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Aloha Fukuoka! Let’s go shopping!

Shopping in Japan doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be cheap and fun

Posted April 29, 2012 by Melissa Chang

Performers emulating Naruto at Canal City's Anime/Manga Festival

I apologize for being so late with my Fukuoka blogs — since I got home, it’s been nonstop for Nonstop, but there’s still so much more to show!

When you get to Japan, there is no shortage of places to shop. You’ve seen the markets that we went to, but as far as malls, you can choose from high-end, super-mega-malls, like Solaria and Canal City; underground malls at the train stations; and less-expensive malls like Sun Road and a host of others that have (maybe) second-rate stuff, but it’s good all the same. I’m not including photos of convenience stores like Family Mart or Lawson, because they are everywhere and are hard to miss. These stores are cheap, with good quality convenience food, all around 100 yen and up.

Here’s a super-abbreviated look at Canal City, which is kind of like Ala Moana:

Aloha Fukuoka! Exploring Canal City (1 of 31)

Aloha Fukuoka! Exploring Canal City

Canal City is a huge, huge mall in Fukuoka. There are other huge malls, like Solaria, but those operate (in my opinion) like gigantic department stores, whereas Canal City is more of an open air mall, like Ala Moana. This is just a small sliver of the mall from across the street.

We also went to lessor-known malls to get cheaper items. Remember, just because the mega-malls are cool, it doesn’t mean you have to buy things there. You can shop and eat in Japan on the cheap, even with the yen being so strong.

Other Fukuoka Shopping (1 of 15)

Other Fukuoka Shopping

As we wandered around Fukuoka, We came upon Ishimura — a half-price bakery and confections store. By the time we got there, much of it was picked over, but there were still some nice items to be had.

I decided to break out some of my shopping pictures into a separate gallery called “Engrish.” The Japanese are known for their wacky use of English words and phrases on clothes, products, and stores, which make for some outrageously funny photos. (I snapped as many photos as I could until storekeepers told me to stop. I think me and Val laughing hysterically probably gave it away.) And yes, I even bought some of these to wear at home. Oh, Japan.

We love Engrish! (1 of 23)

We love Engrish!

These photos just touch the tip of the iceberg. If you want to see the rest of my photos, click here.


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  1. M
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Hello Melissa!
    Thank you for the picture tour of Fukuoka. I can’t wait to get there in June.

  2. Melissa808
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm

     @M Thank you!! BTW, if you get a chance to have kebabs, let me know how these are:

  3. nonstopmari
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Omg!!! ‘even in the middle of new york harry was still travis…’
    Peace is not wer … Know what ai mean???
    Go back!!! Get more!!

  4. Melissa808
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:45 am

     @nonstopmari No banana, no life.

  5. M
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I’ll try to check it out…

  6. jlieu
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    The Mochi rolled in chocolate looks so yum!!

  7. Melissa808
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm

     @jlieu it totally was! I’ll share some other mochi with you if you want.

  8. harrycovair
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Define “expensive ume” (Other Fukuoka Shopping, pic 12).

  9. Melissa808
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

     @harrycovair $12-21 for a container of ume!!

  10. Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Man, this makes me MISS FUKUOKA! When we going back???

  11. Melissa808
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

     @Cat Let’s go! I’m ready….any time there’s a fare special!

  12. Melissa808
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm

     @nonstopmari ps did you notice? “Rodeo Crowns?”

  13. KAN
    Posted May 9, 2012 at 7:16 am

    That seals it – if I can have lunch with Moomin, I’m definitely going to Fukuoka.

  14. Melissa808
    Posted May 9, 2012 at 8:10 am

     @KAN right?? I think they have a nice brunch—not sure, but we saw something yummy as we were peering in from the outside.

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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