Tokyo 2015: Cute and Kooky Character Shopping

We didn’t just stuff our faces with food during our summer holiday (though, from my past few posts, it probably seems that way!)  We also did a whole lotta shopping in the cutest and kookiest places we could find, from Tokyo Station to Nakano Broadway and, of course, Harajuku, here are some of my favorite kawaii finds! 💖

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❤ Cute Korea: Sanrio Gift Gate Seoul ❤

Thank glob for Sanrio Gift Gates, those heavenly pink portals into an alternate universe, where money seems to float from your pockets as your arms grow heavier and heavier with the weight of totally unnecessary, unbearably adorable things.  Rejoice, people of Seoul, for deep inside the shopping haven that is COEX lays a Sanrio Gift Gate of our own!  (It is, as far as I know, the only one in Seoul…possibly the only one in Korea?!)

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Cute and Quirky Shopping at 1300k

UPDATED: November 2014.  I updated the directions, since TGIFriday’s is gone and Forever 21 has opened!  Also, 1300k seems to have stopped carrying Hello Kitty merchandise, so check out the Sanrio Gift Gate instead!

This post is dedicated to my all-time fave shop in Hongdae for everything cute and quirky: 1300k!  (Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it!  ‘Book’, ’13-ook’?  Your guess is as good as mine!)

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Hangin’ Out in Seoul’s Hello Kitty Cafes!

UPDATE: The Hongik Hello Kitty Cafe has moved!  Click here for a post about the new cafe!

I guess most people are meant to grow out of their childhood obsessions as they age into adulthood.  Before coming to Korea, I tried to make myself more ‘grown up’: got my dip-dye locks cut into a boring bob, bought professional black and white clothes: long, shapeless skirts and baggy cardigans, and gave away most of my brightly-colored clothes and make-up *sob*.  Thankfully, I quickly realized that it’s generally acceptable for fully grown women to wear bright and bold outfits and accessories plastered with cartoon characters here.  And even though Hello Kitty is Japanese, she’s just as popular here as she is in Japan.  Sooo, lucky for me, there are two cafes in Seoul completely dedicated to all things pretty, pink, and Kitty!

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Hello Kitty in Hongdae and Puppies Galore!

PHEW!  Well, I’ve saved the best for last, folks.  Here’s the final post for this Seoul installment…

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OBVIOUSLY I had to go to a couple puppy cafes in Seoul.  The first one we went to was Cafe Pawz, in Gangnam, which is definitely THEE cleanest, poshest puppy cafe that probably exists.

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