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Store review for Shojiki-ya (Toyohashi)

Surfing the net the other night I came across the Lost Angel website and when I checked their shop list page I was surprised to see that they have a store in my prefecture (dunce that I am, I assumed that since it's in my prefecture, it would be a reasonable distance away. After almost an hour on the rapid to get there, I realized I was wrong).

The store is Shojiki-ya (正直ヤ) and it's in Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan.
OHP: http://www.shojiki-ya.com/
Yaplog: http://yaplog.jp/water_panda/

Anyway, I thought I'd do a little mini-review of the shop in case anyone is going to be in the area or something... and wanted to know... ^^;

How to get there
From Toyohashi station: there's only one ticket gate so go through there and go out the East exit. Take the stairs down to your left and walk straight, going over a little crosswalk. Turn right and cross the wide (6 or 8 lane) road. Go down the uncreatively-named Hirokoujidori (広小路通) and walk for about 4 minutes. It's actually a pretty narrow shopping arcade with all manner of interesting places. You'll pass a Lawson and McDonalds on your left. The stores are the second ones on the second chome (block), both on ground level. The punk store has a leopard-print canopy over the door, so look for that, because the stores don't appear to have the names on them and both have fairly dark windows.


There's actually two distinct stores, one punk clothing and the other lolita.
Shojiki-ya is the lolita shop. It's a relatively small store, but it's completely stuffed, much like Kera, with various select brands.
They mostly stock
Innocent World
MA/MAM
SEXY DYNAMITE LONDON
A+LIDEL
Visible

with a few Chocochip Cookie pieces here and there.
We have all those brands in Nagoya though, so I wasn't terribly interested in that (except of course that the selection was a bit different).

What I really liked, though, was the selection of accessories and shoes. Actually, the whole reason I decided to trek all the way there was to check out an*ten*na shoes in person ^^;
So their jewelry/accessory/shoe brands that I scoped were:
an*ten*na
Yosuke
Spica
Lost Angel

and I'm sure some others that I missed. The selection was unexpectedly good and I got exactly what I was looking for (white shoes yay). On top of that, their prices seemed rather good. For example, the an*ten*na shoes were the same price as the sale prices on the website and the Yosuke shoes were a little bit cheaper than on that site.

Anyway, a rating chart ^^
Service: 5/5 - the staffgirls seemed surprised to see foreigners (as did everyone else in Toyohashi) but they were friendly and helpful
Selection: 4/5 - It was a small store, so it wasn't the best selection ever, but it had some stuff that was off the beaten path and they had almost every item in at least 2 colors, and all the shoes in more than one size
Prices: 4/5 - better than some places; I'm interested to see their sale prices, too
Atmosphere: 4/5 - a really lovely moody atmosphere that was nice to shop in

My friend and I went next door to the punk store (正直ヤpartII), and I would love to tell you how it was, but, uh, we were kicked out of the store. Apparently there's some rule posted somewhere that they don't allow customers that are "just looking"..? o_0 Whatever THAT means. What I can tell you about it is that it's bursting at the seams with cool punk like stuff but is owned by the rudest person I have ever seen (who literally screamed at us without giving us a chance to explain that we were, indeed, looking for something in particular), so my advice: just don't bother. Go for the lolita, do your punk shopping elsewhere. Whatever it is you want, it isn't worth going into that store.

And of course, I wouldn't waste the opportunity to post a couple pics of what I got xD

an*ten*na shoes :D


Spica purse

The end :D I hope it was helpful to someone...
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