Shopping in Jurong just got a little bit more awesome. It’s not hard to love JEM/Westgate, malls which are linked to each other by a very punny sounding “J-walk” and together have Kinokuniya, Muji, Robinsons, Sephora, Isetan and many food outlets between them for a shopper to get lost in for the entire day.
And now we have Tokyu Hands, Japan’s “Creative Life Store”‘s second overseas store in Asia – right here in Singapore’s Westgate mall!
Edit 20/11/2014: Tokyu Hands has opened a second branch in Orchard Central, at Basement 1! ; )
You cannot compare Tokyu Hands massive stores in Japan to the 7,500 sq ft Tokyu Hands Singapore store, but it certainly wasn’t any less interesting!
If you’ve been to their pop-up stores (back in 2012/2013, I made a beeline for both their pop up stores!) which brought in a small selection and wasn’t feeling too fangirl-ly about it, fret not – the temporary store’s got much more space, and many more interesting items – me and my girlfriend were going “wah wah wah!” non-stop at the items they’ve brought in, which are specially curated with the Singaporean shopper in mind!
If you already love Tokyu Hands in Japan and feel like buying the entire shop when you’re there, keep your wallet tight – because this store’s got me feeling the same too. I had to resist carting more of their quirky and cute items into my basket!
Less talk, more pictures. In case Jurong is too far for you, here’s a peek of what’s in store for you if you decide to take a quick jaunt in the west!
Flanking the front of the store, you have RooTote, which lets you customize tote bags to your desire with their hot-press technology (sort of like what used to go on in pasar malams and tee shirts, but with better quality patterns!).
And right beside it, you have B-side label, a sticker brand with a store in Harajuku! I’ve actually purchased their stickers before on 2 previous trips and I’m glad to see them in Singapore! Decorate your MBP, Files, iPhone casings etc with these waterproof stickers – in fact I bought some “I LOVE TOKYO” ones but haven’t had time to get them onto Ah Teck yet. (“Ah Teck”‘s the name of my ride hahaha) As you can see, they have stickers of all sorts, from the cute to the sexy and text based ones and they’re all designed by B-side Label themselves! It’s worth a look and I can foresee this being popular with students especially!
And at the front of the beauty section, which are all located on the left side of the store, we have Vecua Honey, a skin / body care line from Japan AND made in Japan with naturally derived ingredients of the finest quality! Their body scrub is da bomb and their body shampoo smells soooo good. I’ll talk about them a little more in a separate blog post because they have quite a huge range of products, but trust me, you’ll love their body scrub! It leaves my skin soooo smooth and happy ; D
Toys and display items like Nanoblocks
Cute owl pots and cups!
decorative clocks! These are mighty cute and I’d imagine the shops in Haji lane loving ’em.
Nani Kore?! HAHAHA.
On the right we have book marks with eye drawings over them hahaha. And on the left, I thought they were acrylic rings, but let’s take a closer look…
SOLD. I WANT ONE PACKET PLEASE. But I forgot all about it till I made payment and was scurrying out of the store -.-
Bags & pouches by Chums!
And more bags – this one’s really nice and I would have walked away with one if I had a use for tote bags.
And we have here, umbrellas. Not sure if all of them are typhoon-safe but boy, are they cute or what?! This display spans over TWO shelves.
Their stationery portion takes up practically 1/3 of the store and I nearly went bananas checking everything out. Everything’s interesting! Everything’s worth a second look!
Rows and rows and ROWS of neatly designed pens. For now. They were starting to get a little disturbed by the time I arrived.
Now these pilot parallel pens (on the bottom row) are actually calligraphy pens, and I had been looking for them in Singapore but it was discontinued AND the price of the remaining stock? It was $26++ in Kinokuniya. GUESS WHAT? BROUGHT BACK AT $10.70 (which is even cheaper than USA prices of 10 USD). HELL YES, TOKYU HANDS! And refill inks at $1.80! The inks also work with the other Pilot pens you see on the first row which are fountain pens. These pens were $16.75 each but they were too pretty to be resisted! Into my basket you go!
Midori makes a LOT of pretty stationery, and this is one of their more famous products, the beautifully rugged looking Traveler’s Notebook. It comes in two sizes and colors here – passport sized, and a longish one in either brown or black leather.
