Another (final!) installment from our Japan trip series.
It has been 2 days since we came back home. And the withdrawal symptoms are beginning to manifest itself. You know the feeling when you start comparing how the food smells less fragrant, the taste bland or the colors not as vibrant…It is too much to bear!
From outlet malls to strip malls, Tokyo has so much retail that it might just take you a life time to visit them all, but by then you’d have to start again.They seem to be building them all the time! Just google the key words “shopping, Tokyo, map” and see the thousands upon thousands of results. This must be heaven for shopaholics.
And did the missus went nuts? You bet!
There are the crowds to match. Which is probably why there is so much retail anyway, afterall supply will run up to meet with demand! I am a demand manager you’d know! So you’d need to know that aside from the many shops, there are also many people. And they come from everywhere, with probably the same goal.
And that calls for wisdom…plan how you “attack” the shops with ruthless military precision. Like the death star positioning itself for a fatal strike, timing is everything. Getting into the shops at the right time will bag you not only great bargains but also the comfort of not having to ‘sardine’ your way within the already narrow aisle.
I was really surprised that the missus could buy more than 15 pieces of clothing in a short time. Talk about speed shopping (probably more enjoyable than speed dating).
And it seems whichever city one travels to, somehow you will find the allure of the force drawing you to one of them places where you can perhaps buy a light sabre? At least I got to spend some time looking at boyz stuff. Most of the other days (I’d say 90%) was spent looking at girlie stuff, holding the shopping bags, queuing to pay and finally paying the bill. The rest was spend eating quickly…though nicely.
All good it is now over!
With this post, the withdrawal symptoms have subsided, I am back to my normal self and the jedi trick the missus had pulled a fast one over me has faded. Your jedi mind tricks do not work on me anymore! No more shopping for a month!