日本、私は来ている!

…and that translates to “Japan, I’m coming!” Going to Tokyo to be exact, for Christmas! I’m very pysched about this trip, because I do have a penchant for the Japanese culture and all things Japanese so it’s going to be exciting to be in Tokyo taking in the culture, the food and of course, the SHOPPING! It’s also going to be my first time going to a cold climate place for Christmas (Tokyo will be 8 to 2 degree celsius) and while I’m not sure if it’s going to be a white Christmas with snow, It will definitely be cooold.

Shopping for Winter wear

I’ve been told that the Japanese folks are a very fashionable bunch and it’s considered not polite to dress shabbily, or to head out sans make up  in public. I heard from a friend that people will actually stare if a girl is caught in public without make up! I’ve been scouring for cool winterwear styles from the folks there so that I won’t look like an out of place,bundled up visitor from Mars. style-arena.jp has been my biggest source of information, they update pictures every week,of fashionable Japanese out and about in town.

 I’ve been shopping extensively for nice winterwear, which have been frustrating because people don’t seem to make winterwear in my size! All those beautiful winter coats instantly made me a blooming dwarf once it gets draped over my frame. I did manage to find a decent coat from Zara..Kids. It’ actually quite chic looking, not kiddy at all.And it’s cheaper than adult wear too.Yay me.

I’m looking forward to shopping in Japan because sizes tend to run smaller there to fit  petite Japanese ladies, so I’m positive that they have some good stuff for me there.

Brands to look out for:

Tokyo is an expensive city to shop and live in generally, and I dont have the deepest pockets so I’m looking forward to good bargains while I’m there. I’ve gotten tipoffs about places that they sell boots at really cheap prices so I’m going to check that out. I’m particularly excited to check out the Burberry London Blue Label  which is the Burberry label that carries colourful, younger designs which are actually cheaper than the main label to cater for younger Burberry fans and is only available in Japan exclusively. Uniqlo, the Japanese cult brand selling stylish basic wear and jeans at very reasonable prices (I’ve already saw some stuff I like on the website), the Swedish highstreet brand H & M which has a flagship store in Tokyo Harajuku ..also,Tokyo hands comes highly recommended..it seems like everything made-in-Japan can be found in the giant retail budget store from Japanese stationary to bikes. Also, a trip to Tokyo cannot be complete without a visit to satiate the gadget geek in me…Akihabara, also known as the “Electric City” is the largest consumer electronics market in the world!! I can only imagine the thrill of walking through this Gadget wonderland…perhaps I will come back with a robot-slave to carry my loot for me. 😉

Superfuture have a guide to all the major shopping districts and labels in Japan so it will be useful for anyone going to Japan as well.

All right, hope that was useful if you’re heading to japan as well, I’ll be back with hopefully lots of  travel stories and pictures…catch u in a bit!

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