5 Shops to Overindulge In
When you reach a certain age, sensible items dominate your shopping lists: a simple pair of earrings, black ballet flats… a wristwatch. But sometimes, you just can’t resist the bright and sparkly things. Maybe you start off with a pair of cat eye glasses, then a My Little Pony scrunchy, and then a—who are we kidding? Who doesn’t want to layer, who doesn’t want to sparkle, who doesn’t want MORE!? Whether you’re piling it on for a Decora co-ord or you’re in a post-pay day haze, The COMM’s got you covered with a list of shops perfect for indulging in. You know what they say: the more the merrier!
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Established in 1977 right in the heart of Takeshita Dori, Paris Kid’s is the go-to store for super kawaii accessories. The best part about this shop is that it sells a wide range of accessories like velvet scrunchies, delicate pearl earrings, and patterned fabric headbands—each for a mere 300 yen! What more could you ask for??
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It’s impossible not to notice the hot pink building with a yellow staircase right in the middle of Harajuku! Since 1995, 6%DOKIDOKI has offered the craziest collection of clothing and accessories in Tokyo. The store incorporates a bright and fun mix of colours with extravagant patterns that you just can’t find anywhere else. 6%DOKIDOKI is perfect for those who don’t mind a bit of attention, and the best of all, they ship worldwide!
If you’re feeling nostalgic for collectibles popular between the 1980s and early 2000s Spiral Toy is the place for you! Spiral Toy offers a wide collection of zakka (miscellaneous goods) with a distinctly American taste. The shop’s hand-selected goods range from antique dolls to vintage toys, and many more. A short visit to Spiral Toy will surely send you back down memory lane!
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If you’re ever in Osaka, Anpontan is a must! Anpontan’s concept is based entirely on 80s and 90s American pop culture. Imagine a roomful of some of the coolest vintage jean jackets, funky tartan trousers, and flashy character sweatshirts you’ve ever seenーsounds like a thrifter’s dream, right? Anpontan is a paradise for vintage enthusiasts and anyone looking to add a little bit of colour to their lives.
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Saving the best for last, Nijiro Ponic is truly one of a kind. The store is located in Shinsaibashi, Osaka, and offers the most adorable collection of zakka ever! A shopping trip to Nijiro Ponic is like walking into a fairytale; the store is surrounded by cute unicorn figurines and soft stuffed animals! And just in case you haven’t already been convinced to book your ticket, all shop items come in bubblegum pastel colours—a community favourite! Nijiro Ponic regularly sets up pop-up stores in various cities across Japan, so be sure to check out their social media for the latest information!
Written by Vania.