Today’s exploration outing took us to Shinjuku, known to be the “crafty” part of town.
We were only able to visit 2 stores, Yuzawaya (floor 11) and Tokyu Hands (floors 2-8) of the Takashimaya Times Square building. There was everything! But that was not the best part of the day. The best part was in the basement of the building: food booths, about 50-80 of them, packed in like convention booths in the Grand Ballroom. All types of food booths-Japanese, Chinese, European; tea and juice samples, and, of course, the patisseries.
There was one booth that stood out from the rest: the extreme fruit. The box of 12 strawberries (top right-hand corner) costs $72 USD.
*Also note that a small French food vocabulary is helpful in this city.