May 10, 2013 - Shibuya, Shibuya Disney Store and Harajuku

The next morning, we had a late departure time for the airport.  So, that left us the morning to try to explore Tokyo for a bit.  On the way to the train station and even on the train, I took pictures of some of the fun signs you see all over Tokyo.  So fun!






We decided to head to Shibuya which is a shopping district and one of the major fashion districts of Japan.







Although, of course, we were not there for the fashion.  We were there for the Disney Store.  LOL!  Yes, we are hardcore.




The Disney Store in Shibuya is AMAZING!  It was three floors of wonderful design.  With all the Disney Stores in the United States converting to the boring and uniform Imagination Park design, I became nostalgic for the time when Disney characters used to come out at you from all sides in Disney Stores.

The first floor is designed in a kind of Roman style with statues of favorite characters throughout...













From the first floor, you climb a spiral stairway in this cool Alice in Wonderland themed stairwell...



At the top of the second floor, you are greeted by Flora, Fauna and Merryweather...





The second floor is partially Princess themed...












...but other favorite Disney characters are found throughout...





On the third floor, there are three themed areas.  The biggest one being Peter Pan...












...then there's a Pinocchio themed room...




...and finally a Toy Story themed room...









Oh, funny story about there being three floors.  So, to go from floor to floor, you have two options.  You can either go up an endless spiral stairway OR by elevator.  As I mentioned before, I jacked up my knees earlier in our trip to Tokyo.  So, I was having a hard time going up stairs.  When I asked for the elevator, they kindly directed me to it which are the top of...guess what...stairs!  LOL!

Anyway, aside from the marvelous theming of the Disney Store and the crazy stairs, the merchandise was just to die for.

Some of the things I loved the most were these keychain/bag clip plush toys that are popular in Japan...




...and these super kawaii plush toys...






...I should have bought this purse for myself...


...more UniBEARsity bears!  I loved the Chip 'n' Dale bears!  Oh, and if you're wondering why Ludwig von Drake is sitting amidst them all...its because he's their mentor!




Heck...despite my intense fear of watermelon, I'd even buy this fruit inspired merchandise!




I really cannot understand why we can't have stuff like this in the United States!  Our merchandise seems so boring in comparison!

After the Disney Store, we ate at McDonald's.  Believe it or not, they do not accept credit cards at McDonald's in Tokyo.  Yes, despite being one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world and eating at one of the largest global companies in the world, you have to use cash.  So weird.

Then, we walked around a bit more in Shibuya.




OMG!  A FREAKIN' TOWER RECORDS!



After our short trip to Shibuya, we raced over to Harajuku where the cool kids hang out.  In retrospect, I wish we had spent a little more time in Harajuku.  It looked like a lovely neighborhood with much cooler stores.  It reminded me a bit of the feel of Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles...but bigger!









Of course, in Harajuku, we still manage to find a store that sells Disney stuff...








...amongst other things including Totoro...


...Peanuts...



...and this frightening character...


After a very short time in Harajuku, we had to head back to the hotel to meet everybody to go to the airport.

California, here we come!

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