Here’s a little and very shaky video that I made in Tokyo with a toy 8mm camera from Tokyu Hands.
I thought I’d wrap up a final post covering one of the best parts of our trip to Japan: the shopping. Thankfully I carried my suitcase half empty.
My favourite store that I visited was Little Trip to Heaven in Shimokitazawa, a carefully curated vintage store with great clothes at decent prices and the cutest staff ever. The place was like a dream and I bought a 60s dress and a cotton shirt. Shimokitazawa was my favourite part of Tokyo, with its vintage shops, cafes and relaxing atmosphere. In Shimokita I also visited the Marble Sud shop where I bought a cat t-shirt and their mook that came with a free bag.
I went absolutely crazy for a while at Jane Marple in Osaka, where I told Dave I was going “just to take a look” and came out with the Candy Wrapper skirt in black (this print) and this cardigan. And then freaked out in bed that night regretting it.
I paid two different visits to Frapbois in Kyoto and Tokyo, and two visits to Bulle de Savon where I bought I am I‘s infamous kitty shoes, a striped Fig London skirt I’ve been wearing all the time since, and a pleated dress from Dots and Stripes.
In general all the staff was super nice and welcoming, I had heard horror stories about lolita brand stores’s staff being super mean to foreigners but all of my experiences were great. Most of the girls didn’t speak much english, but were very friendly and would get so excited when I spoke words and short sentences in poor japanese and ask us where we were from etcetera. Barcelona was always received with gasps followed by “I want to visit!” or “Sagrada Familia!”. On the last day the girl at the Frapbois Zoo pop-up store in Shinjuku JR station asked if I was living in Japan because my japanese was so good, there’s a limit to how much you should suck up to the customer…