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This is the location where twice a month an antique flea market takes place from dawn until dusk. The market is right in front of the gate to the Osu Kannon Temple.
This store is just like any other Tower Records that you find in America, and recently, in other countries as well with a few exceptions. For one, a significant part of the 120,000 CDs available are Japanese, as you might expect. There is also a small event stage where artists, local or otherwise, perform mini-concerts. There are usually signing opportunities afterward. If you cannot find the CD you are looking for, it can easily be ordered.
Located right next to Nagoya Station, this department store is without doubt a major attraction for the ladies, because it is jam-packed with boutiques selling the latest fashion from Japan and overseas; designer outlets that stock bags, perfumes, jewelry and just about every kind of accessory you can think of; and the odd coffee shop or restaurant where you can relax when you have shopped until you are ready to drop. It also has an amazing sculpture at the entrance. The six-meter high Nana-chan stands unclothed but unprovocative to welcome shoppers.
Nagoya is famous for its bright and lively underground shopping malls. This store has a wide selection of Asian clothes, accessories, interior decorations, etc. A Chinese tea set costing JPY3,500 is one such example. If you are interested in Asian-style fashion, you can coordinate from head to toe—colorful hats, Chinese dresses, straw slippers, a small beaded wallet, lace folding fans at a very reasonable price. Also, check out the Feng Shui corner of the shop.
While it is easy to think of this store as a general sports clothing store, it actually tries to cater to surfers, snowboarders and skateboarders. Indeed, most of the clothing is well suited for such activities, being baggy and comfortable. But with over 350 stores nationwide, there are certainly a number of people who shop here for simple and colorful casual wear. And why not? The prices are reasonable, and the brands are well known.
One of the newest large bookstores in Nagoya and part of the major nationwide chain, Kinokuniya Loft Nagoya is one of the few places to find a selection of English-language books and periodicals in the city. Occupying a complete floor of one wing of the Nadya Park building, it also offers a good selection of almost every other type of book, magazines and other reading material in print. A small open-plan coffee shop can be found in one corner.
This store caters to all of your Mac and iPod needs. Stop in to check out the latest games, software, and accessories. If you're traveling, the staff can direct you towards all the adapters you need for your electronics. Many locations also offer workshops on how to use their various products. See their website for more information and a calendar of events.
Every major city in Japan and even some minor ones have a Mitsukoshi department store. Some have several, including Nagoya, and this is the main branch here. For that reason, there is a big selection of styles and sizes available and many up-market fashion outlets are located here. Such high-profile brand-name fashion companies as Gucci and Prada are present, while lesser-known and more affordable shops provide shopping opportunities for customers on more restricted budgets.
There are actually several branches of Tsutaya, a nationwide media chain, around town. All have a sufficiently stocked CD section and numerous listening booths. In the literature section you will find almost as many magazines as books. And finally, there is a section devoted to video and DVD rental, which requires membership, though at reasonable fees.
Part of a nationwide chain, the Nagoya Watchman is conveniently located in the middle of the Sakae shopping district. The store specializes in more than just the watches that its name implies. It also offers great prices on household appliances, electronic goods, cameras, as well as various imported goods. Recently moved to a new site, it now offers a greater selection of goods than ever before.
Tokyu Hands is the mother of all miscellaneous goods stores in Japan. There are numerous branches throughout the country, and this one is amongst the largest. It comprises five floors of the Annex Building in central Nagoya. The store is also a great place to shop in if you are looking for toys and games, but it of course has much more than that, with everyday household goods and handy items in great abundance as well. You are even likely to find some items so unusual that there is no label to correctly characterize them.
Perhaps we will be lucky enough to see all bookstores look like this in the future. Besides two floors of books, magazines and other types of literature spanning all genres you can imagine, there is also a small cafe with drinks and pastries, and an internet lounge in Rakuda Shoten Honten. The store also hosts regular events and demonstrations, like ikebana, in which customers can participate. A great advantage is that there is plenty of free parking.