My favorite thing when it comes to shopping in Japan: 100円 stores!! (that’s another sign for Japanese yen). Would I be able to find one within walking distance of my house? We’ve lived at this address for a month and a half and I haven’t seen anything resembling one, but a lot of times they’re only labeled in Japanese characters so how would I know?
OF COURSE I was most interested in the 100円 store, called Daiso. These are like dollar stores, except…you know…it’s yen. My friend Kelly and I went to a five-story hundred yen store in Machita last week, but that’s several train stops from here and it is very convenient to have a smaller one nearby. Look at these nice portable ashtrays (100% Honey…??). Other things at the hundred yen store: shelves and shelves of dishes, fancy chopsticks, obscene-looking plastic “Banana Keeper” cases, gloves and socks, organic dirt, gardening and kitchen tools, nail pens and decals, toys, sponges, toilet seat sleeves, packs of dried seaweed, curtains…and tons handy stuff you didn’t know existed!