CUTE JAPANESE ACCESSORIES & NAIL ART AT NEW MARUI ONE DEPARTMENT STORE: EMILY TEMPLE CUTE SHOP PHOTOS.
The new MaruiOne is more spacious than its former incarnation (which you can see in my Tokyo Shopping Guide). Some of my friends hate the redesign, while others think it’s an improvement. I don’t have strong leanings in either direction. The refurbished department store is easier to navigate but I enjoyed the grungier feel of the old Marui, especially the Kera Shop Arena (punk/Goth) floor.
I love how both shopgirls and customers wear Lolita clothes! The first two photos are from the Emily Temple Cute boutique on the third floor. I’m a big fan of the brand’s 1950s flair and delicate knit fabrics.
The third floor also holds kawaii and gyaru accessories. You can find cheaper (but less delicate) ones in no-name Harajuku stalls – or how about making them yourself! Find a tiny pink top hat and glue lace around the brim; add a hair clasp and you’re done. Or adorn thin gold hoop earrings with fake flowers from the dollar store…
Same goes for these caterpillar barrettes: just glue a few fuzzy balls from the craft store to a hair clip. I spent a long time awww-ing over the cute stuffed animals at Peach Club (and YES, that is a Hello Kitty lamp!).
I was tempted by these boxes of Japanese fake nails – but then, I remembered there were FIVE more floors to explore! Tomorrow, we continue our climb… What do you think of the new MaruiOne so far?
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