Osaka September 2014 Part 3 – Umeda

Since Crissey and I basically just had 48 hours in Osaka, we decided to use our last remaining day relaxing and shopping! I brought Crissey to my favorite spots in the city, and it was all so convenient because our hotel was right in the heart of Umeda. I *always* stay in either Hotel Granvia or Hotel New Hankyu whenever I’m in Osaka because I love waking up to the view of Yodobashi Camera, lol. 

Thanks to Access Travel and Tours for arranging this for us!

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I will never get tired of this view! On the left is already JR Osaka Station. The huge building on the right is Yodobashi Camera a.k.a. what dreams are made of

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If you haven’t heard of Yodobashi Camera yet, it’s like a giant shopping mall for electronic products. On some floors, you can also find cosmetics and fast fashion, but people mostly go for the gadgets.

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Yodobashi Camera has EVERYTHING. Every lens, every camera, every iPhone case, and every little (sometimes big) thing that you can never, ever find in other countries. 

And what’s even more awesome about it is that it closes rather late, around 10 p.m. or so. If it were just me, I could stay in there forever!

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IS THIS HEAVEN? I don’t mind staying here for hours.

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There’s also always a part of Yodobashi that sells gashapon or capsule toys. Crissey and I got these Sailor Moon charms! 

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There are plenty of capsule toys to choose from! They’re quite cheap, but the only downside to it is that you can’t choose which ones you can get, lol.

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Silver Spoon! I enjoyed the first season a lot! Haven’t had time to watch the second one yet though.

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Love toy cameras? 

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Pimp your camera with these stylish camera straps.

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There’s also a beauty section in Yodobashi, which is awesome on so many levels. Girls can be geeky and beautiful at the same time! 

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Different eyelashes for your needs. Nowadays, Japanese girls prefer natural-looking ones that mimic the look of eyelash extensions. 

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The secret to perfect Japanese hair! They have the large barrel curlers that I’ve always wanted. Would buy if only they weren’t 100 volts (Philippines = 220V)! u_u

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Kiko Mizuhara, can you be any more perfect? 

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Random find! There’s a popular nail salon in Omotesando (Tokyo) called tricia… which err, happens to be my name. 

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KOJI collaborated with tricia (lol, sounds funny when I word it this way) to create these super kawaii nail stickers!

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After Yodobashi, Crissey and I spent hours in LUCUA, a shopping mall within JR Osaka Station. This is my go-to place for shopping in Osaka, because they have most of the brands that I like such as Lowrys Farm, CECIL McBee, Mercury Duo, Esperanza, Ray Cassin, MURUA, etc.

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EMODA is there, of course!

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Count it on the Japanese to make fall fashion/colors cute!

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I think Japan has the best collection of iPhone cases in the world. More often than not, fashion brands make an extra effort to produce their own iPhone cases to match with their current collection. Japanese fashion is really a lifestyle.

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Loft is also a must-visit! They’re kind of like Tokyu Hands where you can find everyday commodities, including pretty stationery such as these!

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Late lunch at the Starbucks in LUCUA. 

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Caramel Custard & Espresso, Caramel & Pudding Frappuccino, and Bitter Caramel Macchiato. Japan always gets the nicest Starbucks drinks, huhu

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The barista put a smiley face on my drink! :)

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Yodobashi on the left, our hotel on the right. Beside our hotel, there’s a giant drugstore that closes late at night. BUY ALL THE MAKE-UP

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This kind of bag has been popular among Japanese men for a long time now. My brothers got similar bags in Fukuoka about 3 years ago, and they’re pretty amazing because you can wear them like this, or in front (anti-theft style).

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Our next stop was EST, which was also about 5 minutes away from our hotel. Here you can find brands like Lily Brown, muse muse, ROYAL PARTY, SPIRALGIRL, Azul by Moussy, EGOIST, Esperanza, titty&Co., Merry Jenny, FIG and VIPER, Laguna Moon, etc.

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And of course, INGNI! I always recommend INGNI to people who ask me about affordable Japanese fashion. INGNI always has the latest trends that you can find in Japanese magazines, and they’re also generally cheaper than most brands. The shirt that the mannequin is wearing is 2900 yen or about 1100 pesos only.

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Recently, I’ve also been warming up to this brand called SmirNasli! Their style is very ladylike and sophisticated.

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Just beside EST is HEP FIVE, a shopping mall that you can’t really miss when you’re in Osaka. There’s a giant red ferris wheel on top of the building.

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This brand called emsexcite was having a major sale! The line was so long, but Crissey and I managed to get some really good deals. They were selling light, high-quality knits for 2300 yen or 920 pesos, lololol who would say no to that?!

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Got a nice pinstripe pencil skirt here too!

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HARE is my default place to buy my boyfriend and brothers gifts. If I were a boy, I would definitely wear HARE all the time! 

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We spent so much time shopping, that we didn’t notice that it was starting to get dark! Crissey has never been to Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori before, so we made it our last stop for our trip, before our early flight back to Manila the next day.  

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She was so excited to finally see the Glico Man but something unexpected happened, and… I’ll tell you guys about it in my next post! /cliffhanger

Thanks again Access Travel and Tours for helping us arrange this trip! Don’t forget to check out EnjoyJapan.PH for your daily dose of Japan travel inspiration!