Another reason to head over to the Little Tokyo Galleria at 3rd/Alameda, which is going from a once completely dead mall to a fun and interesting spot to visit again for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Adding to that is a brand new Daiso Japan store that opened this past weekend on the first floor of the 3-story shopping center. At 8,300 square feet large, it’s packed with just about everything you can imagine! For those unfamiliar with Daiso, it’s basically like a Japanese version of LA’s 99 Cents Only store except most items are $1.50 at Daiso. And pretty much all the products in the store are also “Daiso branded,” which includes just about everything you can think of from common household items to office and school supplies, stuff for the bathroom and kitchen, products for pets, handy storage containers, holiday decorations, to useful electronic items like mini USB cables. Oh yeah, and there’s also a pretty sizeable snack section stocked with Asian goodies.
I personally love browsing the aisles of Daiso with its endless variety of products and reading some of the funny translations on various packages (from Japanese to English). Daiso takes something mundane and makes it totally hilarious and fun. For example, there’s a wash towel for men called “Wide and Long Towel” with a description that reads: “A large towel that can thoroughly wash every corner of a bulky man’s body! Clean up like a man!” (see picture below)
There are now over 2,500 Daiso stores in Japan and over 500 stores elsewhere worldwide including here in the U.S. The first LA store opened in Monterey Park in late 2012 and now there are 23 locations in the LA/OC area including the new one in Little Tokyo. (It’s about time they opened in Little Tokyo!)
Daiso will have a grand opening event next weekend on Saturday, October 4 at 10 am with prize giveaways including goodie bags for the first 200 paid customers.
The regular store hours will be Mon — Sat from 10 am to 9 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 8 pm. Daiso is located at 333 S Alameda at the Little Tokyo Galleria. There is free validated parking for paid customers.
For more info about Daiso Japan, check them out online.