One of my favorite shops in Kyoto is called Don Don Down on Wednesday. Which sounds even funnier if you sing it out loud, like the store attendants do every minute or so. The whole place is a colorful explosion of funky outfits, with a very simple pricing: each item has a fruit or vegetable tag attached, with each fruit or vegetable corresponding to a certain price listed out front. Bananas are the most expensive :)
So, you get the idea pretty fast, and then it’s time to go hunting for your fruity-veggie outfit.
The store entrance is already kind of psychedelic, with a giant golden Elvis welcoming you and filling you in on the latest bargains.
First stop, the sun-glass rack. From strange shapes and crazy colors, to all kinds of animals (with a penchant for bunnies) and unthinkable objects (bowling pins, seriously?!)
The shop features a nice corner with colorful New Balance sneakers but…wait a minute, if you’ve ever dreamed of walking around in a pair of pandas, they have that too!
Pandas are not the only animals available, you can also find some strange rabbits on hats, a cow backpack and a bear-like-hat.
Like in any store in Japan, there’s the shoe etiquette: when going to the fitting room, your shoes don’t enter with you.
Oh, and you would fancy a pear, wouldn’t you? :)
I also love the way the display mannequins wander around the store. When I first saw them, I took them for store assistants, but after a few seconds realized something is fishy since they weren’t moving at all.
But the weirdest thing you can buy here is a T-shirt of Snow White getting raped by the seven dwarfs (actually only by five, the other two dwarfs are busy with each other) or what seems to be a pop-art rendition of Brokeback Mountain. I guess they forgot to put the 18+ sign at the entrance.