Now that I've been living in Japan for nearly two years, most of my surroundings don't seem as strange or curious as they used to be. Japan is definitely the place to find the most random and questionable items, but somehow it's just part of my daily world.
Don Quihote ドンキホーテ is a discount chain store that carries a wide range of products, including the aforementioned dubious items. The shop is crowded, the neon lighting is well, neon, and the jingles are blaring through the speakers over and over. It's open 24 hours, and at any given time of the day you can encounter long queues at the register and suspicious characters roaming the aisles. It's the best spot for people-watching in Shibuya, as all subcultures are represented, from the heavily made-up gyaru to pineapple-haired hosts and ubiquitous salarymen.
In one visit at the Donki (as it's known in Japan), you can stock up on everything.... seriously, every single thing you need or think you may need: laundry detergent, mascara, fake eyelashes value packs, blond wigs, gummy bears, vodka, socks, towels, perfume, sex toys, tea bottles, lunch boxes, bear costumes, hair brushes, ties, alarms clocks, fresh vegetables.
I'll take it all, please.
Please make sure to visit Donki in any sizeable Japanese city, you can kill so much time in the jungle of a shop, and find the most random items to give friends back home. And interestingly, Donki tends to close for a few hours in early morning (between 5-6am) to re-stock and clean, as Sophia and I learned one time, as we were desperately trying to stock up on eyelashes...