Now that we have a full tummy, it is time for the second round of shopping. We will walk around in Shinkyogoku Shopping Street that is just by Teramachi Shopping Street.
First, we went to an accessory shop Vanessa likes called Lattice.
The reason why she always takes her friends to this shop when they are visiting is…
…that all their accessories cost just 300 yen plus tax! Necklaces, rings, piercings… almost everything can be had for 300 yen!
They also sell bags, scarfs, and other things, so please take a look!
One of the reasons for the popularity of Shinkyogoku Shopping Street is that there are many arcades where you can play all kinds of games. The soothing music and cute plushies in front of one of the arcades invited us in…
I lost to the temptation and decided to try my skills with the UFO catcher. Unfortunately, I didn’t win anything. The scary thing about UFO catcher, or crane games, is that once you play, you want to play again; you fall into the mindset of “This time I’m surely going to win!”
After playing the games, we got a bit hungry… for sweets! So it was time for a little break.
Naruto Taiyaki Honpo is a famous taiyaki place in Japan, and it is always busy. Taiyaki is a kind of cake, but in the shape of a fish with usually sweet red bean paste inside of it.
Inside of the taiyaki there is either sweet red bean paste or a type of sweet potato called Narutokintoki. I had the red bean paste, and Vanessa sweet potato!
Actually it was the first time Vanessa had taiyaki here at Naruto Taiyaki Honpo, and she had heard it is good so…
And it really was that good! All of these taiyaki are handmade, and the way the sweetness of the red bean paste goes with the crunchy crust and the soft inside of the fish-shaped cake is just delicious! It was a sweet snack break.
We are nearing the end, and lastly, we went to the kanzashi specialty store Kanzashiya Wargo! They specialize in the traditional Japanese hair ornaments called kanzashi.
They are all handmade, so no two are alike, and they are all really beautiful and fashionable, and so Kyoto-like they make great souvenirs.
There were many other clothing and souvenir shops, and it was so fun looking at all of them that before we noticed it was already afternoon! This ends Shiho’s and Vanessa’s shopping report. Well done for the both of us!