Tokyo / 02
Tokyo really is crazy, it’s true what they say.
There’s a shop called Don Quixote, a discount store that spans 4 floors (Shibuya store). I found a simple list of what you can find on each floor online:
B1 : Brand products, watch, variety goods, imported items
F1 : Cosmetics, Pet items, groceries, food, alcohol drinks, zakka
F2 : Home electronics, CD, phone, DVD, shoes, bags, car goods, clothes
F3 : Interior furniture, outdoor goods, storage furniture, bedding
It’s a lot more complex than that, though. You can literally buy ANYTHING you can think of. All in one place. There are hair dryers next to protein powder, key chains next to hello kitty chargers, party accessories next to suitcases, … All embellished with cute features, such as disney characters (or hello kitty, of course). And there’s music, a lot of music. Different kinds of music on one floor (you just need to move down the aisle a little bit) - a big mix of everything.
If you’re ever out of water or some other beverage, no need to worry either - there are vending machines on every single corner of Tokyo. The sell you sweet colourful drinks, or canned coffee.
Oh yes, the canned coffee, you can buy that at the supermarket as well. I tried making a decision the first day based on their design. I got the one that looked like the strongest espresso I could possibly get - which turned out to be cold, watery coffee with a bitter taste. So I tried again the next day, after all there was no shortage of canned coffee choices. No luck, this one was sweet, milky, and still watery. I even read up on some reviews online. Not much luck with canned coffee, especially not if you’re used to Melbourne coffee. Still - a fun experience judging canned coffee based on looks (well, don’t we always do that with any kind of food packaging?) and trying to guess what I’m buying. That’s what it was like with most food actually, other than fruit or vegetables. Being a vegetarian in Tokyo wasn’t quite that easy, and communicating in English was a bit of a challenge too.