If you’re into really cute soft toys and stationery, then you’ll love Art Box. It’s a shop that mainly sells Hello Kitty, Moomin, Rilakkuma, and other themed objects.
I went in there with my Japanese friend yesterday and she was shocked at some of the prices she saw. Especially that they still have the price in yen right next to the UK selling price. 「ぼったくりだよね」she said. “bottakuri da yo ne” means “it’s a rip-off isn’t it!”.
Of course I know there’s shipping and other costs involved that is bound to make all these products more expensive in a foreign country, but I guess it still does seem like a tiny bit of a rip-off (bottakuri/ぼったくり). Another reason to go to Japan right?! 😉