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:
  1. See's Candies
    I won't even stop for those bullshit caramels-on-sticks they're selling at the airport, let alone in Tokyo.
  2. Urth Caffe
    So big they apparently have their own traffic sign??
  3. Luke's Lobster
    LUKE HOW DID U GET HERE LUKE
  4. Garrett's Popcorn
    Spent 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.
  5. Brooklyn Charm
    Yep, the jewelry store off the L train is bigger here than Lost In Translation is.
  6. Sarabeth's
    ?!?!???? WHY
  7. Il Mulino
    This restaurant is one block from my apartment in NYC. I have never been. One block.
  8. Shakey's
    Really? We couldn't import Lou Malnatis to NYC but you can get Shakey's in Shibuya?
  9. Joe's Shanghai
    The 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!!
  10. One more from Joe's Shanghai bc WTF
    Imagine your local chinese restaurant has a glamorous Fifth Avenue sister wife you never knew about. HOW
  11. Fish's Eddy
    As part of a collaboration with Mister Donut (their Dunkin' Donuts) who had a Baggu collab the week prior
  12. Gorilla Coffee
    Only instead of being on a casual corner in Brooklyn, they have a CostCo-sized storefront in Tokyo
  13. Kate Spade Saturday
    Ya know, considering the brand shut down American operations a few months ago. (and this one has a pretzel cafe!)
  14. and...knockoff Cronuts!
    Dominique Ansel himself just opened a Tokyo cafe because peeps are obsessed, but imitations are everywhere!