Truth to tell, during my first (and only) visit to Tokyo in ’05, budget constraints forced me to visit the 100-yen stores as my only option for buying ‘pasalubong.’ They were huge, housed in three to four-storey buildings with all kinds of stuff available.
Fast forward to 2009, one need not fly as far because the real 100-yen (hyaku-en) shop named Saizen opened its first branch at the Robinsons Galleria last April 29. Everything at 85 pesos each! I have to admit: the extent of their offerings makes Japan Home Center a poor cousin. Must-buys here, in my opinion: beauty aids, home organizers and kitchen tools, including bento accessories that I’ve been looking for. And of course, things related to Japan!
I just wish Saizen would go forth and multiply soon, and not limit its store to faraway Ortigas.
Some interesting items:
French fries container, almost like the way it looks in McDonalds. Bought a pack, so kids will think it’s the real thing 😀
Multi-colored, brightly-designed chopsticks.
I look at these, and if I were the copywriter, I’d say: “Hayden Kho-inspired banana holders.” 😀
Seven Dwarfs home ornaments ~ complete them all!
My Saizen loot netted me P3,060. Aaaargh! And they say 100-yen shops are cheap? Hehe.
My favorites from this batch are the bento picks, lunch cloth, the polka-dotted hair turban, gold-colored bracelets, the magnetic dolls as well as the kikay accessories like nail art and eyelashes. They’re all the height of cute!
The sales clerk told me celebrities like Judy Ann, Chynna and Carmina have been flocking to the store too…. so we’re definitely not in the wrong company.
My next post will tell you all about shopping wisely in this Saizen. Mata ne!