AMERICAN BUSINESSES I NEVER EVER EVER EXPECTED TO SEE IN TOKYO
I know 7-11 is massive there and random stores like Saturday Surf and Freeman's are big, too. But this? This I never could have prepared myself for:
- •See's CandiesI won't even stop for those bullshit caramels-on-sticks they're selling at the airport, let alone in Tokyo.
- •Urth CaffeSo big they apparently have their own traffic sign??
- •Luke's LobsterLUKE HOW DID U GET HERE LUKE
- •Garrett's PopcornSpent my childhood licking their greasy orange cheese off my fingers in downtown Chicago. The line is long back home, but here it is *epic*. The queue at Tokyo Station (there are multiple Garrett's!) was 30 people deep.
- •Brooklyn CharmYep, the jewelry store off the L train is bigger here than Lost In Translation is.
- •Sarabeth's?!?!???? WHY
- •Il MulinoThis restaurant is one block from my apartment in NYC. I have never been. One block.
- •Shakey'sReally? We couldn't import Lou Malnatis to NYC but you can get Shakey's in Shibuya?
- •Joe's ShanghaiThe dingy, crowded Chinatown restaurant i gorge myself on soup dumplings at back home is here IN A BIG WAY. I won't even pee at the NY one and this outpost has chandeliers!!
- •One more from Joe's Shanghai bc WTFImagine your local chinese restaurant has a glamorous Fifth Avenue sister wife you never knew about. HOW
- •Fish's EddyAs part of a collaboration with Mister Donut (their Dunkin' Donuts) who had a Baggu collab the week prior
- •Gorilla CoffeeOnly instead of being on a casual corner in Brooklyn, they have a CostCo-sized storefront in Tokyo
- •Kate Spade SaturdayYa know, considering the brand shut down American operations a few months ago. (and this one has a pretzel cafe!)
- •and...knockoff Cronuts!Dominique Ansel himself just opened a Tokyo cafe because peeps are obsessed, but imitations are everywhere!