Now, this has it's dark side for a person who's used to buying literally everything online. It's so much harder to find the stuff you like because you can't just browse and scroll through it?! I can't be the only one having this problem lol. For some reason, it's easier for me see if I like the stuff if I see pictures of someone wearing it first.
Even though it was a bit hard getting used to shopping the "regular" way, it was great because I hate waiting for my stuff to arrive after I've bought it. Maybe someday people will figure out a way to combine the best of the two ways to shop hahaha.
I mainly targeted my favourite japanese clothing brands during this trip, because american brands I like (such as UNIF) is much easier to buy online. Above, on the left you can see the entrance to Ghost of Harlem's flagship store in Shibuya, and on the right some accessories inside the store.
Here's a better look fom inside the store. I bought that maxi dress the mannequin is wearing, btw. It is super pretty!
One place I also liked to shop at was 109, but I didn't seem to enjoy it quite as much as I did on my first trip to Tokyo. I usually just checked Glad News, Fig&Viper and Growze.
Here's a shot I snapped outside Glad News' store in 109. While most of the shop staff only spoke japanese, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that one of the staff in Glad News, Miki, spoke pretty good english! Ahh, it felt so good to speak a language that you actually understand, to someone haha.
One of the things on my to-buy-list was comfy white platform sandals and I ended up buying this pair from Fig&Viper when I found them! I was originally looking for all-white shoes, but the holographic straps were too cute to be resisted.
Tons of cute chokers were also easy to find in almost any store. Here's the rack from Spinns. I might've bought a few...
Cute stuff at Growze. If I understood correct, they sell a lot of different brands but also have their own.
The place where I enjoyed shopping the most, was probably Laforet (link) in Harajuku. They have lots of great stores like Joyrich, Ghost of Harlem, Monomania and some other shops I don't remember the names of. Also their Fig&Viper store is a bit bigger than the one in 109.
During my stay, they had this huge 5 day long Grand Bazar aka super sales, when the whole building went crazy and was packed with people.
I also enjoyed exploring the little streets of Harajuku (after Takeshita-dōri) and checking out the small stores there. One of the interesting finds there was the Prisila wig store! Didn't buy anything but it was fun to check out and you could actually try them on.
I was lucky, because on the second to last day of my stay, Ruki (who is the singer of my favourite band, the GazettE) launched his cosmetics line Vital Material and opened a store for it in Harajuku. Me and Anna decided to go check it out since we were in town.
The store was quite small, so we got a scheduled time when we could go in with a few other people. Even though it's a store, the first few days were dedicated for the exhibition of the first collection, so you couldn't buy anything yet, only get to know the products before the sales started.
I had just managed to catch a cold, so when the main point was try out the products and see what they felt like and smelled like, I couldn't smell anything :DD Which kinda sucked, but hey, atleast they were nice to look at. I could want one of the room diffusers for myself, hmm.
We also got pamphlets with us which included a postcard with some samples of the two perfumes the brand had, so atleast I got an idea of how those were because I was able to smell them after I got home and my sense of smell returned lol.
Here's a little clip I filmed while being inside the store!