(It was essentially like in Day 3 where I just wanted to go to the Liz Lisa because we were already planning on doing another activity in the area that the store was in, but somehow we ended up not doing the main activity, and I ended up traveling to a place just for the Liz Lisa wtf.)
Omiya is about 30 minutes away from Shinagawa. The train ride felt a bit long though. Leave the JR Omiya station via the west exit, and you can't miss Omiya Arche.
When I got to the entrance, I was also pleasantly surprised to see this display!
After what seemed like a long train ride, my mother and I quickly dashed to the restroom to freshen up.Which worked out well for me since I somehow didn't take an outfit photo before leaving the room and the bathrooms were really nice!
OOTD - Liz Lisa riders faux leather jacket, Liz Lisa sleeveless tie front lace top, Liz Lisa key motif skirt, Liz Lisa rose quilted bag, Liz Lisa lace up back pumps and off brand OTK socks. I'm also wearing the Yui Kanno collab rose barrette!
Since the renewal, Liz Lisa is now on the third floor! There were still many flower arrangements from the renewal event which happened the week previous.
This Liz Lisa location now has Penderie stock as well! I almost bought a top and skirt set that was really well priced, but I ended up not wanting to for some reason. My dad was forlornly sitting outside the store waiting for us anyway lol.
We also went to the Disney store in Omiya Arche which was right next to the Liz Lisa.
And I had seen the Ank Rouge store also on the third floor when we were coming up the escalator, so I decided that I wanted to shop there as well. I meant to check out Ank Rouge in Shibuya 109, but I actually didn't spend much time exploring Shibuya 109 during this trip because I don't really count the 2 hours I was waiting outside and the hours I was waiting at the Liz Lisa for/during the Yui Kanno event lol. Anyway, this seemed like a good opportunity to browse, so I did. They had a good display that clearly showed two sets available for what I considered a good price, so I decided to go with the top/bottom combo one (versus the OP version which was also a pretty good deal).
Here are the stock photos from the Ank Rouge webstore -
Lucky for me, the Omiya Arche store had all the color options for each of the items. I had a really hard time picking what I wanted because there were so many choices! I almost went with a navy jacket and skirt combo with red ribbon shirt, but in the end, I decided that I wanted to go with lighter colors and feature lavender which I don't have a lot of in my wardrobe and have been wanting to indulge in a bit more. I also got the novelty tote which looks a lot like the tote that comes in the set. (Somehow I ended up with two...I'm not sure why.) And I also received a lookbook/catalog book! [Photos of the items at the end of the post!]
If I had more time/wasn't with my father who was super bored, I would have loved to explore/browse Omiya Arche a lot more. It's a HUGE mall and has a lot of the brands that Shibuya 109 does + it's really near the station and easy to find. I mean, I probably could have, but I had a feeling I wasn't going to buy a lot of other things but rather just look so it would have kind of been a waste tbh. Maybe next trip!
As we were heading back to the station, we saw that there was a Daiei sign on one of the buildings. We used to have Daiei stores in Hawaii, but they have since turned into Don Quixote stores here (with a lot of the same content but a different name), and my parents were curious to what a Daiei in Japan would sell, so we went to check it out.
There's also a dollar store near the Daiei, and I picked up a few washi tapes and things for my coworker and some cheap stationary for myself.
Then, we went back to the station and headed to Ikebukuro. We were planning to meet back up with my bf there who was planning to go to the Ikebukuro Sansui. Meanwhile, I wanted to take a peek at the Liz Lisa in Ikebukuro Parco. For some reason, even though I've been there before, and I was in the direct area, I had such a hard time finding Parco wtf. It was so irritating, and by the time I finally got there, I just took a quick look in the store before I resigned to just go to lunch.
When I had dragged us to Ikebukuro Parco to check out the Liz Lisa during our last trip, we had eaten at a pasta restaurant that my father REALLY enjoyed. So much so, that he wanted to go again lol.
After lunch, we went to the Loft that's connected to Parco. My mom was really looking for this scissors and razor combo thing that's essentially the size of a pen that she bought last time from a Loft, but she couldn't find it. I, on the other hand, found a lot of things for my coworker who had specifically requested sakura themed things if possible! Loft definitely has lots of deco and washi tapes and a huge selection of stickers.
I had also wanted to go to the mon Lily store at P'parco but I still felt somewhat defeated since before when it took me a such a long time to find the Parco which was right in front of my face omfg. Anyway, I didn't feel like dragging my family there since I felt I was likely only to browse and not buy. Instead, we got back on the train and headed to Takadanobaba. My bf decided that that wasn't worth his time, and instead stayed on the train and went back to the Shibuya Sansui store.
