atre department stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 700-1700 yen, depending on size

 

Fancl Active Conditioning Toner and Emulsion

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Famous for being preservative-free, and is perfect for sensitive skin. A toner for men also available.

Where: Marui and LOFT department stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 1500-1900 yen

 

Sekkisei Series Toner

This is a high-quality line of Japanese beauty products distributed under the Kose Cosmetic Company. Voted #1 Toner on many Japanese cosmetic charts by customers and users. Best in moisturizing and whitening skin.

Where: Drug stores and department stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 5000 yen for 200ml, 7500 yen for 360ml

 

Elixir Superieur Series Cleasing Gel and Serum

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Another high-quality line of Japanese beauty products under the Shiseido Company. Best in cleansing and skin tightening.

Where: Drug stores and LOFT department stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 2200 yen for the 140 gram tube of the Cleansing Gel, 8100 yen for a 35ml of the Serum

 
Sana Nameraka Honpo series

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A series of unique soy-based skincare products including cleansing gel, toner, mask and lotion. Reasonable price for a whole set of skin care.

Where: Drug stores and department stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 700-1500 yen for all products

 

Cure Natural Aqua Gel

No. 1 Exfoliating peeling gel in Japan. Deep clean the skin with gentle touch.

Where: Drug stores and department stores
Cost: 2500 yen for a 250 gram bottle.

 

Saborino Beauty Mask Mezamasheet

This mask is your best friend that will help you to get ready in the morning. Apply the mask for 60 seconds. The apple acid will help get rid of the dead cells on your face and the fruit ingredients will provide you a mixture of vitamins. This mask serves best as your makeup base.

Where: PLAZALOFT
Cost: 390 yen (5 sheets/ pack), 1300 yen (20 sheets/ pack)

 

 

Minimum Golden Beauty Bar

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Facial lifting with 24K gold covered bar. One of the most popular domestic Japanese beauty products.

Where: LOFT department stores, Yodobashi Electronic stores (list of store locations at the bottom of the page), and Bic Camera department stores (list of store locations at the bottom of the page) throughout Tokyo
Cost: 19,800 yen

 

Yoji-ya Facial Oil Blotting papers

Founded in 1904, Yoji-ya is one of Kyoto’s famous cosmetics brand. Their facial oil blotting papers has always been the number one best selling and an award-winning product. The papers are made by washi (traditional Japanese paper), which does not contain any powder so it is guaranteed that it will not clog your pores.

Where: Check out the list of stores on their website.
Cost: 330 yen (20 sheets in one pack)

 

Laduree (Les Merveilleuses Laduree)

Laduree, one of the famous patisseries in France has now brought the art of their confectionery onto cosmetics. Their best selling product is the “face color rose Laduree,” primarily a blush that comes in the form of rose petals!

Where: Check the list of stores on their website.

 

Bifesta eye makeup remover

Bifesta eye makeup remover is your best solution to wash off waterproof makeup. It is claimed as one of the top-selling makeup removers in Japan.
Where: Tokyu hands, drug stores, PLAZA,LOFT stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 850 yen for 145ml

 

Pelican DEITANSEKI clay & charcoal series

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The clay & charcoal series include non-silicone shampoo and conditioner, face and body soap. One of the most popular products is the peat stone face soap, as the micro-pore active ingredients in charcoal will leave your skin bright and clean.

Where: LOFT department stores, drug stores throughout Tokyo.
Cost: 150-2200 yen for all products

 

Kailijumei lipstick

Although based in China, Kailijumei’s flower-jelly lipsticks have gone viral in Japan and also overseas. The lipstick bullet is transparent but it has a real flower inside plus sprinkles of gold. When applied onto your lip, it magically changes the color. This sure is one of the most gorgeous lipsticks you’ll ever find.

Where: Tokyu Hands stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 1800 yen + tax

 

KISS ME Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara Advanced film

This is known to be one of the top Japanese brand mascara ever since. It is smudge-proof, waterproof and can be removed easily with facial soap. Also, it will make your eyelashes look naturally longer and thicker.

