Takeshita Shopping Street © Jojie Alcantara
There is no such thing as fashion overstatement, being out of style, underdressed or over the top in Takeshita Shopping Street (Takeshita-dori), a narrow pedestrian road lined with cafes and trendy boutiques with all kinds of fashion buys imaginable, in Harajuku. Filled with inexpensive clothing shops and the most outrageous shoppings finds, Takeshita-dori is a mecca for Tokyo teens and cosplayers.
Young Tokyoites and curious tourists walk along this jampacked street to be seen or just to be able to sashay down in the most creative outfits imaginable. For photographers like me, it is street heaven. I can stay here for hours just shooting, people watching…. or playing the “Where’s Waldo?” game.
Among the famous shops located here is Daiso Harajuku, one of the largest 100-Yen shops in Tokyo, with amazing cheap finds. Located at the heart of Takeshita-dori’s busiest street, this store is one of Daiso’s largest, and sells merchandise across four levels. Tourists and locals alike flock here for a cool and unbelievable array of souvenir items to shop till you drop. I mean it. With four floors of exciting stuff to discover at a fraction of a price, you cannot go into Daiso without walking out armed with treasure finds at 100 yen each.
A review explains it this way: “Not only will you find what you’re looking for, but you’re also likely to find a lot more things that you never knew you needed.” Haha, exactly my sentiment. I went home with six five-fingered black socks when I don’t even like wearing sneakers or closed shoes. 😀
In my hometown of Davao City, Daiso is located at the 3rd floor of Robinsons Abreeza Mall. It is my personal shopping therapy store.
But shopping need not take you to places like malls and downtown street shops. You can find good, affordable fab finds online as well. As I am into shirts and any comfy cotton top to wear, I like shopping online in Zalora Philippines which carries shirts from local and international brands.
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This is the airline’s 4th route between Japan and the Philippines. CEB’s Cebu-Narita service is aimed at boosting tourist arrivals into Cebu and Tokyo, with lowest year-round fares starting at PHP7,388 with no fuel surcharges. It is the only low-cost carrier operating this route.
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