So Much More Than Electrical Appliances! 5 Lifestyle Boutiques in Yodobashi-Umeda
Yodobashi-Umeda, a shopping center located in Umeda, Osaka, boasts an unparalleled popularity, the key to which lies in the fact that the center features a variety of shops that sell other things besides electrical appliances. For this article, we have selected 5 of these shops which we especially recommend.
1. Find cute items for your pet at Pet Paradise Plus
Pet Paradise Plus is a specialized store selling merchandise for your beloved dog. Here you will find a plentiful selection of accessories for pets, ranging from clothes to carry bags, strollers, snacks, and plates, among others. Just looking at the colorful and cute products is enough to have a lot of fun, and you may find that imagining your own dog wearing or using some of these items is quite a soothing experience. Their Osaka-limited edition items are a must check out too. If you are looking for a souvenir, we especially recommend their toys shaped like a takoyaki, a specialty of Osaka, which can be rolled around.
You can take your dog with you inside the shop if you put him in a carry bag, and you can even try the clothes on him. There are many designs and colors available, and new seasonal clothes are always coming in, so take your time to choose those that look the best on your dog.
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2. Make your own original accessories! Kiwa Seisakusho is a specialty store selling accessory parts
Kiwa Seisakusho is a specialty store selling accessory parts which boasts unrivalled popularity among those who like handmade accessories. The spacious shop extends over a floor of 100 square meters, in which they offer over 20,000 different types of accessory parts. Choose your favorite beads, stones, accessory bases, and chains to make your own original accessories. Additionally, the store boasts to have the largest variety of Swarovski items available in eastern Japan.
The shop features a newly established space for creation called "beads labo" where you can borrow the necessary tools to make your accessories, so you can start working on them right after buying the parts, and take your finalized work home. They also have books and magazines regarding handmade accessories available for reading - you may get a lot of ideas from them!
3. Find merchandise about popular characters from the "Weekly Shonen JUMP" manga at the JUMP SHOP
"Weekly Shonen Jump" is a Japanese manga magazine that enjoys a large number of fervent fans overseas as well. The JUMP SHOP features a selection of merchandise of popular characters that appear in the magazine, such as "ONE PIECE," "Gintama," "Haikyuu!!," and "BLEACH," among others. You will find that the place is crowded with merchandise about these characters and that they overflow with presence as if it had come out directly from the world of "Weekly Shonen JUMP."
The product lineup includes everyday products such as accessories like T-shirts, mugs, wallets, and tote bags, and stationery like vinyl folders and pencil cases. They also have more exciting items that would make the delights of everyone, even if you are not a collector, such as wide variety of character pin badges. The shop is always changing, as it holds a variety of time limited campaigns and it offers limited-edition merchandise when available, so you never grow tired of it regardless of how many times you visit. If you like Japanese manga and anime, you will surely find something that you want in this shop!
*The actual display at the store may differ from the picture.
4. If you are looking for ethnic accessories and fashion, then Titicaca is the place to go
Titicaca is a shop inspired by Central America and Asia that specializes in ethnic looking fashion and accessories. Their clothing is targeted mainly at women, and it features a wide array of products in ethnic designs that can put you in a happy mood just by wearing them. Their colorful and unique patterns, along with their tops and outer items with embroidered flowers and feathers will surely appeal to your fashion sense. Additionally, the shop also deals with everyday items in bright designs, ranging from accessories such as necklaces and earrings, to bath mats and mugs. This colorful shop offers a unique worldview in which you will feel as if you were lost in a box of toys. Some of their products are fair trade, so make sure to check them out if this is something that interests you.
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5. Claire's, a shop where you will always find 30,000 inexpensive accessories available!
Claire's is the world's largest chain store specializing in casual accessories, and the shop in Yodobashi-Umeda always has 30,000 different types of accessories available. The reason for its popularity lies in the plentiful variety of products available, and in their low price. Most of the products are priced between 300 JPY and 1,000 JPY. The shop receives new products 3 times a week, and it is always updating its seasonal and sale products, which means that you can always enjoy it no matter how often you visit, and that you can always find something to match your mood. We recommend their necklaces with kanji characters and ninja charms as souvenirs. It appears that many people buy earrings and head accessories in bulk as the seasons or the trends change. Make sure to find your favorite among the 30,000 items available!
At Yodobashi-Umeda you can find not only electrical appliances, but also a wide array of lovely lifestyle accessories. The building houses many different shops in a single area, which will definitely increase your options if you are shopping for yourself or choosing souvenirs. Make sure you check it out when you visit Osaka!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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