Where: PLAZALOFT , Don Quijote , drug stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 1200 yen + tax

 

Rosette Face Washing Paste 

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Rosette Face Washing Paste comes in various colors to treat different skin types. The paste includes sulfur, which helps treat acne and smoothens your face.

Where:Tokyu Hands  stores, drug stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 423 yen

 

Kanebo Milano Collection Face powder

As one of the brands under Kanebo, the Milano Collection is ranked as the most popular face powder for the last eight years. The face powder contains SPF14 PA++, which will protect your face from UV as well as keeping your skin smooth and bright.

Where: Drug stores throughout Tokyo (reservations available)
Cost: 12000 yen + tax

 

MAQuillAGE Dramatic Lip Treatment

MAQuillaGE’s Dramatic Lip Treatment is formulated with adhesive rich oil that will keep your lips moistened throughout the day.

Where: Department stores, PLAZA stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 2000 yen

 

Shisedo Anessa, Essence UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster SPF50+ PA++++

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This waterproof sunscreen ensures a long-lasting protection for your face and body against UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen won’t make your skin sticky so it can be easily removed with face wash and body soap.

Where: Drug stores, LOFT stores throughout Tokyo
Cost: 1620 yen for 25ml, 3240 yen for 60ml

 

Kracie Ichikami Hair Products

The Ichikami hair series consists of Japanese botanical essences that help prevent further damages to your hair as well as repair existing damages.

Where: Drug stores throughout Tokyo

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April 12, 2016 0 comment
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Shopping Plaza on Takeshita-dori, Harajuku, Tokyo

Pop icons like Gwen Stefani and movies like Lost in Translation have elevated Harajuku and Omotesando to superstar status. Media portrayal of the area may lead you to expect nothing more than hoards or lolita girls with frilled parasols and layers of petticoats with carousel and cakes themes, or maybe even the darker side of “goth lolita.” But the culture and atmosphere of Harajuku and Omotesando is so varied and deep that a whole day really should be dedicated to it lest you miss something that you will never forget.

Before we get started, check out our video guide to Harajuku!

 

 To begin your journey, exit JR Yamanote Line’s Harajuku Station and start your day with an exploration of Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine tucked away in an enormous swath of trees. An interesting place for people watching, you can often catch sight of a Japanese-style wedding party as you head towards the shrine. Though the shrine itself is often crowded with visitors who have come to pray or buy good luck charms, you can find quiet pockets where you can enjoy views of Shinjuku’s skyscrapers if you take some extra time to explore the nooks and crannies of the shrine grounds.

Meiji Jingu Shrine harajuku and omotesando

Meiji Jingu shrine building, harajuku and omotesando

Hand washing at Meiji Jingu, harajuku and omotesando

Entrance to Meiji Jingu Shrine harajuku and omotesando

Omikuji, Meiji Jingu shrine, harajuku and omotesando

Meiji Jingu Shrine harajuku and omotesando

When you feel energized and ready to tackle the vibrant and often jam-packed streets of Harajuku, head back towards Harajuku Station, cross the street and turn left. When you walk through the arch of Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori (with an LED screen to welcome you in full regalia to boot) what will first hit you is not the fashion. Instead it is the sheer amount of pink, on the sides of the buildings and in the shops and on the people.

Shopping Plaza on Takeshita-dori, harajuku and omotesando

The highlights of Takeshita-dori are definitely in the super kawaii lolita and accessory shops that line the street. After stopping by Milk, one of the top lolita shops in Harajuku, head to Body Line, located on the second floor about halfway down the street. Body Line has a long and storied history and a strong and dedicated band of followers. Their clientele knows that Body Line is not a place for cheap deals and steals. Rather, Body Line is a place where you will get the best quality handmade garments around.

Another great spot to hit up on Takeshita-dori is the chain store Tutuanna. This hosiery store has everything from socks designed to be hidden under your high heels to special control top shapewear, plus some of the most unique stockings you will be able to find in Harajuku.

