I live two hours from Los Angeles, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Bad because the traffic is awful and some of those things you hear about people from LA (shallow, superficial, addicted to plastic surgery) are true. Good because it’s culturally diverse with a thriving Asian culture.
I decided to venture to Torrance one afternoon to track down a few Japanese shops that I’d found online. If you’re ever in the area, check them out!
This shop carries authentic kimono fabric! I went crazy here as my mom has an Etsy shop that specializes in doll clothing made from Japanese fabrics.
This place was an odd mish-mash of awesomely cute things like blind boxes, plushies, and Tokidoki brand goods.
This place was wall to wall Rilakkuma. It was small but jam packed with cuteness.
I was good, even after a trip to Mitsuwa, a huge Japanese marketplace with a mochi display case to die for.
I did score a handful of blind boxes…
And then ended my trip with a drive by the ocean…