Whatever you may say about Tokyo, whether you like it or not, it’s a great place to shop. For selection not bargains; there is lots of stuff you just won’t find anywhere else.
I thought I should pick up something for my kids, so I went to Kiddy Land near Omotesando; it’s pretty amazing. When you walk in it seems kind of cramped, but then you realize that it’s five or six stories tall. There’s some really original stuff, but most toys these days are related to a movie or a TV show or whatever. I got the boy a couple of cool T-shirts which I suppose are related to something but I had no idea what it was; he liked them. For the baby girl, I got a stuffed Totoro the size of her head; it’s adorable, another success.
Kiddy Land was good but that part of Tokyo is boring; luxury designer stores you can find in any prosperous city. Later that day we visited Asakusa (it’s already appeared in this illustrated series). Here are a couple of shots from the temple complex.
Just outside the covered market, we found a store that was essentially a Studio Ghibli specialist. I feel a little hypocritical because I run screaming in the other direction when I see a Disney store in a mall; how can this be different?
Well, it was in a nothing location, not a mall. It was a hole-in-the-wall, not spacious or gleaming. And they had the cutest stuff; lots of variations on Totoro, but other stuff too, my favorite were the little black fuzzy things with eyes, the coal-carriers from Spirited Away.