Tutuanna on Takeshita-dori, harajuku and omotesando

If you’re in the mood for a snack, Takeshita-dori is lined with famous crepe shops. We recommend Marion Crepes since it’s been filling happy bellies since 1976, but you really can’t go wrong wherever you stop. Though you can always opt for a savory crepe, doesn’t a warm, freshly baked crepe filled with a slice of cheesecake and ice cream sound so much better? After all, why go to Harajuku if you don’t want to experience the unicorn princess lifestyle? So dig into all of the parfaits, flavored popcorn, and chocolates you can find!

Crepe Stand, harajuku and omotesando

The last few steps of Takeshita-dori is where you can find the hipster and new age grunge fashions that are recently gaining popularity in the Tokyo fashion world. As you exit Takeshita-dori, you move into Omotesando, an eye-opening experience after emerging from the crowded and cramped Harajuku. The main highway-like roads are four lanes wide and people move from street to street in Shibuya-style masses. Stores like Forever 21 and H&M stand three or four stories tall and the sidewalks are gently shaded with rows of leafy trees. In a way, it almost feels like New York’s Soho nestled itself in the middle of a park. Despite both Harajuku and Omotesando having a commercial appearance, there is a treasure trove of little backstreets and exclusive boutiques to explore.

For a more laid-back and adult version of Takeshita-dori, try walking along Cat Street. To find it, take the street right next to the impressive five story shopping mall Gyre, and a hidden village-like walkway will open up to you. You’ll not only find several recognizable brand name shops like Adidas and Keene, but also Japan-exclusive stores.Ragtag, for example, hosts one of the widest selection of vintage and secondhand women’s and men’s clothing and home furnishings selection around. Although the prices at Ragtag are nowhere as cheap as you will find at Salvation Army or Goodwill, this place is a great store to walk away with some vintage Japanese and foreign designer labels.

Cat Street, Harajuku, harajuku and omotesando

Cat Street is good at hiding the best gems Omotesando has to offer, so keep your eyes peeled. What looks like a whitewashed garden gate is actually one of the best doughnut and bagel places in Omotesando, and be sure to walk up to the second level of the various buildings to find boutiques that may have only 25 or 30 items at most for sale. (For more unique ideas on where to shop, visit our Cat Street shopping guide.)

And Omotesando isn’t just about fashion. Whether you are 5 or 50, who can resist a quirky, wild and out there toy store? For both the innovative and the cute, take a stop by Kiddyland. With five floors to explore, the kid in you can run rampant, play with legos, look at Star Wars stuff, and hang out with Hello Kitty. Each floor is dedicated to a different genre and it’s like living Rudolph’s The Island of Misfit Toys, but so much happier! Dive headfirst into The Peanuts, anything Studio Ghibli, Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Gundam, Lego, and essentially every other kind of toy you can think of!

Omotesando Hills harajuku and omotesando

Omotesando Hills shopping complex

Aside from shopping, Omotesando is a great place to enjoy a snack. If you are still coming down from your sugar high after Takeshita-dori, grab a California-style avocado burger or Cesar salad from one of the many cafes and bars that line the street. Another alternative is Mos Cafe, which is like everyone’s favorite burger joint Mos Burger, but with a wider menu and delicious handcrafted salads and bento dishes.

If you have a hardcore sweet tooth, the handmade candy shop Candy Showtime turns gargantuan logs of spun sugar into little droplets of candy art right in front of your eyes. Also, get in on the latest food trend sweeping the Japanese nation: popcorn!! You will see lines two blocks deep of fans waiting to get a taste of KuKuRuZa Popcorn and it is highly suggested that you go and see what all the fuss is about!

