Summer is officially over and it is time to get excited for the last few months of the year!
Back in June, we gave you a rundown of the must-have summer items from DAISO. Today, we will be doing the same but instead checking out some of the new and best items for the upcoming autumn and winter season.
So let’s see what’s on offer in the Kita-Otsuka DAISO…
① Halloween Goods
The first thing you see as soon as you enter is all the Halloween goods. This year DAISO have gone all out, stocking a good range of halloween headbands and costumes. From glittery bat-wing ears to fluffy cat ears, this range is ideal for those not wanting to spend lots of money on a new costume but still wanting to dress up. For ¥100 (¥110 with tax), you really cannot go wrong.
Surprisingly, there are some costumes as well. Although there is a limited choice and they are not as good-quality as say the ones you find at Don Quijote, they are good for those looking for something last minute or something they don’t mind ruining. Most of the costumes are for kids, with the exception of a vampire cloak for adults, with all of them ranging from ¥200 to ¥500.
If you don’t want to commit to a whole costume, there are also some fairly scary masks available for ¥200. You can also get some spooky-looking decorations to hang around your apartment as well as a pumpkin-shaped bucket, perfect for trick-or-treating or storing all your Halloween sweets.
For those of you hosting a Halloween party or event, you definitely need to get your hands on some of this Halloween tableware. From Disney Halloween-themed napkins to pumpkin-shaped molds which can be used to make some delicious treats, there is such a wide range of practical goods to choose from. All of which will level-up your Halloween bash.
② Foot Warmers
Although it doesn’t feel like winter is coming anytime soon, the temperature in Tokyo has started to cool down slightly. As soon as you know it, the colder winter days will soon return. That’s why it is good to be prepared in advance.
With many of us working more from home these days, these fluffy foot warmers which are only ¥300 are perfect to put under your desk and keep your feet warm, saving you a bit on your heating. There are a few different designs to pick from and there is even a Sanrio-themed one, which costs a bit more at ¥500.
③ Lap Blanket
Alongside the foot warmer, you could also consider getting a lap blanket. These are super useful for those colder nights where you want something to snuggle up to or an extra layer when in bed.
These lap blankets come in a few different variations, with some having a fluffier material or being slightly bigger in size. There are also a number of designs including checked print, stars, and characters such as Kuromi and Cinnamoroll.
④ Fluffy Socks
Fluffy socks are another winter must-have. They are not only great to wear around the house but can be worn under heavy boots to keep your feet nice and warm when outdoors. This DAISO had a good choice of both long and short socks with different designs.
⑤ Heat Packs
Although the temperature is not freezing yet, we suggest stocking up on some of these heat packs as they become more in demand from November onwards.
Hand packs are super useful for when you are on-the-go, as you can just pop them into your bag and easily warm them up when you need them. Make sure to take a closer look before putting a pack in your basket as they come in different variations. The ones which have the ‘貼る’ kanji on them are sticky and recommended if you want to keep them on your clothes.
It’s that time of the year where we all start thinking about plans for the new year. Despite being able to easily check the date on your phone, it is always nice to have a calendar on display not just for decorative purposes but to help keep track of important dates.
Having a big wall calendar like these ones are great for families or those in a demanding career trying to keep on top of everything, whereas students may prefer to have one of the character-themed desk calendars.
⑦ Schedule Book
Why not start getting yourself organised for the upcoming year and pick up a 2024 schedule book. Although, it is now more common now to keep a note of your important dates on your phone calendar, physically writing it down can help a lot. Many people in Japan keep a diary on them so that they can efficiently schedule their time and write any important notes.
From books with a one-colour cover to those which have characters like Hello Kitty and Doraemon, there is a wide range to choose from.
⑧ Seasonal (Artificial) Flowers
As the season changes, it’s nice to change up your space a little and get into the cosy, autumn spirit. Flowers and plants are a good way to do this. However, many of us don’t want to have the responsibility of looking after real plants. That’s where artificial flowers come in! Currently, DAISO is stocking a lovely range of artificial autumn flowers. Although they are not the most realistic looking, they add a nice pop of colour to any room.
Pampas Grass is the recommended seasonal flower, we think this would pair nicely with some of the other yellow, beige and white flowers.
⑨ Bath Salts
As the days get shorter and the nights longer, there is no better feeling than having a nice hot bath to relax and unwind before heading to bed. Using bath salts can help relieve stress as well as soothe aches in your body.
At DAISO, there is a solid selection to choose from. The バブ (bub) bath salts are very popular given that they help to enhance the warmth of the bath water as well as come in a variety of pleasant scents. Many people also love the Bath Théiére salts which are sold in individual packs and come in seven different scents.
We would personally recommended the 露天の宿 (open-air inn) bath salts which includes five different scents based off of different prefectures including Noboribetsu, Hakone, Beppu, Kusatsu and Arima. Adding one of these into your bath will make you feel as though you are in a local ryokan.
⑩ Nabe Pot
As winter gets closer, more people enjoy eating nabe, a hot pot dish filled with a variety of things including vegetables and meats. From the autumn season onwards, many families and friends will gather together to have Nabe parties.
We do suggest trying to make your own nabe at some point since it is so easy and homely. However, to do this you will need a special nabe pot. For those of you only visiting Japan for a short time, you will probably not want to fork out lots of money on one. Luckily, DAISO has its own range of pots as well as other useful items such as nabe bowls and spoons. Although they are slightly smaller than the regular nabe pot, they are perfect for making a good pot of nabe for a few people. The price for the pots themselves range from ¥500 to ¥1000, which is a steal if you compared it to the retail price of ¥10,000.
Some Other Things to Note
- DAISO accepts cash, card and other forms of electronic payment
- Although things are labeled ¥100, another ¥10 is added on as consumption tax
- Some of the bigger DAISO stores are located in Harajuku, Ikebukuro and Ginza
- You can access DAISO’s website here: https://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/en/