We talked about zakka last month. While this time, the topic is still the same – 雑貨zakka, yet we change the location from 自由が丘 Jiyugaoka to吉祥寺Kichijoji and 西荻窪 Nishi-Ogikubo. Hope you like the photos I took last week in these two places.
Once you get out from the JR station, we will see these shopping arcades. One of them is called SunRoad.
SunRoad south entrance:
What a big floor plan (of SunRoad) hanging up on the wall!
After asking the staff at the tourist counter, I was told that there are two streets on which zakka are most concentrated. One is Nakamichi Dori,中道通り one is NishiibashiDori 七井橋通り.
Some of my girlfriends told me they wanted to find a studio to take some Kimono 着物 (traditional Japanese clothing, as below) photos. Here is one you can try. Just 4725yen, including someone helping you wear your Kimono and setting your hair! If you go with your darling, it costs only 6300yen for two people. What a bargin!
Loads of people take their cats and dogs for a stroll.
Luck draw in front of a department store:
BookOff – the largest second hand book chain in Japan. http://www.bookoff.co.jp
Seiyu 西友 department store. It’s an old one so it’s not as well lit and clean as other department stores. You may skip it if time doesn’t allow.
Freebies are everywhere in the street these days in Japan. This time, soul has become free too!
Tokyu Department Store 東急 www.tokyu-dept.co.jp/：
Yodobashi ヨドバシ – the biggest electric chain in Japan http://www.yodobashi.co.jp
Bumped into a boxing school while I was walking from Kichijoji吉祥寺 to NishiOgikubo西荻窪. The first time in my life to see such a school on ground level! Amazed!
A pool for children to play with water and it’s free~!
Don’t be mistaken. Kinokuniya 紀伊国屋is not confined to bookstores本屋. This Kinokuniya紀伊国屋 is actually a supermarket.