I am so pleased to have seen Tokyo in Halloween season – the department stores really embrace the season and make it a festive event. I mentioned Marui One in the last post – here’s a few pics of its shopfront. They DO love Tim Burton and the Nightmare Before Christmas
I had to drop into Tokyu Hands for some Halloween goodies, and just check out the latest stock. Tokyu Hands calls itself the Creative Life store, and is 8 floors of DIY and crafty goodness (and much, much more). Seriously, for just about any creative project you might undertake, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to materials.
I particularly like the fancy dress section which has amazingly realistic latex animal heads (see below), and also houses novelty electronic gadgets like side-marching cyber crabs and humping dog usb’s.
Here’s one of the displays I saw there. The witch revolved, and there were ghosts whoo-whooing, other spooks shrieking, and things dangling from the ceiling:
If you want to see and hear for yourself…
Meanwhile over at La Foret in Harajuku they weren’t too shabby either, with huge posters plastered on the sloped ceilings as you headed down to the “underground” more gothic/punk stores:
Yes, I did shop unashamedly. At the Hellcat Punks store in La Foret, they gave me a huge bag to carry away my purchases (which proved very handy for carry-on luggage on the flight home). Punksters, voodoo dolls, rockabilly babes will all love this store – there is so much leopard print, clothing with zombie and skull graphics, fab purses… Here’s the shop:
It’s a pity I won’t be in Tokyo for the night itself, but I DID get to two of the Halloween clubs there on Saturday night – Tokyo Decadance and Midnight Mess. Stay tuned….