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7 Top Shopping Destinations in Tokyo

Tokyo is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for all types of travelers. Its history, culture, and cuisine are just some of the top reasons to visit and explore the city. From traditional neighborhoods, breathtaking parks and gardens to upscale shopping districts, Japan’s capital is a delightful place that should be on everyone’s list of destinations. Fashion lovers will be happy to note that Tokyo’s shopping districts are as vibrant and unique as the city itself.

Ginza
Ginza
Points of interest: Tokyo’s top upscale shopping destination, posh boutiques and high-end shops, chic department stores, luxury items, traditional products and crafts, Dover Street Market Ginza, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Maison Hermes, Marronnier Gate, Matsuya Ginza, Mikimoto Boutique, and Takumi among others

Harajuku
Takeshita Dori
Points of interest: Youth fashion trends and counter culture, Takeshita Dori, LaForet Harajuku, trendy shops and boutiques; unique, quirky, and affordable clothing and accessories; souvenir shops, cafes and crepe stands

Omotesando
Omotesando Hills
Points of interest: Upscale shopping district second only to Ginza, also known as Tokyo’s Champs-Élysée, home to boutiques and shops of world-renowned brands like Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss, and Issey Miyake among others, Omotesando Avenue, and Omotesando Hills, from chic and stylish to cutting edge fashion

Nihonbashi
Mitsukoshi Department Store
Points of interest: Historic commercial district, shopping destination for traditional products and sweets as well as other food items from different regions in Japan, the Mitsukoshi Department Store that dates back to four centuries ago, food shopping places like the Takashimaya Department Store and Yamamotoyama among others

Roppongi
Roppongi
Points of interest: High-end shopping at the heart of the city; nightlife and its profusion of bars, restaurants, and clubs; shops and other attractions like Roppongi Hills, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo City View observation deck, National Art Center Tokyo, Suntory Museum of Art, and Tokyo Midtown

Shibuya
Shibuya
Points of interest: Youth fashion hub, small boutiques to designer brand shops, hosts the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week; shopping complexes and department stores like Loft, Marui (OIOI), Parco, Seibu, Shibuya 109, Shibuya Hikarie, Shibuya Mark City, ShinQs, and Tokyu; shopping streets like Center Gai, Koen Dori, and Supein-zaka “Spanish Hill”

Shinjuku
Shinjuku
Points of interest: Shibuya Crossing, the Shinjuku Station with its many shops and malls; shopping areas and department stores that include Bicqlo (Uniqlo and Bic Camera collaboration), Isetan Shinjuku, Keio, Lumine Shinjuku, Mosaic Street, Mylord, Odakyu Shinjuku, and Takashimaya Times Square

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Remember These When Shopping Online

online shopping

Let’s face it.

Online shopping is the new black.

As technology continues to dominate the world’s main industries, so does the trend of shopping online.

But while most people get to enjoy online shopping as is – having their purchases delivered right at their doorsteps before paying, even – others still get cynical about the legitimacy of online sellers and more cautious about the legitimacy of the online process itself.

That being said, remember these when shopping online:

Make sure to update browser.

One reason why people get their orders interrupted while paying for an item online is because of the device they’re using. It can either be due to network connectivity issues or hardware compatibility problems. But if there’s a definite culprit in this, it would be an outdated browser. Thus, make sure to update your browser regularly – not just for you to shop online without any trouble, but also for you to strengthen your online security.

Get rid of unnecessary extensions.

Are you sure about that Chrome extension? That’s one question you must ask yourself before shopping online. Make it a point to check your browser’s extensions as some, which you can get unknowingly from downloading online or even just by visiting certain websites, can pose serious threats to your online security. It could either phish information from your payment details or hack every information stored in your computer and even use those information somewhere else – and yes, under your persona.

Be mindful of website redirections.

Always remember, legit online shopping websites don’t ask people to pay for an item in another site or ask people to pay for an item with another detail – nothing more, nothing less.

How about you?

Do you love shopping online? What steps are you taking to ensure that your online security is in tip-top condition?

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6 of the Best Fashion and Design TED Talks

Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future. – Brian Tracy

TED Talks are perhaps among the best forms of free and easily accessible entertainment that you can gain a lot from. Its catchy slogan, “Ideas worth spreading” live up to its promise. Watching a TED Talk, regardless of topic, can be a source of insightful tales and perspectives. It can even be a source of inspired ideas, which can be quite useful if you hit a creative wall. With so many great talks and topics to choose from, here are some of the best ones on fashion and design worth watching.

Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.

This talk by Victoria’s Secret model Cameron Russell touches on stereotypes and using fashion as a platform or a tool for social good.

Isaac Mizrahi: Fashion, passion, and about a million other

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi shares stories and insights on how to maintain a creative and fulfilling life. He shares a myriad of inspirations from the simplest to the somewhat fantastical and outrageous.

Jessi Arrington: Wearing nothing new

In this TED Talk, designer Jessi Arrington explores the concept of conscious consumption. The message may resonate especially to those who may be thinking of living with less, scaling down their possessions, or want to be more conscious shoppers.

Jinsop Lee: Design for all 5 senses

Designer Jinsop Lee shares his ideas on designing for the senses – a multi-sensory approach to providing a design experience.

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture

This talk takes a look into how styles are built and how fashion trends are created. It touches on topics like copyright protection and how other industries take a leaf off the fashion industry playbook.

Tavi Gevinson: A Teen Just Trying to Figure It Out

In this video, Tavi Gevinson gives an insightful talk about the popular online magazine Rookie which she created for and by teen girls.

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