Since I decided to leave Japan, I’ve been listing the items and happenings that are so Japanese that I saw during my 4 years here; the ones that will always remind me of this country. And the first thing on the list is… Daiso! (and other similar 100-yen shops).
They do have Daiso in other countries including Indonesia and Korea, but still, they’re not as comprehensive (can I use this adjective to describe a shop??) as the ones in Japan. Plus, the price of stuff in Daiso overseas, especially in Indonesia and Korea, are not as cheap as the original ones. I believe most of the items at Daiso Korea cost 2000 won, which is around 200 yen. I’m not sure about Daiso Indonesia but it should have similar case. Plus, you can actually find similar products with lower price in Indonesia and Korea, while you can’t really do so in Japan. As the result, Daiso in those two countries are more of “all-you-can-buy stores” rather than “the only places you can get a lot of products without hurting your wallet”.
Speaking of all-you-can-buy, Daiso and its fellow 100-yen shops literally sell anything you need to survive. Just imagine buying a new house and having nothing inside, then you go to a 100-yen shop and life suddenly feels complete.
What makes 100-yen shops even more interesting is that they sell some stuff that you wouldn’t think you need at first, but then you decide to buy them just because you realize you might need them at some point in your life.
Oh, I’ve been mentioning “other 100-yen shops” for a few times, but what are they actually? As far as I know, the biggest rival of Daiso in terms of the number of branches is Seria. I personally feel that the items at Seria are more pretty and artistic, though. There are also shops called Can Do, which I can’t really differentiate from Daiso. I also know a shops that sells their products 5 yen cheaper the three that I mentioned named Life Plus. (And yes, 5 yen DOES matter okay).
After all, Daiso may not be the cheapest place to buy essentials in Indonesia, but I would definitely go there if I ever need to get some random Japanese stuff that can’t be found anywhere else.