2013 Tokyo Trip Day 13: Ikebukuro and Ginza


Continued from 2013 Tokyo Trip Day 12: Nakano and Shinjuku

Mandarake appaeared to be on a mission to disaapoint this weekend, as a foray to Otome Road yielded close to nothing. I got more stuff from Tokyo Hands by comparison! I stocked up on craft supplies like washi tape and disposable pens with fountain head nibs (LOL I can hear the purists screaming from way over here).

I really, really wanted that Moleskine Cat Journal, but at JPY 2900 (about PhP 1500) it was a bit too much to spend on a notebook that I would fill with pictures of my cat (that’s what Instagram is for — and it’s free!).

magnetic-rose.net Ikebukuro Ginza

magnetic-rose.net Ikebukuro Ginza      magnetic-rose.net Ikebukuro Ginza

For you budding doujinka, Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro also has a vast array of artists tools made especially for creating manga — including rub-on tone transfer stickers, speedball nibs of varying sizes, and Copic markers for colored illustrations. It’s interesting to note that there are how-to books on using Copic for manga-style illustrations sold alongside the markers 🙂

With hours left on my schedule and nothing else to do, I grabbed a quick subway ride to Ginza and the Uniqlo flagship store. The 12th floor alone was worth the trip — the entire level sells nothing but UT (Uniqlo Tees). Not only does it features the lates lines, if you’re lucky you’ll find a number of back issues (older shirst) at discount prices. Approach with caution! 😀

magnetic-rose.net Ikebukuro Ginza

magnetic-rose.net Ikebukuro Ginza      magnetic-rose.net Ikebukuro Ginza

Another fun discovery in Ginza is GU — another Fast Retailing line and sister brand to Uniqlo. How do you ddescribe GU — is Uniqlo and Forever 21 ever had a one night stand the resulting baby would be GU. Okay it’s a terrible analogy, but it’s the closest I can come up with. I managed to sort out some work shirts, but I’m sure pals back in Manila can do much, much worse 😀

Continued in 2013 Tokyo Trip Day 18: Odaiba Gundam Cafe, Palette Town, and Diver City Tokyo.

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