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Tokyo: Fancy food court.

The Japanese are super into fake food displays outside restaurants so you know exactly what the food you’re ordering will look like.

Some of it is so well done that it looks real–it really is an art form.

It’s also super helpful for gaijin (foreigners) because it makes ordering so much easier!

Japanese food is so beautiful in general… I love those little mochi balls that look like children’s toys.

All these photos were taken in the basement of Takashimaya, one of Japan’s many over-the-top department stores. I’ve blogged about their awesome stationery and knitting supplies before. The entire floor was truly magical!! Have you ever seen such pretty sardines in your life?

I highly recommend coming here starving and sampling a little something from every counter.

The Japanese are famous for the purity of their food and it’s high quality… although that has been called into a little bit of question with the radiation scare. But generally, the Chinese back in Hong Kong go NUTS for anything from Japan, especially Hokkaido, a region thought to be especially pure. How yummy do these meat skewers look?! I’ll take one of each please.

Here’s a stall that sells nothing other than different types of sushi.
And this friendly lady is cobbling shaved fish. Not surprisingly my grandfather had a nice chat with her!
Besides all the Japanese wares, there is also a ton of French chocolates, pastries, and delicacies. This tea stand caught my eye… so many varieties offered and you can sample any one. The Mr. tells me Takashimaya is having financial trouble… I told him, maybe it’s because they let you sample, literally, everything in the store!! And they have unbelievably helpful service and the nicest packaging ever. He said it has more to do with them responding to tough times by expanding square feet rather than contracting… but that sort of fits with the Japanese way of not doing anything, unless they do it to absolute perfection!
Although this is the only photo not from Takashimaya, I couldn’t help but end with it. You know that expression: ‘it’s as easy as shooting fish in a barrel??’ Well, maybe this is where that came from!

ALSO: For my HK readers, did you hear that Forever 21 just opened in Causeway Bay?

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Takashimaya: Knitting and stationery accessories.

Now where do you think the HKHousewife was most excited about shopping while in Singapore? Why, Takashimaya, the stunning Japanese department store, of course. There used to be one in Manhattan, but it sadly closed. Thank you, crashing stock market.

The first little fun thing I found was this cute (and also very durable, because it’s Japanese made) pouch for my knitting accessories.

Does anyone know the story behind Clover? Half their packages are in Japanese… are they a Japanese company? The Japanese are crazy about knitting.

I also picked up some fun clear folders–my favorite way to stay organized.

This one is PERFECT for trips… itineraries, packing lists, flight info. Always good to have a hard copy of these just in case.

As part of my ‘get organized efforts’ I made my own personalized packing list. It’s insanely detailed but really helps me know that I for sure have everything. I give it a once over when packing up–just to make sure I didn’t leave anything behindĀ  in the hotel.

And of course with me it always comes back to knitting. This three-prong folder holds the three patterns I’m currently knitting perfectly!

Besides an incredible gift and home goods assortment, the basement also has an incredible food court. Well really, it’s nothing like an American mall’s food court… but you get the idea.

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