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Wednesday
Jul252012

Shopping at the Hyaku-en Shop (百円ショップ )

The best thing about taking a suitcase half full of omiyage to Japan is that on the way back I have a half of a suitcase to fill up with fun things to take home. For me that means going on a mini shopping spree at a Hyaku-en Shop.

A Hyaku-en Shop (百円ショップ ) is a 100 Japanese Yen Shop and is roughly equivalent to a Dollar Store back home. Hyaku-en Shops are always full of just about anything you can want from gardening supplies to dishes to food. The quality of things that I have purchased at them have always been surprisingly good. When I lived in Japan I did a lot of shopping at the two Hyaku-en Shops in Toyota City, Seria and Daiso.

Although both are good, Seria is my favorite and I had fun picking up some items there on this trip. There were all sorts of cute things in the craft area and I picked up a set of adorable little number plates.

The sewing section always has a nice selection of things and I bought a skein of black cotton yarn. There was also an adorable macaroon felting kit that I was tempted to buy just because it was so cute, but I have no idea what I would do with it.

There was a great selection of washi tapes and I couldn't resist getting a handful of them.

Moving into the kitchen wares, don't you think these glasses are cute? Too bad I had no room to take a set home!

I managed to pick up a few more of my favorite kitchen storage jars with red lids which was what really filled up my luggage. Seria also has a nice selection of chopsticks, but I already have a ton so didn't get any more.

I love all the food picks that they have. They look so much nicer than toothpicks so I always like to stock up when I am back in Japan.

I wanted to bring the whole food section home but settled for two packages of Japanese curry. Yum!

The baking section is full of cute little things like patterned cupcake liners and food molds.

I always find a few random things that make me laugh. I like the creative English on the bag and the muscle breastplate just cracks me up. It reads "Macho Apron" in Japanese. Ha!

Well, there you have my shopping spree at the Hyaku-en Shop. I ended up spending about $25 and have my suitcase to go home completely stuffed. At least I got it all in!

Off to catch my flight home!

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I'm so glad that I found your blog! I used to follow your work "back in the day". I loved your clean, simple style!

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne Pellerin

I am not sure from the picture but depending on the structure of those curry boxes, they would make good journal covers!

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkathy f

I found a similar shop when I was in Belgium. I loved walking through the aisles and looking at the different things... and since it wasn't an expensive, high end store, I was able to snag some unique souvenirs.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Dollar Stores are some of my most favourite places to browse and shop and like the comments before, unique things can be found - fun shopping especially for Christmas stocking stuffers.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

With all those interesting finds I'd feel like a kid in a candy store in there! How fun!

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Jeanne- Thank you so much! I hope you like my blog!

Kathy- That is a good idea. They are about the same thickness as the candy box you made my cute journal from. I can send you the boxes after I eat the curry if you'd like.

Heidi- Sounds like a fun shop! I love inexpensive souvenirs.

Mary-Lou- It's always fun to find unique, inexpensive things, don't you think?

Sandy- It was a lot of fun! That's why I always make a run to the Hyaku-en Store while I'm in Japan.

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