Japan is the world’s undisputed king of kawaii (cute) and it’s no surprise that Daiso, its leading chain of 100 yen shops, is where you can find reasonably priced items adorned with the faces of familiar and unfamiliar characters.
You ‘re sure to find a Daiso near major train stations and shopping malls throughout Tokyo and beyond. From Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Winnie to Pooh to Sanrio’s Hello Kitty and My Melody and beyond, you’re sure to find something among the thousands of items at Daiso that catches your eye. Here’s a look at 10 items from Daiso that are just as useful as they are cute. The best part? They’re all 100 yen each (108 yen including tax)!
Mickey Mouse Bag Hook
Space is at a premium in Japan, and its trendy restaurant and cafes are no exception. What to do when there’s no space for your handbag or pouch? If you have this bag hook shaped like Mickey Mouse’s hand, you can magically transform any table or counter into a makeshift storage area.
This lightweight hook takes up little space, yet it is sturdy enough to hold up to 4 kilograms.
My Melody Mug Lid
Transform a boring cuppa into a fantasy tea party with this whimsical My Melody cover.
It quickly attaches to nearly any sized mug or cup with a thickness less than 5 millimeters. This lid is also useful for when you’re out in public and don’t want to leave your drink unattended.
My Melody Medicine Case
Don’t take medicine but can’t bear to leave Daiso without buying this charming medicine case shaped like My Melody? Here’s an idea: Use your medicine case to store purikura, those tiny sticker pictures you take at arcades and shopping malls.
They also make a great container for rings, earrings, and false eyelashes.
Mickey Mouse Tweezers
Sure, you probably already own a pair of tweezers, but do your tweezers have Mickey Mouse on them? Add this pastel hued pair to your carry-on so that stray hairs never catch you off guard when you’re off the ground.
For all their tidiness, public toilets in Japan rarely have soap, paper towels, or hand dryers. Keep your hands clean on the go with these adorably packaged wet sheets. They’re also great for wiping down your smartphone and other electronic devices. You get two packs of 32 sheets for only 108 yen -- what a bargain!
Unfortunately, the sheets themselves have no designs on them, but your mood will instantly brighten whenever you pull out this case.
Wet tissues come in resealable packaging, but over time the adhesive wears out. If you’re not careful, your wet sheets will soon become dry sheets that will be of little use to you.
Attach this lovely pink plastic lid to your package of wet wipes to ensure they stay sealed, fresh, and moist. The adhesive is durable, meaning you’ll get plenty of use out of the reusable lid.
Mickey Mouse Clothespins
Laundry can be a bore, but it doesn’t have to be with this package of 20 ultra bright and durable Mickey Mouse clothespins.
Keep your unmentionables from flying away or use as a bookmark when reading your favorite manga; use them to reseal a bag of your favorite Japanese snacks or string a line and hang photographs of your time at Tokyo Disney Resort -- the possibilities are endless!
Hello Kitty A5 Size Mesh Case
Another functional item with unlimited potential are these mesh cases some in a variety of sizes, but A5 is a great option if you’re undecided. A tablet neatly fits inside this semi-translucent Hello Kitty Case. Add your stylus, a few maps, and travel brochures and you’re all set to go.
Winnie the Pooh Pencil Case
We surely live in a digital world, but there’s nothing like writing with pens and pencils. Store all those cute erasers and nifty pens you’re bound to find in Japan in this conveniently sized case that features a variety of characters. They’re priced at 108 yen each, so if you can’t choose one, choose them all!
Mickey and Minnie Mouse Embroidered Handkerchief
Carry pocket tissues long enough and you’re bound to find them scrunched up in the bottom of your bag. Avoid the hassle and choose one of these embroidered Mickey Mouse handkerchiefs. Handkerchief aren't just for runny noses; Use them for wiping sweat and dirt off your face or drying your hands.
Head to your nearest Daiso before all the kawaii character goods are gone! Find a Daiso in Tokyo near you:
Daiso (Harajuku)ザ・ダイソー 原宿店
- Address 107, 1-19-24, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan
Daiso (Asakusa)ザ・ダイソー 浅草ROX店
- Address Asakusa Rox 1-25-15 Asakusa, Taito-ku,Tokyo
Daiso (Ueno)ザ・ダイソー 上野店7F
- Address 4-8-4 Ueno, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Daiso (Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi)ザ・ダイソー 東京スカイツリータウン・ソラマチ
- Address Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi East Yard 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Daiso (Shinjuku Subnade)ザ・ダイソー 新宿サブナード地下街3丁目
- Address Daiso Shinjuku Subnade Chikagai 3 Chome
Daiso (Ikebukuro)ザ・ダイソー サンシャインシティアルパB1F
- Address 3-1,Sunshine City Alpa B1F, Higashiikebukuro , Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0013, Japan
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