My parents and I got off at Takadanobaba and exited on the east side of the JR station. Shimamura was a short walk away. I really wanted to go to Shimamura to see if I could get some LizMero stuff. It's a bit hard to find if you can't read Japanese since the name is in hiragana, and it's on the second floor of a grocery store, but thankfully I knew what the outside looked like so I was able to find it pretty quickly. The Shimamura in Takadanobaba only sells clothes which I didn't really connect until I got there. (It's called "Fashion Center Shimamura" which should have tipped me off but it didn't.) I had really wanted to see what LizMero goods I could get, but there was nothing like that there unfortunately. I was still able to find a great LizMero roomwear set though. I love my roomwear set from Liz Lisa's Chambre a Coucher line, and this one is pretty similar so I was happy to find it. [Photos of the roomwear set at the end of the post!] I also bought a Tsum Tsum tshirt for my friend.
We also shopped around for some snacks in the grocery store under Shimamura and went to Don Quixote on our way back to Takadanobaba station (for more snacks). This was pretty much our last shopping hurrah in Tokyo because we were leaving for Osaka the next day, and it was time to stock up, so that's why so much snack shopping lol. Because we had so many bags, we had to stop back at the hotel to drop them off before continuing on. That was good though because it gave us the opportunity to meet up with my bf again.
After dropping our stuff off and taking a short break, we all headed out to Asakusa for a little more site seeing and possible shopping.
There was a lot, like A LOT, of people with selfie sticks there wtf. I ended up putting on a mask because my face was getting dry and cold haha.
The big item on the agenda that day was actually back at the hotel and ended up being a little limiting in a way due to the time restriction. We needed to leave Asakusa by around 06:00pm to get back to our hotel and pack our bags so our luggage could be forwarded to our hotel in Osaka since the office closes at 08:00pm, and my mom still needed to pack all of her shopping from earlier in the day lol. [If it weren't for this, I probably would have tried to head straight to Odaiba from Asakusa to look around for an hour or so since I've never been there before.] We had considered trying to send the luggage first thing earlier that morning (so it would arrive in Osaka sooner and we could have had it out of the way), but I think based on the shopping we did throughout the day that day, it was best that we waited even though it eliminated a night activity. It's good that our hotel has a little Kuroneko office so conveniently located though, so we didn't have to lug our three very packed bags around outside to find a drop off point.
With that taken care of by 07:30pm, we were too lazy to go out and find a restaurant, so we decided to just eat at the hotel food court. There's about 7 or 8 vending machine type restaurants and a very reasonably sized seating area in the Prince Shinagawa Annex tower which we had previous visited and weren't wow'd by, but I'd consider it a good option when lazy because it's so convenient and there's a very reasonable variety in there lol.
My dad wanted to eat only a small meal because he and my bf were going to try to go to a gyu katsu restaurant later that night.
On Day 4, I finally purchased some non-Liz Lisa clothes. And actually didn't make any Liz Lisa purchases at all despite going to two locations. I bought most of what I wanted by this point, I think. Maybe I wish I had bought a few Penderie items from the Omiya Arche Liz Lisa store, but ehhh, I wasn't die hard over them, so I guess it's better that I didn't. I bought the Ank Rouge set for what I consider quite a good price anyway from Omiya Arche, so I'm not unhappy. This was essentially our last full day in Tokyo, and we spent it doing some stuff that we were familiar with and had enjoyed (Ikebukuro and revisting the pasta restaurant) and also some unfamiliar things (Omiya and Takadanobaba and Asakusa + trying out Kuroneko), and buying a whole bunch of snacks lol.
"Spoiler alert" - I didn't buy very many non-Liz Lisa items besides these and don't have enough to make their own blog post like I'm doing for the Liz Lisa items, so here's the items I purchased on Day 4 (worn)! -
From Ank Rouge -
"Premium Set #1" - Heart pocket tailored jacket in what Ank Rouge calls white but I'm pretty sure is pink (like seriously it's nowhere near being white), Round collar ruffle puff blouse in purple, Front ribbon hem print skirt in purple and small gingham ribbon ruffle tote in white + (2??) Sugar Me? and Be Mine? novelty ruffle totes
The top and skirt only:
From Shimamura -
LizMero floral print jacket with ears and shorts roomwear set in pink
Japan trip Spring 2015 posts
Part 1 - Pre-trip planning
Part 2a - March 21, Day 1: Liz Lisa Shibuya 109 Yui Kanno event
Part 2b - March 21, Day 1: Hawkeye Owl Cafe
Part 3 - March 22, Day 2: Kawatsura Strawberry Farm, Chiba, Shinjuku
Part 4 - March 23, Day 3: Tsukiji Fish Market, Yokohama, Machida
Part 5 - March 24, Day 4: Omiya, Ikebukuro, Takadanobaba, Asakusa & luggage forwarding
Part 6 - March 25, Day 5: Shibuya, Shinkansen & Osaka
Part 7 - March 26, Day 6: Tennoji MIO, Nara Deer Park
Part 8 - March 27, Day 7: Kobe (steak), Namba/Shinsaibashi & Keiko
Part 9 - March 28, Day 8: Kyoto, Berri & home
Part 10 - Hotels and Pupuru pocket wifi review
Part 11 - Liz Lisa shopping items/coordinates
Part 12 - Liz Lisa x My Melody 6th collab OPs and hand towel
Japan trip Summer 2014 posts
Japan trip Summer 2015 posts