The notebooks come in 2 different sizes, and sort of like a filofax without the metal bindings and the holes, it allows you to add on notebooks with the type of pages that you kind (lined? squares? blank?) and it’s sort of like a mini scrapbook of sorts.
I got the passport sized one for my upcoming trip! ; D That set me back by $50.
They also have tape, and behind the Traveler’s notebooks are more notebooks, and more accessories to pimp up your notebook(s)!
Did I mention that they sell Fujifilm instax cameras and films in here too? The instax printer costs $277 SGD. I have both cameras they’re selling – I’m definitely an Instax fan!
Instax stickers and albums!
It’s actually an accordion album!
A closer view! Now I think I’m gonna take 5000 pictures during my europe trip and maybe get one or two, hahahhaah!
They also sell albums with photo pockets!
The Japanese use a lot of notebooks and diaries, but in Singapore it’s not as big – but Tokyu Hands still brought in a small selection to Singapore anyway.
And you know what else they are crazy about? POST IT NOTES. There are at least 4 shelves dedicated to post it notes here and some of them are irrefutably ADORABLE!
Sticky notes with messages – Thank you, Sorry, For you…
and WOW LOOK AT THAT!!! It nearly got me grabbing a few into my basket even though I have no use for it!
Aren’t they just the sweetest post it notes ever?!
And you thought it was over? Nope. These are even cuter sticky notes!
Me: Eh what’s this?
Me: No leh *squats* can hang on your computer one leh like display accessory
GF: *takes closer look* OMG THEY’RE POST ITS!
White board note books. Wut?
Chalkboards! AND IT’S LIKE THE CUTEST THING EVER! It immediately went into my basket hahahaha
The symbol and number stamps I regretted not bringing home in the end. I love how the letters have a more hand written touch and it was only $30! Problem is if I bought this I would need the box of alphabets too…
Crayons which are transfer proof and and safe for kids to play with!
And more patterned chalk which makes… patterns.
They also have a range of super cute photo albums, both self adhesive and with slots. And of course being a Japanese store they HAVE to make demo samples using the things they sell in-store! Here’s an album with a pop up greeting
Another one! This one comes in 2 sizes and many fun prints. These are $24+, there were cheaper ones ($17, though not as cute but thicker and bigger) in a notebook design which I pulled out from the bottom row. Perfect to tuck away my memories from blog events in!
Fitcut Scissors with an ergonomically designed grip – they didn’t bring in the non-stick version but they have many other kinds of cute scissors available!
And the notepads! So many notepads and these ones are origami note pads! Write a note, then fold them up. You can find them in Kinokuniya too but they’re well priced here as well.
What’s this? Looks like a normal note pad, but then you open it up and realize…
Hmmm?! They are actually note envelopes!
“Looks like memo, but kinds of envelope” hehehehe.
It comes in cute, small sizes too. The 14 year old me would have purchased the entire row. I still do feel like purchasing the entire row actually.
Even their envelopes are PRETTY. And this one has a matching notepad set mind you. I didn’t see much cute notepads like what they always have in Tokyo though.
Need a pup to carry a message for you? This is so cute lah! Reminded me of Jayne immediately haha
And surely you cannot miss the huge MT island (somewhat) in the middle of the store?! So. much. tapes! And yes I expected it to be in Tokyu Hands, no less! You can grab an exclusive Tokyu Hands Japan tape but it’s not anything special looking. I do hope that they start doing some kind of limited edition Tokyu Hands Singapore tape someday : p
Various ways of using washi tape and the post-its they sell in case you need some ideas
The SOFTEST fluffliest towels! $22 a face towel and $63 for a body one. Can you tell that I’m TEMPTED? My face deserves a fluffy and soft washing cloth!
Did I say butt cushions? I said butt cushions.
Core exercise equip that also doubles up as butt seats
Tried the one on display. OH MY GOD IT’S SO COMFY I WANT IT TOO.
Tokyu Hands x Columbus special collab!
Leather care items.
I was staring at it because of the pretty packaging before I realized that they’re… TOOTHBRUSHES. Wot. Seriously they look like hotel toothbrushes BUT they’re so well packaged that it makes you want to buy them!!!
