Japan is expensive. I knew before coming here that I would have to really budget to make it through these two and half months. I was lucky to receive a scholarship, which helped to cover my basic expenses like housing and the plane ticket, which helped a lot! Although I am here for school, sometimes it does feel like I’m on vacation, and I’m tempted to spend money like crazy! Everything is new to me here, and I’m constantly seeing things that I want. It is so hard to resist the temptation!
While Japan is mostly expensive, there are some cheaper options for shopping out there. One of these options is a 100 yen (about $1.50USD) store. Although a lot of the products in these stores aren’t the best quality, there are still great bargains that can be found inside! You have to be careful though, because some things are actually cheaper elsewhere; it is usually only between 1-10 yen cheaper, but still!
I wanted to satisfy my shopping craving, so I allowed myself a mini Daiso haul. 😉 Daiso is a huge 100 yen store that also has locations in the United States on the west coast. The Daiso I went to had two floors and there were a few ‘premium’ products that were more expensive. I love Daiso, because the color scheme of the floor is a bright pink and white. It feels very girly!
The first two things that I picked up were these adorable notebooks. The duck and panda are so cute! One of the awesome things about living in Japan is that cute things are literally everywhere. I won’t say no to cuteness. 😉 I picked up the panda notebook for me and I’m going to take the duck and hedgehog one back to my friend because she loves hedgehogs.
The bento section of Daiso is huge and filled with goodies. I practiced some self control and just picked up a few accessories for my lunch box. Daiso has cute bento lunchboxes as well, but I chose to buy my bento from another store that was way more expensive. I really wanted to buy a nice one as a souvenir for myself. These same accessories at other stores cost 800 yen and up! I chose some simple sauce bottles, cute heart shaped silicon cups and the cutest animal food picks I have ever seen. I’m enabling the inner child in myself. 😉
A visit to the Daiso isn’t complete without a stop in the snack aisle. I scored some delicious peanut pocky! I’m always trolling the store for unique Pocky flavors but they are actually pretty hard to find around here. I’ll take one of these back as a gift. I also found some pancake flavored Country Ma’am cookies, which sounds delicious. I tried some of the regular flavor cookies at school and really liked them, so I thought I would give the pancake flavor a try. I love finding random flavored snacks.
Daiso also has a pretty large makeup and accessory section. I chose a cute oversized hair tie. It has a silver crown in the middle, very feminine. I was thinking of buying something from the makeup and skincare aisle, but I wasn’t really impressed with anything.
All in all, I spent 945 yen, about $11.90USD.
Daiso literally had everything you could think of wanting, and most of the things were pretty good quality. The dollar stores back home are full of junk for the most part in my opinion, so I was surprised to see so many nice things in the Daiso.
Not all 100 yen stores are created equal though. Have you ever been to one? What is your favorite 100 yen shop to go to?