The shops on Nakamise dori offer a wide range of unusual items. This one specializes in pet clothing, for the well-dressed pet. There’s everything from sparkly collars to full ensembles for the well-turned out dog.
The flagship store of department store chain, Mitsukoshi, is a landmark in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Did you know they started out as a kimono fabric vendor in 1673?
We found this poor, dejected robot sitting in the corner of a store in downtown Tokyo. Looks like he’s been put in timeout!
What’s more classic as a souvenir than Japanese chopsticks. These are on display in Asakusa where you can find tourist-type items. For the serious shopper, sets of chopsticks (smaller for the ladies, larger for the men) can run to hundreds of dollars.
Cartoon characters are all over the streets of Tokyo. Here’s a large reindeer seen in a shop entry.
There are so many specialty stores in Japan. Little shops are in all areas of Tokyo that specialize in just one type of product. Here is a photo of a brush shop near Asakusa.
In addition to small and cute, the Japanese do “delicate” with incredible flair and panache (think miniaturization!). These candies, each individually wrapped, were on display on tiny individual plates in a storefront in Nihonbashi. Keep in mind that they also change colors and flavors with the seasons and the variety available is almost endless.
A few moments to experience a small back-street of Shinjuku as people end their days activities and head into the night.
This shop in Tokyo’s Asakusa shopping area offers not only Japan’s famous folding fans, but also the flat fans that come in a variety of shapes and colors. These traditional ones have water-colored scenes on them.
Parking lots the world over use a variety of symbols, colors and numbers to help you remember where you parked. This door is on the Elephant floor of Narita’s South parking lot.