AND MORE TOOTHBRUSHES. They had almost an entire shelf of them what’s with the craze hahaha.
CAST IRON WOKS!!! Wah I don’t mind buying one back so that I can fry more vegetables hahaha
Actually i REALLY need this in my kitchen. It’s so damn hard for me to open bottle caps and all (sorry my hand is weaksauce). Any simple tiny problem you can think of, the Japanese have a solution for it. Salute.
One of the more interesting things (to me) was this anti dust mite thingy. I was amused by the NINJA branding (it’s specially rebranded for overseas market as the original Japanese packaging was just not attractive enough).
They even brought in dust mites (from japan, the sales staff said) to show you and he gave a very detailed explanation about dust mites and how we can zap them with his $35 a piece technology. Yes I was sold.
Other than Vecua Honey which I’ve mentioned at the top of the post, Tokyu hands also carries in an impressive range of Japanese beauty brands, such as Koh Gen Do, Haba, Canmake, Chacott, Makanai Cosmetics, Jozen Mizuno Gotoshi, Wasser, NOV, as well as drugstore brands like DollyWink, Heroine Make etc!
You can also find Koh Gen Do at Takashimaya, but it is pretty well stocked here as well!
Chacott can also be found in 100AM and in Rose Bullet Orchard Central
An entire shelf of rollers from the roller / massage obsessed country, no less.
Oro? An entire shelf of men’s grooming products, visibly distinguished by the simple blue packaging.
Nalis Brushes hail from Hiroshima Kumano, a town known for their brush making capabilities
Makanai cosmetics was a brand I was happy to see! It was founded in Kanazawa by women working in a foundry which pounds gold leaves with materials and ingredients from the workshop and kitchen.
See the logo? It’s a rabbit pounding mooncake on a wooden mortar!
I became acquainted with this brand because my eyelash sponsor bought me a pack as omiyage from their trip back to Kyoto and this facial washing powder was so interesting! Rice powder is contained in a sachet and you have to wet it to get suds out – then wash your face with it. I think it’s a pretty interesting novelty item and was a good omiyage as I had fun with it.
It costs $8 in Tokyu Hands and comes in 3 different scents/ingredient combination for different skins.
Japanese staff: “this is not cotton candy! do you want to try a bit of foam on your hands?” and he obligingly posed for a picture when I asked for it hahaha
Always been amazed by how the Japanese take foaming to a totally different level!
Kabuki face pack to scare your husband/parents lol. I must say it’s interesting and i was almost tempted to get one just to see how it looks on my face!
Something about beautifully packed cosmetics that wants to make you pick it up. I think it’s a japanese thing, they are so meticulous and pay so much attention to branding and packaging! I have much respect for their designers.
Even plain soaps look good.
They have hair chalk too! It’s $14.90.
I initially planned to spend like maybe max 30 minutes in there but there were so much stuff to explore that I ended up spending nearly 2 hours, and left the store nearly $200 poorer.
In actual fact it wasn’t a lot of things hahaha BUT it was a happy day of shopping!
Felt like i didn’t spend enough time there as I was too busy taking pictures to soak up the full experience in-store. Now that I’ve blogged about it I’m gonna head back some time soon and slowly comb every inch of the store. Hehehe.
Thank you Dily, for inviting me over and the generous bag of delightful skin/body care items!
It was also my pleasure to meet Mr Sakaki, CEO and Mr Fujikawa, GM of Tokyu Hands who so very nicely allowed me to take pictures in the store! Thank you so much for the kindness, Fujikawa-san!
I love anything Japanese la. Even the “Do not enter” sign looks so cute!
Price range wise, it’ll definitely be a little more expensive than Japan, but it’s not that unreasonably priced and the inflation differs from item to item. I couldn’t do price check for all the items but most of the Japanese craft items are same price, if not cheaper than other stationery stores out there. I’m more than happy to give support to the local store because I don’t want them to ever close down! I’ll be back, Tokyu Hands Singapore! <3
Tokyu Hands Singapore is located at #01-36/37 in Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive Singapore 608532.
They operate from 10am – 10pm daily.
www.tokyu-hands.com.sg | Tel: +65 6710 7100