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Adventures in Shinjuku Shopping



  • dress – Fairfax Flea Market
  • baby blue bow – LouLou Loves You
  • glasses – Metropark
  • knee socks – Target
  • cheap chinese mary janes that are the most comfy shoes ever yet fall apart after three wears – local shop

This outfit shot was taken at Kiddyland, a supersized toy store with each floor dedicated to practically every type of toy, cartoon and comic character in history! I found Monchichis in bunny outfits, sexy Hello Kitty bottled water and cute edamame keychains. I HATE how we don’t have anything like this store in the states.

kiddy land

Edamame Keychain
peek a boo!

Lovely necklaces of sweet animals at a store in Shinjuku.


Anna Sui black liquid eyeliner is a gift from heaven!! I picked it up along with some cute ladybug knee socks and a couple of other things.


This calculator at Anna Sui was bananas. Again, do I smell a Craft proj?


Now THIS was insane: Forever 21 opened there in April and STILL to this day has a crazy ass line in front of it. People will wait up to an hour to get in!

crazy line at forever 21

I was never into “bag candy” until I went to Tokyo. Emi’s kept growing and growing with adorable accoutrements!

bag candy

I almost set my own purse on fire at Vivienne Westwood because I left a little tag on it (STU) and tried to break it with a lighter. I swear my life is like and R-rated vers of I Love Lucy.

viv west

The FRUiTS boutique in Shinjuku had really cute stuff. I got this Gundam-inspired ring that comes in a set of plastic sheets with different parts, enabling you to construct rings in a variety of ways! The salesgirl, who was probably the RADDEST salesperson I met (which is saying a lot because practically everyone I encountered was extremely sweet) told us it was by a local shop called Dog. I’ve tried finding more information about the designer but haven’t been able to. Must be one of those elusive Tokyo brands! You could also make a plastic version of my favorite Vivienne Westwood ring!



Gundam ring flying over Shibuya





  • Jaka Merriman
    July 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm


  • melissa
    July 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    god! i wish i could of gone shopping in japan with you! next time, okay?? LOL!

  • Ms Constantine
    July 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    omg you are doing a really good job of convincing me that I MUST go to Japan for a holiday!

    My main concern is the language barrier. Do you or Emi speak Japanese or does everyone know how to speak English there too?

  • fromhere
    July 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    @Ms Constantine – very few people here in japan speak conversational english but most people can speak singular words to get their point across with the addition of gestures.

  • mary
    July 17, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    You’d think I would’ve gone to Japantown after reading your blog today, but no. I went straight to Forever 21 because I need to appreciate what we have.

    : )

  • gilda
    July 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    ohhh the japanese people love anything from america. as long as you say american they suck it up. krispy kreme has lines outside till this day i think. it’s been 2 years. & people don’t buy just a donut, they buy boxes in dozens. i think it’s ridiculous. clothing brands, food, even ugly men. say you’re from america and bam! success in japan.

    anyway, DOG!!! if you read fruits, a lot of what people wear comes from DOG! i don’t think it’s just 1 designer, but they take a lot of clothes and remake them, as well as produce their own designs, and it’s super avant garde stuff!! completely amazing and not cheap too.

  • SparkleSparkle
    July 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    omg…i wanna go soooo bad! p.s. do you have pics of the monchichi dolls?? When we were little we used to call my baby cuz that cuz they used to joke that she looked like one. haha

  • macky
    July 18, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    just found your blog and you & it are seriously adorable. and really making me shopping jealous.

  • Ladyminky
    July 19, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Kiddy land sounds AMAZING!!!!!!! I SO wanna go to Japan but i know i’d need a truck fulla dough to go coz i’d just spendspendspend! ;P

  • Mars
    July 19, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I just found your blog today and I think I’m in love – such an awesome thing you’ve got going here :D! One of my new favorites for sure! I also wanted to let you know I featured you in my blog ^_^

    P.S. I’m also hosting a WeLoveColors tights giveaway in my blog if you dig that kind of thing :)!

  • Limespark
    July 19, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Aw, god, you’re so cute I can’t take it! Also, damn, Japan looks like so much fun! Lucky girl.

  • The Friendinator
    July 20, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait just a MINUTE! A line?! FOR FOREVER XXI OF ALL PLACES?! Um, it’s gonna go…a l’il some’in…uh like dis:

    You + me = cruising Santa Monica Forever XXI then running to our laptops and ebaying that living fucking shit out of our purchases to Japan residents only!

    We can then ship everything out then go back to Santa Monica and buy ‘rie a 457 karat golden fucking beetle and have enough loot leftover to fill an inflatable pool with tacos and corn!

    Innovation, right here in this comment box, peep game, yo:


  • Freya
    July 21, 2009 at 3:54 am

    omg omg, Japan seems to be the heaven on earth.

  • Beth
    July 21, 2009 at 5:42 am


  • Calamity Jill
    July 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    It is not above me to leave work right this instant and wreak havoc upon that toy store!

  • MaDonna
    July 23, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I feel as though that Kiddyland and that new Forever 21 are both in Harajuku! Unless there are both in Shinjuku that I totally missed, but I was just right in front of both of those photo ops about two months ago.

    ANYWAY, technicalities aside, love these pictures and they pull my heartstrings since I miss it there so much. Kiddyland, I miss thee..

  • x Corrine/Frock & Roll x
    July 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Oh Marie, you look so magical! Such a pretty, pretty outfit.. and all of a sudden, I’m feeling a strange, sudden compulsion to visit Japan..

  • leylabot
    July 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Next visit you must go to the Jesus restaurant. And Tokyo Hands!

  • Jade (aka
    September 13, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    OMGGGGGG i can’t even look at these photos cos they make me want to run back to Japan and its sweet ramen noodle embrace. I have been 3 times, but i may as well go live there seeing as i always pine after it. Australia has nothing on Japan Land *sigh* also, i effing love your blog, i find myself talking gangstaaaaa after reading an entry 😀 thanks for the good reading! wieeew! xxx


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