| Photo Diary | Curiosity Shopping in Nikko

What do you call this style of shop? You know, those gloriously chockablock with stuff shops that hold things not quite antique, nearly always vintage and quite often just random. Curiousity shop? What about junk shop? But that seems so offhand especially when you find shops like these....

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On our little adventure up and down Japan, we discovered that Nikko has a treasure-trove of well, treasure troves. I don't think I have ever regretting not buying everything in sight as much as I do when looking back over these photos. I have no idea how I would have brought any of it back, let alone where I would have kept it all if I did. Baggage allowances and small flats are such an obstacle for collect-a-lots like me!

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  1. What a wonderful collection of treasure to-be-found! Traveling and packing does make it easier NOT to buy everything in sight. So hard to do in Japan though!

  2. What a wonderfully bizarre menagerie! I always feel the same in stores like this - I want to take everything home, especially the most impractical and ridiculous pieces that I can't fit in my suitcase or my home.

  3. the glasses have piqued my interest. Are they Japanese cartoon characters?

    Buckets & Spades

  4. Oh my, what I call these sort of shops are "my favourite sort"! I can lose myself for ages sifting through the possible treasures. So much creative possibility; so little space for me to store everything I find...

  5. This looks amazing! It kinda reminds me of the antique shop on Brick Lane. I actually recognised a kokeshi in your photos that I have at home haha

  6. I love these kinds of shops, most people get annoyed with everything all around like that, but I love it. Soooo many treasures to discover, amazing place :))) xx

  7. this is such an awesome place.. i was thinking to myself.. if i ever have the opportunity to go how would i bring everything back with me?! :)

  8. I like to call them 'Aladdin's Cave' because they have so many random, magical, wonderful things packed into them :) really love all the wooden dolls, they look precious


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