Don Quijote: A Shopper’s Geeky Paradise

November 28, 2008 at 3:42 pm 1 comment

There’s one store I spend more time at than any other in Japan. It’s Don Quijote — a one-stop discount shop for all my geeky needs.

At the Roppongi branch, you have eight floors brimming with toys, electronics, anime goods and costumes of all types. The stock-boy packs the shelves so tightly, the store looks like it’ll burst open should a customer so much as sneeze down the aisle. I spend hours perusing through maid outfits on the top floor. I’ve yet to actually buy one, but should I ever quit my current job I plan on heading to Tokyo to learn the ways of serving tea and drawing hearts with ketchup.

On the lower floors you’ll find all sorts of odd costumes like Sailor Moon uniforms for men, hats shaped like poop, and anatomically-correct animal outfits. I commend anyone who can dress up as a raccoon with his family jewels hanging down like it’s nobody’s business.


Other floors supply more common-use items like clothes and toiletries. The store is open 24 hours so at all hours of the day you’ll see people coming in to do some serious shopping. Though one minute they’re searching for ribbed undershirts, the next minute they’re ogling maids in the center aisle.

Don Quijote is a mecca for purchases falling in the “want but don’t necessarily need” category. It’s a wonderland of stuff. Just don’t allow yourself too much time in the store, otherwise you’ll never see the light of day.


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