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Do you have a recurring dream that keeps playing itself when you sleep?
I have one about a wasteland in Japan. I’ve been dreaming about it for more than 10 years and it goes like this:

A wasteland is what I call stores packed with cute, colorful items, usually made in Japan.
In my dream I’m in Tokyo looking for the wasteland. I’ve been to the wasteland a couple of times in my dreams, and I’m looking for it and I can’t find it. It frustrates me that I have to find it before I wake up.
In my dream, the wasteland is full of colorful stationery and is nearby the hotel we are staying in.
It is also near an old restaurant that serves delicious steak and is located near a train station and amusement park.

That is all I know, and you know dreams don’t make sense when you tell it to someone else.
Many years ago I thought the wasteland might be in Sogo, Hong Kong.

The wasteland, Sogo

So each time I went to Hong Kong, I had to go there, no matter how packed my schedule was.
Unfortunately the wasteland in Sogo was renovated and it is no longer interesting.
I have searched for the wasteland in Singapore (Takashimaya)

The wasteland

Bangkok (Loft)

Loft, Bangkok

and even in Utrecht (Paperchase)

Paper Chase at Utrecht Centraal

But hands down, Tokyo is wasteland central, starting with Hakuhinkan in Ginza

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and Kiddyland in Harajuku. Just leave me here for two hours and I’ll be fine!

Kiddyland, Harajuku

Recently I discovered Loft in Marunouchi—so much space!

Loft Marunouchi
Loft Marunouchi
Loft Marunouchi

and Tokyu Hands is pure heaven!!

Tokyo : 11 Mar 2012
Ginza Hands

In my heart the true wasteland is called Etoile in Bakurocho, but it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than to go there because it is a wholesale membership club.

Etoile
Etoile

I know the pictures don’t say much, but for me it’s the happiest place on earth.
There is never enough time in Tokyo. Never enough money and never enough baggage allowance.
So frustrating!

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  • Waaaah 🙂 Paradise! Hehehe! I remember my childhood years whenever we’re in Hong Kong and the best tambayan places are in SOGO and other Sanrio gift shops. I can stay there for hours! Even bookstores in SOGO (Used to be on the top floor) and the likes of Commercial Press wherein they have the most wonderful notebooks and pens I can ever imagine! 
    I dream to go to Japan’s wasteland someday ***** 🙂 

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  • cristine villamiel

    omg i have a very similar recurring dream!!!  tokyo, except that mine isn’t a wasteland but a strip of cute shops.. mine also has a train station and it’s across an amusement park.  my gosh i’m not kidding!!!

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    CVS Reply:

    omg we should go together! !

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    cristine villamiel Reply:

    yes!!

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  • CWB Times Square has a mini wasteland beside CitySuper 

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    CVS Reply:

    whats cwb?

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    First Wives Club Reply:

    Causeway Bay?

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  • i like making handmade tags, cards & stationery so my version of wastelands are Michael’s, Hobby Lobby & similar shops. i can get lost for hours of bliss…:)

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    CVS Reply:

    where’s that?

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    la pintasera Reply:

     US ^^ They’re arts & crafts stores.

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  • Ms. C, I have been looking for similar places in Shenzhen, where my husband is now assigned for work, but sadly found only one (Honven).  I am a bit disappointed cause that is the place where they make the stuff they sell in wastelands.  Baka hindi ko rin alam where to look…

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  • njmanang

    Yes, but a dark one. Nothing sweet and happy like yours. Pretty much same dream, same ending through out  grade school and high school then stopped about 2nd year in college. Weird. I like yours better : )

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  • Ana Maria Zamora

     Ateeeeeee

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    CVS Reply:

    you like?

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  • Nakakaaliw that you dream of wastelands 😉

    For me, Saizen is Robinson’s Galleria’s saving grace, hehehe (nandoon pa ba ‘yon? Haven’t been there in ages.)

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    CVS Reply:

    It’s different now. it’s dusty and spare, so I haven’t been back in a while

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  • OMG Yes Tokyu Hands and Loft!!!
    It’s my first time in Japan last week. Naiyak ako nung paalis na kami ng Japan! Definitely want to go back!!!!!! <3

    Favorite place in the world! 🙂

    PS:
    I got a Porter wallet. Influence mo talaga ang Porter sa akin, sayo ko nalaman about Porter :3

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  • Chinabird

    I love paperchase!there’s loads here in London nyan,i buy all my notebooks from there…i just wanna thank you for this blog ms. C,,i’ve been reading it back in manila for a long while now and now that i’m here in london,coz my mum’s been having her chemotherapy and radiation treeatmant,your blog has always been the first thing i look at in the morning,permalink ko sya to what’s happening there.and i follow you in twitter too and instagram,o di ba fan mode lang?and i love pepper lunch even before i started reading your blog,,i always go to the one in ATC kasi near lang my house.

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    CVS Reply:

    thank you very much and hugs to your mum 🙂

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    Chinabird Reply:

    And this just made my day!!no,thank you for keeping me entertained!!and yday i saw poliform and i was thinking i’ve seen it before then i remembered you blogged about it!hehe…i’ll be in h&m for the MMM stuff you blogged abt too,will go look at the real ones i saw from the photos you posted..dami ko sinabe!haha..god bless you and your family ms. C!

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  • sky

    So cute!

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  • Sayang, wala ng Gift Gate. ‘Di sana meron din tayong wasteland dito sa Pilipinas.

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