Another week has gone already. Most of mine was spent in Tokyo which was lovely and most definitely needed and sure, I found perhaps the most widely talked-about Daiso in Japan, but to be honest, it wasn’t my favourite.
Where am I talking about?
The Takeshita-Dori branch located in Harajuku.
As a side note, for those of you who aren’t familiar with Japan or just Japanese pop culture and fashion in general, Harajuku is THE fashion mecca of the country and a significant place in the world too for anyone interested in those things. It’s where the weird and wonderful and all that’s in-between blends with the beautiful, creative and highly imaginative worlds of the people who inhabit and visit the area.
Anyway, where was I?
Oh, yes, describing the shop itself.
It’s multi-leveled and to be brutally honest, no different from any other Daiso in my opinion. Unlike other branches though, I don’t like the vibe. It feels funny and rather than the light, bright and cheery mood usually associated with Daiso, going up the stairs on the first floor made me dark and gloomy. I guess the Halloween products didn’t help, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
Instead, my favourite branch of Daiso in Tokyo is the one I stumbled upon in the Tokyo Skytree Solamachi or Skytree Town building. It’s great. It still feels shiny and new and yet, it sells all your (and my) favourite products at the same prices.
Actually, I found while I was in Tokyo that I spent more time in 100 yen chains other than Daiso. I couldn’t find what I wanted there, so I went elsewhere.
I was specifically looking for that black eyeliner pencil that I talked about back in Chapter 2.
And not just in one branch, but ALL the branches.
It’s like the ‘anpan’ of Daiso: it apparently exists, but you can’t seem to find it anywhere. If you have NO IDEA what I’m talking about, you need to get yourself over to the GetHiroshima website and look for my konbini column. No, I’m not giving you direct links, do a bit of your own research or try typing in, ‘missing anpan GetHiroshima’ into a Google search. You’ll find it.
Whatever the case, I’d had enough of not being able to find it, so I said, “Fuck this,” to Daiso and went to Can Do instead.
Okay, I didn’t say that, but I did think it and I only went to Can Do because I happened to be going past one and decided I was sick of looking like a tired and washed-out woman with six kids (due to my lack of eyeliner).
I was super pumped to find coloured eyeliner in shades of orange and purple, so of course I bought both. I also found what claimed to be a black eyeliner pencil, but despite the name, it’s absolutely eyeliner and nothing like a pencil.
Anyone and everyone who knows me, knows I cannot draw to save my life (ask my students!) and this includes using eyeliner. Hence, why I buy and use pencil; it’s easier to erase!
It’s my fault really; I seem to have, ‘misplaced,’ my eye pencil which, translated in English or Japanese means, ‘lost,’ and thus, if I hadn’t have lost it, I wouldn’t need to buy a new one. Then again, if I didn’t have to buy a new one, nearly this entire chapter wouldn’t have a need to exist. So possibly, I was supposed to lose it so I would be forced to get out of my, ‘Daiso comfort zone,’ and explore new possibilities.
Or… maybe it’s a sign I need to practice drawing more.
Either way, I quite enjoyed my little adventure in a place other than Daiso. Daiso and Hiroshima are very similar for me: easy to navigate, very comfortable and not challenging me in any way, shape or form at the moment. Tokyo and Can Do and other chains were just what I needed last weekend.
Next week I’ll be reporting on all things Halloween! Make sure you get down to your local Daiso to pick up some awesome supplies for your costume!
Until then… insert witty quote here.