5 Unique Things I Found While Thrifting in Japan

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Thrift shops, or recycle shops as they’re called in Japan, are warehouses of throwaways with some gems hidden underneath all the undesirables. Grandma sweaters, ‘80s fashion blunders, and leather biker jackets sit on racks surrounded by dust bunnies, waiting for someone to purchase them.

Grab your crucifix if you come to visit me because you’re gonna need it for protection against this evil little thing.

In Japan though, the items you’ll find in a thrift shop are almost always in pristine mint condition, with no dust bunnies in sight. Japanese people are known for taking extremely good care of their items, so you’d almost never be able to differentiate between something new or used.

Thrifting has always been one of my favorite past times since childhood, so I wondered what kind of weird treasures I could find at shops in Japan.

Photo: Randiah Camille Green
Photo: Randiah Camille Green
The more PG figurines.

I headed down to Smile Company, a huge department store-like shop in Kanagawa Prefecture, hoping for wild taxidermy finds but was met with loads of collectible anime figurines including some *ahem* wild hentai ones. I didn’t buy any of those, though, I swear.

Instead, I took home some horror-movie collectibles, and other unique pieces to pimp out my tiny apartment in Tokyo. Here are five totally random things I found while thrifting in Japan.

Princess Mononoke Music Box

Photo: Randiah Camille Green
Ready to kill.

Anything Studio Ghibli always hits me in the childhood feels so when I saw this figurine of San, the badass main character from Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke, I knew I had …continue reading