Heiroku Sushi harajuku and omotesando

Whatever you choose to do in Harajuku and Omotesando, just keep one thing in mind: while it is a blast to see the major landmarks and famous establishments, this area of Tokyo has such a rich fashion and cultural history that it would be a shame to just stay on the beaten path. Make the experience your own and explore the never-ending back streets and tiny alleys where the true fashion and culinary delights are to be found. That way you will be able to carry away with you a piece of Harajuku and Omotesando that is truly yours. So get out to Harajuku and Omotesando and have fun!

If you’re looking for more shopping ideas in Omotesando, visit Omotesando on a Budget: 5 Must-Visit Shops and Cafes.

Note: To go directly into the heart of Omotesando, head to the Tokyo Metro’s Omotesando station instead. Either place is extremely easy to get to and if you are unfamiliar with the kanji for Omotesando and Harajuku, most signs will also have English incorporated so you will be good to go!

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Assist Harajuku shopping Tokyo Japan

Assist On Harajuku shopping Tokyo Japan

Have you ever been on the internet and saw some kind of wacky invention from Japan and thought, “Who makes this stuff?” or more importantly, “Where can I buy this stuff?” Of course the answer to the latter question can be found just off the wacky and wild Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Beyond the fashion boutiques in this area that is filled with plastic parfait earrings and Barbie doll head necklaces, you can find the mecca where you can buy all of “that stuff” you have heard legends and tales about. The equally bizarrely named Assist On/a++ is past the famous Takeshita-dori and on the halfway point between Harajuku and Omotesando, Meiji-dori. In this small grotto of a shop specializing in all things odd, weird, and strangely cute you can be sure to find a tool to make your life all that much more interesting and (hopefully) helpful.

If you have seen the ubiquitous “Ostrich Pillow,” this is the kind of place that would have it (and they do)! If you want a little do dad for your home, office, school, dorm room, or any place that needs an injection of ease and help then Assist On/a++ should have something to help you out! Although the items for sale in the Harajuku shop may tend to lean towards the bizarre in terms of their purpose, they way everything looks is actually beautiful. The shape and style of each item is simple and clean. For example, a letter opener takes the shape of a mod little song bird or thumbtacks with tops in the shape of tiny sprouts that come in a box with brown foam to simulate a garden. Assist On/a++ also has a variety of items to keep all of your technology neat and organized. Items range from rubber coils with miniature face that are designed to keep wires separate and untangled to water proof smartphone cases with an attachable stand so that when you are using your phone for a recipe there will be no fear of that marinara sauce doing any damage to your phone.

The kids can benefit from the items for sale at Assist On/A++ too! If you have had a fear that your child will take a tumble on the train because they can’t reach the handles over their head, Assist On/a++ has one for sale that you can attach to your bag! You can also get them a lampshade in the shape of a friendly ghost that emits a soft light that is perfect for bed time (this one is also great for the kid at heart).

If you are looking for those particular kinds of wacky and weird gadgets that you have heard of on the internet then head to Harajuku and give Assist On/a++ a visit!

Assist On Harajuku shopping Tokyo Japan

Assist On/A++ Harajuku Store Information

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Nearest Station: 13-minute walk from Harajuku JR station (JR Yamanote Line)

 

Hours of Operation: 11:30 am to 7:30 pm daily.

“Why Go?”: You can get the weird stuff!

October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Hosiery and accessories at Avantgarde Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Some of the most interesting shops in the Omotesando and Harajuku area of Tokyo are the specialty stores and boutiques. For example, Kiddy Land in Omotesando is a miniature paradise of all things toys, games, and trinkets while Candy Showtime sells only one product, but does it exceptionally well.

But in terms of fashion, there is no lack of specialty stores in the Harajuku and Omotesando area. Sure you can get yourself to Claire’s on Takeshita-dori, but deep in the backstreets of Omotesando and down a neon pink and Christmas light illuminated stair case, you will find AVANTGARDE Harajuku where you can get hosiery and accessories with a little bit of edge.

