Here it is, the very first post of my very first blog series.
I thought I would start on a positive note and write about something I like, rather, love, 100 yen shops.
I was always a fan of thrifty shopping when I lived in Canada, dollar stores included but now that I’ve experienced the Japanese equivalent to dollar stores, places like Dollarama can’t compare.
First of all, you can find absolutely everything you need and then some at 100 yen shops. I’m sure the Canadian dollar store merchandise and the Japanese 100 yen shop merchandise is all manufactured in the same place by the same people but the quality just seems better. There also seems to be much more to choose from.
When people are moving to Japan I always suggest that they go to Daiso or the equivalent for household supplies like dishes, cups and storage. When I first came I bought everything I needed there and still go there when I’m in need of cosmetic accessories and containers.
100 yen shops even carry food. Noodles, pastas, drinks and snacks are just a few of the things you can find. There are even 100 yen shops that specialize in food including produce. 99 and Lawson 100 are a few of my favorites.
They say that Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities to live in but there are lots of ways to cut costs without having to starve yourself or deny yourself of entertainment.
So here’s to the Daiso’s and the 100 yen shops of Japan. I salute you.