Tokyo Container Quartet

Posted February 27, 2006 at 8:49 pm 3 Comments


Tokyu Hands is my second favorite Tokyo retail chain. It is narrowly edged out of first place by Don Quixote, which offers a comparably dazzling assortment of bizarre and outlandish merchandise, but is slightly cheaper and has a cuter logo. Though I didn’t consider this a factor in my comparison, Don Quixote is also the only store I’ve seen in which sex toys and pornography are shelved only a few steps away from children’s toys.

In any case, while browsing Tokyu Hands (an activity that can easily occupy an entire afternoon), I happened upon these fabulous containers:

Tea     Sugar

Salt     Coffee


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  1. Hello Monzy. thanks for sharing your Japan adventures! My cousin spent a few years working there and sent us lots of culture-clash photos. My favourite was of the T shirt, displayed in a shop window, asking the question that has puzzled me ever since: “Marshmallows or Books?” What an amazing part of the world!!

    Comment by Heidi — March 1, 2006 #

  2. That question is HARD.

    Comment by Helen Macdonald — March 6, 2006 #

  3. Is “Collon” some kind of little chocolate filled tubes? heh

    Comment by Jack — May 16, 2006 #

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