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Turning Japanese, Part 3

Monday, September 25, 2006

Subtitle: Oh My Goodness, Best Store Ever!

On Friday night, Mike convinced me that even the sickly need fresh air and took me out to dinner at the Plaza Singapura mall. I did my best not to cough all over the mapo doufu while I filled him in on all my Tokyo shopping research, in particular how it was imperative that we check out a bunch of 100 Yen stores, the universally beloved dollar stores in Japan, which apparently have fantastical things like Hello Kitty chopsticks.

And then, on the way out of the mall, we just happened to pass a brand-new branch of Daiso, reportedly the very best of the 100 Yen stores (at least according to Lucky mag, and they are never wrong, except maybe about paperbag-waist skirts. I'm still not convinced about those.)

Anyway! It seems the Japanese 100 Yen store can also be found in Singapore, rebranded as a S$2 store (that's about USS1.25) and full of amazing things. We could have spent the rest of the night there, but they kicked us out when it closed. I am planning an immediate return trip, for more pretty little dishes and unusual home tools and funky desk supplies and all the millions of things they managed to pack into this store. It's a crafty person's dream. You will not be disappointed. (Er, I hope.) Here are a few things I picked up, and a few snaps from around the store.

Even the silliest things look cool when repackaged by the Japanese:


I picked up these little dishes, perfect for serving nuts or candies or just looking nice:


Of course there was a Hello Kitty section:


And… of course I bought myself a little plastic Hello Kitty case.


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16 comments :

samantha said...

hey...i havent gone to the one at plaza singapura...but you have to go to the one at IMM,Jurong. Its really big and have so much more stuff i think...

shoobydoo said...

Wow, that shop looks so fun! Unfortunately those kind of shops here in the UK seem to be filled with various plastic storage boxes or strange china elephants (at least the one near me does!)

Anonymous said...

daiso has been around for quite awhile, there's a huge one at IMM, Jurong. - for those in Singapore.

Jennifer said...

I love the Daiso in Vancouver, Canada! I had quite the same reaction when I discovered it - love the last pic! The colourful and artful arrangment of the shelves was too much fun. I even bought that same blue dish! (the one on the top left - I use it for soy sauce).

IMEDAGOZE said...

I've been to the one at IMM a few times, but I didn't know they're opening another one in plz singapura. Thanks for the tip!

missc said...

I've been to the Daiso in Vancouver, and I lovelovelove it. I've picked up everything from striped tights to salad forks.

Anonymous said...

do visit the scrapbooking shop @ plaza sin just below daiso. it's called made with love. i think u'll like it too... =)

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