Posts under ‘Stuff’

My Household Cleaning Companion

This is like the all-purpose item that can practically clean everything in a home!  I had trouble looking for baking soda when I first arrived in Japan. I finally found some Arm & Hammer baking soda at shops that sell some items from abroad, like Kaldi Farm. One box usually costs around 500 yen. But […]


The release of the life-size Gundam in Odaiba was pretty big news over the summer. I never watched the series much, but my brother was a fan and so I knew of it. Although the idea was to show Keiji, I have to admit that I thought it was really cool too!  The details on […]


I never really went to a lot of malls before since I didn’t really live near any. But this time around we were on the Island for most our stay so we did lots of mall time. Roosevelt Field Mall is one of the bigger ones on the Island, but sometimes I find malls that […]

Fabric Shopping

So the kids and I went to Yuzawaya in Kamata to pick up material for their costumes. It’s a great shop (good selection and less expensive than Tokyu Hands). You can find all supplies related to sewing, knitting and every type of arts and crafts. It can be a bit confusing at first to find […]

Window Shopping

Harajuku, Shibuya-ku

Window Shopping

Hysteric Glamour, Marronnier Gate Building, Ginza We checked out a few shops inside Marronnier Gate. Arisa’s favorite shop was Hysteric Glamour, which does has a small children’s section. Nice choice! But bad for my wallet. I’ll wait for Grandma. Also quite noteworthy is the fancy Tokyu Hands in the building (but it’s called Ginza Hands) […]

Flea Market at Shinagawa Intercity

Shinagawa Intercity, Minato-ku Every Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm there is a flea market inside the Shinagawa Intercity building. It’s free to enter and there are lots of stalls. I heard from one mother that there are usually good children’s finds there. But when we went I saw mostly women’s and men’s clothing […]

Model Trains Show

Matsuya Department Store, Ginza We saw the Model Trains Show which is being held at the Matsuya department store in Ginza. This is the first time I ever really saw really model train sets complete with landscapes and miniature city props. But from the crowds of boys and men there I can see it is […]

Window Shopping

Urban Dock LaLaport, Toyosu, Koto-ku Dagashiyumeya – fun old-school Japanese style snack shop with all sorts of snacks from various prices, some as little as 10 yen Toy figures of all kinds – anime character dolls, gundam models, kaiju (monsters) figures, superhero action figures, smurf figurines, itchy and scratchy dolls Bornelund great assortment of wooden […]

Window Shopping

Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku Dad-Way – large selection of toys by Sassy and K’s Kids, as well as useful accessories for traveling with babies.