Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Shopping in Tokyo, and what to buy at Tokyu Hands in Shibuya



It's spring break and soon all the cherry blossoms will be out in Japan, so practically half of the traveling population in Asian cities like Hong Kong and Manila seem to be in Tokyo, eating at fine restaurants, shopping all over the city, and basically doing their bit to raise the GDP of Japan.

We have our fair share of friends from these cities over this week -- in fact I've lost count of how many people I know are in town -- so it's been one enjoyable lunch and dinner after another, in Tokyo, living a #Travelife.

WHERE TO SHOP
IN TOKYO


Invariably, almost everyone wants to make a stop at Tokyu Hands -- that store that sells everything and anything under one roof.

"Is it like Sharper Image?" One of my friends asked last night, over a sukiyaki dinner. We were a group of ten from Manila eating in a popular Tokyo restaurant, and incidentally we'd bumped into other friends visiting from Manila just a few tables away.

I replied: "It's Sharper Image and a couple of other stores put together in one."

Scroll down to read more about shopping at Tokyu Hands in Tokyo... 


WHAT IS TOKYU HANDS

It's really hard to describe Tokyu Hands, so I always say this instead: "It's the kind of store that sells everything you never knew you wanted or needed until then."

It's true.

I'm lucky to (think that I) have (almost) everything I want or need in life. Or maybe I just need or want less than most other people? I can hear my friends giggling here...

The Range Rover Autobiography model

Yes, I have almost everything I want except perhaps for a few more Issey Miyake dressesthat top-of-the-line Range Rover Autobiography model I'm lusting over and a very nice house with a huge garden in a certain zip code. 

Oh yes, and a painting from the Andres Barrioquinto kimono series which I can't seem to get my hands on. 

But these are things that fall under the "wants" category rather than the "needs," so I'm not sure about the timeline for any of these.

TOO MANY CLOTHES, BAGS
AND LUGGAGE

In fact, someone (obviously not female in gender) keeps saying I have way too many clothes, bags and shoes -- and certainly way too many luggage for my storage rooms. Of course. I'm living a #Travelife and I need lots luggage.

And as every girl will tell you, there really is no such thing as too many clothes, bags, and shoes.


NOTHING LEFT ON MY SHOPPING LIST.
EXCEPT WHEN I GO TO TOKYU HANDS

So there's nothing I really have left on my shopping list. In fact, when someone asks me what I want for Christmas or a birthday, I actually don't know what to answer as there's nothing I actually want.

But the funny thing is, whenever I go to Tokyu Hands, which is so irritatingly near my house that it's actually several thousand healthy steps away on my FitBit through a nice quiet neighbourhood, I find about two dozen things I never knew I needed but now just have to have.

THE THINGS YOU FIND
ON TOKYU HANDS


Just yesterday, for instance, I was at Tokyu Hands in Shibuya to buy a 99% coverage SPF hat (990 yen and up) to bring on trips to Switzerland, Israel and Iceland in a couple of months. There are about two dozen choices for these, by the way, and so I loaded up on these 99% SPF coverage hats as I lose these at the rate of one hat per trip.

Then I found some funny looking slippers (3000 yen), angled diagonally and short at the end. I asked the salesman: "What are these?"

He replied: "Oh, they're for stretching the backs of your legs while you're cooking dinner or walking around the house." Just what I needed. Tick that one off my shopping list.


A FACIAL COOL PATTER
TO CLOSE PORES
AND A WALL STICKER OF THE SEA

In another corner, a lady was selling a face patter made from a natural stone called terra cyte that's supposed to do wonders for your muscles and skin.

You dip it in hot water for a few seconds and it turns into a heat compress. And then you dip it in ice water and it turns into the best little gadget that's ever happened to your pores. At 60,000 yen for this handheld face gadget, thoough, it had better to be.

But perhaps the most interesting item on this visit was a wall sticker of a window with a view of the sea and some coastline (7000 yen) that really did look like the sea and some coastline. I could actually imagine sticking it on some white wall in my house and honestly feeling I suddenly had a window looking out to somewhere in Greece, living a #Travelife.


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