Must-Visit Stores for Shopping in Japan, According to Tricia Gosingtian-Gabunada

One of Philippines' first fashion bloggers shares her favorite fashion finds from one of her favorite places to visit.

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If you’ve ever searched for style inspiration online in the last decade, chances are the name Tricia Gosingtian (now Tricia Gosingtian-Gabunada) is familiar. Tricia has been documenting her outfit of the day since 2008 on style platform Lookbook.nu and hasn’t stopped. These days, you’ll find her OOTD posts on Instagram, where she has currently 226,832 followers. She shares photos of her travels, discusses mental health, and continues to be a fashion inspiration for many women here and all over the world.


We caught up with the 30-year-old shinnichi (Japanophile) who has been obsessed with everything Japanese even before all the hype. We asked her all about her love for Japanese style and where her favorite spots are to shop whenever she’s in the land of the rising sun.


What is it about Japanese style that you love?


“I’ve always loved how Japanese style celebrates individuality more than just blindly following trends. One of the things that made me fall in love with Japan is the variety of subcultures they have when it comes to fashion. I remember ogling at Japanese magazines stands when I was younger. They had one magazine per subculture/style. Everything and everyone was well represented.”

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What was the first Japanese brand that got you hooked on their fashion?


“I used to be obsessed with this brand called Liz Lisa! Think doll phase circa 2010-2011. I’ve always loved dainty florals, ruffles, pastels, and lace, and this brand took it to the extreme! My style has evolved since then, but I still think very fondly of that time I was obsessed with looking like a Japanese doll!”

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Where is your favorite area in Japan to shop?


“Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo, Shinsaibashi in Osaka, Tenjin in Fukuoka.”

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If someone is going to Japan for the first time, what are the shops or brands do you think she should check out (and why)?


“I’ve never met anyone who didn’t instantly fall in love with Don Quijote, Tokyu Hands, Loft, and Yodobashi Camera. Don Quijote is a one-stop shop for everything, and they’re always open past midnight in case you have tours scheduled during the day. Tokyu Hands and Loft are great for those knick-knacks that you didn’t think you needed until they’re right in front of you. Yodobashi Camera is a gadget-lover’s heaven! I could spend hours there!”

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What are some shopping tips you could give to travelers?


“Always ask for tourist tax refunds! Most shop staff know the term “tax free,” so don’t be afraid to ask. Some credit cards also have additional discounts.”

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Any unusual shopping haunts you frequent in Japan?


“I always try to find hole-in-the-wall thrift stores whenever I’m in Japan. They never outgrew their kawaii aesthetic -- you can’t help but go ‘aww!’ at their dress and accessory collections from the ‘70s to the ‘90s.”


If you could bring one brand from Japan to the Philippines, which one would it be and why?


GU, the trendy, more affordable sister brand of Uniqlo; Lowry's Farm; or Sense of Place by Urban Research -- chic, wearable basics that anyone can wear.”


Photo courtesy of Tricia Gosingtian-Gabunada


Photo courtesy of Tricia Gosingtian-Gabunada


Photo courtesy of Tricia Gosingtian-Gabunada


You can get more style inspiration from Tricia on tricia.ph or follow her on Instagram @tgosingtian


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