The Uniqlo flagship store is located in Tokyo’s luxury shopping district, Ginza. It’s an 11-story building. The floors are filled with stylish, basic men’s and women’s wear. Here you’ll find jeans, flannels, stripped tops, dresses, and underwear (I’m a fan of their AIRism bra camis. They’re much more comfortable than regular bras!).
You can be clad head to toe in Uniqlo. One entire floor is devoted to t-shirts. I bought a yellow C-3PO shirt (gotta stick to the classics) and a Tony Tony Chopper shirt (to show my new interest in anime).
The owner of Uniqlo, Tadashi Yanai, is one of the richest men in Japan. The company has grown into a household name worldwide. Since opening the first US location, in NYC Soho in 2006, Uniqlo’s expanded to 40+ locations in the US.
My favorite Uniqlo purchases: AIRism camis, black skinny jeans (they’ll tailor them in the store), and a striped boat-neck tee.
Location // Uniqlo Flagship Store, 104-0061 Tokyo, Chūō, Ginza, 6 Chome−9−5
“MUJI is simplicity – but a simplicity achieved through a complexity of thought and design. MUJI’s streamlining is the result of the careful elimination and subtraction of gratuitous features and design unrelated to function.” (Muji.us)
The layout of Muji stores is equally as interesting as the products they sell. The Yurakucho Muji, located near the Yurakucho train stop in Tokyo, houses a prefab Muji house with Muji interior decor. You can walk through the home and imagine yourself living in chic, simple, Japanese style.
The Yurakucho Muji occasionally shows small design exhibits. Many of the stores also have cafes. They serve slow fast food style meals like, ratatouille with seasonal vegetables, saba with sweet and spicy miso sauce, and sakura chicken & pickles salad with yuzu dressing.
At Muji, you can buy clothes, toiletries, furniture, storage, and the Muji prefab house (Blaine and I would love to live in this).
The Muji flagship store is in Yurakucho (the train stop between Tokyo Station and Ginza on the JR Yamanote Line). Muji has 1o locations in the US and they are all in NYC and California. If you live in these states and have not been to Muji, go check it out!
My favorite Muji purchases have been: Muji notebooks, Muji makeup, and smoked octopus (gift for our friends).
Location // Muji Flagship Store, 100-0005 Yurakucho 2-3F, 3-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
My favorite thing about Takashimaya department stores are the depachika (department store basements). In Japan, depachika are food wonderlands. Counters packed with chocolates and Japanese sweets will grab your attention first. But it won’t take long to find the samples of wine and sake and the smell of fresh baked bread will be hard to ignore. These underground food pantries are the place to buy Japanese snacks, seaweed crackers, dried octopus, and red bean cakes. A journey through a depachika is a culinary adventure you won’t forget.
Location // 2-4-1 Nihombashi Chūō-ku, Tokyo
Matsuzakaya is a large department store chain in Japan that has been around since 1611. Matsuzakaya department stores also have the depachika food wonderlands.
On the roof of the Ginza Matsuzakaya there’s a playground, pet shop, Shinto shrine, and in the summer a beer garden!
Location // 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-8166
Loft is Japan’s version of Target. At Loft you can find everything from stationary and furniture to makeup and bento boxes.
There’s a giant Loft next to the Muji flagship store in Yurakucho, Tokyo.
My favorite purchases from Loft are: our Japanese fans, Japanese blotting sheets, and my keychain flash cards (for learning Japanese).
Location // 100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, 3−8−3
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