Hosiery and accessories at Avantgarde Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Despite the lack of obvious signage, it’s impossible to miss AVANTGARDE with the stocking-covered mannequin legs outside. Once you go down the neon pink staircase, get ready to be amazed. The interior is filled with racks of stockings hanging neatly among life size polar bear stuffed animals and mannequins in various states of undress. Among the racks of tights and stockings, you can find styles of stockings that you never could have imagined, including stockings encrusted with real semi-precious stones as well as glittering appliques and pinstripe varieties. If that isn’t enough for you, you can also purchase a wide variety of “tattoo” tights that have recently grown in popularity. Pick from their Disney collaboration style of tattoo tights or go for a more classic American style of tattoo tights with hearts, roses, and skulls. Their variety in styles and tastes applies to their selection of leggings and socks as well with offerings such as transparent socks and faux snake skin leggings.

AVANTGARDE Harajuku is also known for their outlandish and one-of-a-kind accessories that surprise as well as intrigue. At this unique boutique, you can find a variety of harnesses, chokers, and garter belts that are suitable to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe since they are playfully soft core in their appearance. They also have a wide range of hair accessories that range from beanies to mesh masks to reflective head bands. Odd and quirky jewelry does not escape the fashion eye of AVANTGARDE Harajuku. You can get squishy jellyfish rings and pentacle earrings in a variety of colors, just for starters.

When walking the back streets of Omotesando, be sure to keep an eye out for AVANTGARDE Harajuku for a little something off the beaten path when it comes to tights, leggings, and accessories!

For more ideas on unique things to buy and do in Omotesando, visit our article Omotesando on a Budget: 5 Must-Visit Shops and Cafes. For men’s fashion, we gathered our top 5 recommendations in Top 5 Men’s Clothing Shops in Omotesando and Harajuku.

Address:B1F, 3-22-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6691904, 139.707391176
Telephone:03 – 6804 – 3739
Web: http://www.avantgardejapan.com/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:11:00 – 20:00
Thursday:11:00 – 20:00
Friday:11:00 – 20:00
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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TinTin

The popularity of Tintin around the world is an absolutely a wonderful phenomenon. The baby faced, blue sweater-wearing hero is a heart-warming presence that has lasted through the decades. For more than 100 years, thousands of kids and adults alike have found solace in the boy detective’s wit and ability to always save the day.

And Japan loves Tintin too! Just past the fabulous Omotesando Hills and down the street from the Tokyo Metro’s Omotesando station is The Tintin Shop where you can find anything and everything about Herge’s creation. No matter your budget, you will be able to find something to take home for yourself or as a gift for your favorite Adventures of Tintin fan!

The shop in Omotesando is decorated with Tintin and his faithful side kick, Snowy, peeking around the corner. Stepping inside is almost like stepping into the comic book itself, with everything popping out in full adventurous glory. Every corner is filled to the brim, so you will be sure to find something whimsical that suits your needs! If your smart phone is feeling a little naked and unadventurous, then be sure to check out the accessories area where you can find cases, themed headphones, and a variety of straps to deck your phone out!

The Tintin Shop has a many daily life accessories as well. You can get character-themed towels, umbrellas, t-shirts, or even a Tintin-themed watch or a tiny Snowy charm bracelet. Unique jewelry and accessories are also available, such as (our favorite) a hat pin with the Haddock insignia.

Fans old and new can discover the adventures of the boy hero through a multitude of media. The shop has reprinted bound books of old Tintin cartoons that you can read again and again as well as DVD box sets of the television series and the movie (in a variety of languages as well). The kids will love the selection of toys and games that range from complex jigsaw puzzles and fluffy Snowy plush toys.

If you are walking in the Omotesando area and are looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of one of Tokyo’s best shopping districts, take a trip to The Tintin Shop!

Tintin Shop Location Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Facebook (Japanese) | Twitter (Japanese)

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Meijijingu-mae Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Map (center) (click on map for Google Map walking directions) (give an address, I’ll make the map)

Hours of Operation: Weekdays 11am – 7pm; Weekends and Holidays 10:30 am – 7pm.

“Why Go?”: A must for the Tintin fan in Tokyo!

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