Instagram last week, Julia and I went on a little field trip to Kinokuniya, in Seattle, which is a Japanese bookstore of PURE AWESOME. They have eight locations around the country I think? Ours is attached to an Asian market called Uwajimaya. It's filled with fabulous books, stationary, pens, paper, erasers, more pens, more cool paper, many in kawaii and Sanrio themes and basically.......IT'S THE GREATEST PLACE IN THE WORLD.
I started hyperventilating and making little squeaky noises before we even got through the parking lot. My daughter had to tell me, very sternly, 'DON'T MAKE A SCENE, MOM.'
I'm an embarrassment.
Let me show you some of what we saw! Sorry about photo quality - I took these with my phone, and the lighting was atrocious. And I was very extra excited.
Scented glitter pens! The erasers! (they come in little colored milk shaped containers!) The neon tape!
Rilakkuma stationary up above SO BADLY, but this particular notepad had graph paper inside, which I didn't want, and the stationary set, I couldn't figure out how/where the address was supposed to be go. Maybe Japanese addresses are written out differently? (If you love that Sentimental Circus notepad like I do, you can see more from that line right here.)
'Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls' by Lela Lee. BRILLIANT.
sewing books (see also this one) with all the FANTASTIC FROCKS that look amazing on these Japanese girls and would probably look terrible on me but I want them anyway. I REALLY want 'Chronicle Books Stylish Dress Book: Simple Smocks, Dresses and Tops'. Is this seriously what ladies are wearing in Japan? I LOVE IT SO MUCH! Smocks and frocks! My favorite!
We didn't come home with all that much really, I didn't photograph those items. We came away with some colored chalk, some scented erasers (similar to these milk carton erasers - also saw these on Amazon) and a couple of notepads and folders for school next fall. (Julia desperately wanted some anime comic books, but those were all in Japanese and it was really hard to figure out what was going on if you couldn't read the words.) I was the SOUL of restraint and I'm super impressed with myself.
Also, I wish I could sew.