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By Mono on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 4:44 pm:
Hi everyone. I don't know where to post my message because it's about both food and arts & craft....
I am looking for stores in Tokyo area that sell seasonal items such as Halloween treats, decoration, and cooking supplies. I have ordered a couple of things from Foregin Buyers Club and have been to Kiddy Land and Tokyu Hands, but would like to shop around more.
I'm planning to go to Toysrus soon. Does anyone know of other good places to shop for Halloween and other seasonal items?
I am also planning to go to Shimojima. They specializes on office supplies, but they have many arts & craft items, (store)decorations, some food and more.
Shimojima main page:
Seasonal Items page - Halloween:
List of Shimojima Stores:
(click where it says B3 to 5F)
By Cornelia on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 8:31 pm:
Thanks for starting this new conversation. Shimojima stores are listed at: Entertainment - Kids' Parties (inclusive of street addresses) http://www.tokyowithkids.com/discussions/messages/8/676.html
Shopping for "Seasonal" stuff for Western holidays is rather haphazard. Christmas stuff is probably the easiest. All the big department stores carry a huge amount of cool things from Europe as well as the USA. Wandering around in Ginza you often stumble upon things by accident.
Meidiya food stores carry a bit of this and that. There are a few bakeries that specialize in gingerbread houses which you can order in advance. I don't think there is any one place where you can find it all! I bought a tiara (with blinking lights) for my daughter's Halloween costume at Seibu department store in the "Loft" section once.
Easter basically is very hard, and so is US style Valentine's Day (where everything comes in the shape of a heart).
By Mono on Thursday, October 2, 2003 - 11:24 am:
Oops, I apologize for posting the same information. I should go through the pages more carefully.
Thank you for telling me about Meidiya and Loft! I live in the Kanto area but not in Tokyo, so I really don't know much about the stores many of you find "obvious."
I went to Joyful-2, the arts & craft store/division of Joyful Honda last weekend in hopes of finding some Halloween items. They didn't have any (ouch!), but they already had lots of Christmas trees, decorations, and craft items on sale.
Christmas is pretty much part of Japanese people's lives, and I guess Halloween is becoming very popular here as well. I heard a lot of "shoten-gai"s are using Halloween(trick-or-treat event) to attract more people. What surprised me the most was my son's school have done a Halloween party a couple of years ago as part of international cultural exchange program of some sort.
Yes, Easter and Valentine's Day are hard. My son experienced(??) both for the first time in Japan this year, and he felt REALLY lonely because there was no one to celebrate those events with (at least in the ways he knew).... We are already planning to go to an area church's Easter egg hunt next year!!
By Admin on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 12:16 pm:
I just got this from FBC:
FBC's Fall Open House! Saturday, October 25th
HALLOWEEN LAST ORDER REMINDER
Just a reminder to get your Halloween orders off to us by Thursday, October 23rd (3pm) to receive your goodies in time!! Check our website, if you haven't already, for the large range of Halloween items available. http://www.fbcusa.com/
By Mono on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 9:40 pm:
Thanks Cornelia for telling me about Loft! I took my son there yesterday because we were in the area, and found many Halloween items that are targeted for children. I bought a lot of Halloween candies, but my son got so excited and has finished eating most of them already(yum, yum)!.
By Gaijinmom on Wednesday, November 5, 2003 - 9:31 am:
I was wondering whether anyone knows what's going on with the 100 Yen Plaza in Shibuya. The doors have been closed for a few weeks now, are they renovating the place or have they shut down completely? If they are renovating, any info on when they plan to open again? Thanks.
By Bethan Hutton on Wednesday, November 5, 2003 - 1:45 pm:
I don't know about the Shibuya one, but if you're looking for stuff from Daiso 100 Yen Plaza, there's an even bigger branch in Kinshicho (one stop past Ryogoku on the JR Sobu line, or a few stops past Suitengumae on the new extension of the Hanzomon line). It takes up the entire 7th floor of the Arca Kit building (former Sogo department store) which is just on the left as you come out of the north side of Kinshicho JR station. It's in the same building as a big branch of Akachan Honpo and various other child-friendly stores.
By Pato on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 03:43 pm:
There is also a Daiso 100 Yen shop at Harajuku on that famous teenager's shopping street.