Today is my turn on the Daiso blog train, hosted by Mum in the Making! I’m not a DIY queen nor crafting queen nor shopping queen like some of the other bloggers on the blog train. I’m a travel avid. Hence, for this Daiso blog train, I am going to bring you to the land of origin of Daiso – JAPAN!
Daiso is the largest chain of 100-yen shops (shop where everything costs 100 yen) in Japan, with more than 2000 stores around the country alone. They have also opened stores in many other countries, from Singapore to North United States. The price varies according to the countries’ currencies. So in Singapore, Daiso items go for SGD2 each; in Malaysia they go for RM5 etc. Given the very favourable exchange rate right now, 100 yen is about SGD1.20. So the same items cost way less in Japan’s Daiso compared to Singapore’s!
Please recognize that logo. That is Daiso’s logo in Japan. Many times when I am in Japan, I will just be wandering around or driving around when I spot that sign and decided to hop in to buy some useless stuff. C’mon! Admit it! Daiso makes you buy stuff you don’t really need.
Other than the fact that it is cheaper to shop at Daiso in Japan, some of the Daiso stores there are HUGE! Of all the Daiso stores I have visited, my favourite is the one in Sapporo (Hokkaido) Susukino district.
The Daiso store at Susukino is like a department store – with 5 storeys of 100 yen goodness!
Just like in a department store, items are sorted by types into the various floors. On the first floor, you can find food items; kitchen ware on the second; stationery on the third; hygiene items on the fourth; gardening tools on the fifth etc.
If you need toys to entertain the kids, how about grabbing some from Daiso? They only cost 100 yen each!
How about grabbing some notebooks to keep a travel journal? Or for collecting souvenir chops? (See, what did I say about finding excuses to buy Daiso stuff? Bet you never thought you might need to buy a notebook while on vacation!)
So the next time you are in Japan and looking to do some shopping, skip the pricey department stores (unless you are looking for some Burberry Blue Label or Agnis B that Singaporeans love to grab when visiting Japan) and head to a nearby Daiso store!
Information on Daiso (Sapporo central store 札幌中央店)
Address: 〒060-0062 北海道札幌市中央区南二条西２丁目富樫ビル１Ｆ
Getting there: Daiso Sapporo Central Store is a 5 min walk from Odori station or Susukino station.
Tel: +81-11-221-5273 (key in 0112215273 for GPS)
Map code (what is this?): 9 493 753
Opening Hours: 1000 – 2100 Daily
Official Websites: Daiso (Japan)
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Ee is working as an engineer but her passion is all about designs and home decor … She wish to be a working from home mummy so that she has more time to spend with her two kids ~ Zaanse is going to 3 and Xavy is 1 …