Candy I Bought in Japan and Korea…

Enough to last me a week.. maybe a week and a half.

Look at all this candy I bought on my trip….

Full List of Candy Pictured (Click to Expand)
KEY   Japanese   Korean

  • Asahi Calpis Chewy Candy
  • Asahi Calpis Tablets
  • Asahi Mitsuya Cider
  • Butamen Cup Noodle, not actually candy
  • Calbee Jabariko Salad
  • KitKat Matcha
  • KitKat Strawberry Cheesecake
  • LOOK Chocolate Double Mint Ice Cream
  • Lotte Yakult Toffee
  • Meiji Chocolate Almonds
  • Mentos Grape

  • Morinaga Hi-Chew Apple, Grape, and Sour Lemon
  • Morinaga Powder Ramune Candy
  • Morinaga Chocoball
  • Morinaga Hi-Soft
  • Nobel Super Candy
  • Nobel Manmaru Ramune
  • Orihiro Puru and Konnyaku Jelly Pouch
  • Peko Ramune Pop Candy
  • Puccho White Bear
  • Puccho Cola
  • Sumikko Gurashi Candy
  • Sweechu Apple

    So much good stuff.

    Hi-Chew and Puccho galore.

    Random things from Japan and Korea

    Tsutaya books.

    I bought a bunch of books–comic books to be precise–to help me get more practice reading Japanese. There were quite a few of them but the sales associate was kind enough to wrap them all up for me. I didn’t feel like taking a photo of every single one but the above gives you a pretty good idea of what they look like. I tried to select books with furigana so I can use them to help expand my kanji vocab which is pitifully small… I also decided to grab two novels to give myself a concrete goal to work towards. One of them is a novel that I know is also available in English (The Little Prince) which I figure will be helpful for when I get stuck and the other is just one who’s cover I thought was pretty not that I can see it anymore now that it’s all wrapped up…

    Full List of Books (Click to Expand)


  • Aoharaido Vol 1
  • Case Closed Vol 1
  • Dragonball Vol 1
  • Kimi no Na wa Vol 1
  • Kimi no Na wa Vol 2
  • Kimi no Na wa Vol 3
  • The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
  • My Hero Academia Vol 1

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • ひきこもりの弟だった by 葦舟 ナツ

    SPAO backpack in my favourite colour.

    Lots and lots of socks. So many socks. Too many socks.

    I couldn’t stop buying them and ended up with well over 20 new pairs. The Gudetama ones aside, they were only like 55 cents each!!!!!

    Plastic Gudetama envelope, and another view of the Holika Holika Cushion Refills.

    Daiso baskets for skincare storage.

    Stationery and Art Supplies

    New collection of pens and highlighters.

    As if I didn’t buy enough at MUJI, I bought pens, markers, stamps, and stickers galore. Korea and Japan are both a crafter’s paradise and I found it so difficult to narrow down everything to what I wanted to buy. Here are a few highlights.

    Above you can see another bundle of pens which includes Pilot Frixion erasable everything from highlighters to stamps. Between this and the mermaid yarn, I think it’s pretty obvious what my favourite colours are and i’m glad to see Japan had no shortage of these; everything in this bundle was purchased from Tokyu Hands Shibuya. I also picked up a couple Zebra Sarasa retractables to see what all the fuss is about. I plan to do a review and comparison in the future.

    Artbox goodies.

    Artbox in Korea was one of my favourite places to go because it was bursting with cute stuff but for a fraction of the price of our Artbox here in Canada. I bought some bear stickers for decorating my notes and planner.

    More stickers.

    And even more stickers.

    I actually bought this particular one to stick onto my luggage and was disappointed to find that it didn’t even survive the short 2 hour plane ride from Seoul to Tokyo. It did, however, actually include two stickers rather than just the one I had thought when I bought it so I was pleasantly surprised.

    Cute post-it notes.

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    MUJI Haul

    My favourite pens.

    How can you go to Japan without visiting MUJI? Actually, I found one in Korea too which was a nice surprise. I was able to stock up on enough notebooks, highlighters, and erasable pens to last me for the next couple of years I hope…

    Kanji notebooks.

    Plastic pen cases.

    Another plastic case–I think originally intended for pills–where I store my skincare samples.

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    Ghibli and Other Cute Stuff

    Ghibli goodies.

    I always have so much trouble resisting the urge to shop when it comes to Ghibli merchandise. I have accepted that it’s inevitable that whenever I visit Japan, I will always return with at least one or two items. Pictured above is a super cute albeit overpriced JiJi Keychain that I bought at the Jamsil Ghibli store in Korea. Also grabbed myself some Ghibli finger puppets which are now sitting on my shelf masquerading as figurines.

    Postcards from the Mitaka Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.

    Totoro plush sewing kit, also from Ghibli Mitaka.

    Mini ramen keychain from Tokyo Disneyland, complete with a cute Mickey logo in the spoon.

    I bought too much skincare and cosmetics…

    Massive haul of goodies!

    I did a lot of shopping in Japan and Korea–perhaps more than i’d like to admit–but anyway, here we go with part 1 of my shopping haul: skincare and cosmetics!

    In the months leading up to this trip, I was finding it more and more challenging to drag myself out of bed everyday and push through my daily routine. Whenever I find myself in a rut like that, I look for tangible motivation–something to focus on to pump me up and get me excited to move forward each day. In this case, I decided to give myself the reward of a little bit or a lot of much needed retail therapy.

    Now I realize that this haul is pretty massive… and I did feel a bit guilty about it at first… but when I consider the fact that if I were to walk into a Canadian Sephora and spend the same amount of money, I would get less than a quarter of the amount of stuff, it makes me feel much better about my purchases. Even ordering online is pretty unappealing because for the amount I spend just to cover the shipping costs to my house, I could have bought a whole extra product. I also likely won’t be able to make it back to Asia for at least the next two years so this is my stash until then.

    Full List of Purchases (Click to Expand)

  • Artbox Teal Headband
  • Artbox Bear Face Spray Bottles
  • Artbox Bear Face Air Pump Bottle
  • Artbox Plain Spray Bottles
  • BANILA CO. Miss Flower & Mr Honey Essence Oil
  • Biore Sarasara UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreens
  • CosRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser
  • CosRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
  • CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
  • AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
  • Daiso Italy Towels Pink & Green
  • Daiso Blow-drying glove
  • Daycell ReDNA Dual Effect Eyezone Pack
  • DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
  • Dolly Wink Pencil Eyeliner
  • Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint – Cool
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Lovely Etti Hair Band
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Hair Clip
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Lovely Cookie Blush Puff
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Sugar Silicon Puff
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Facial Hair Remover
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Sharpener
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Jellyfish Silicon Brush
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Bubble Maker
  • Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush 352 Eyebrow Screw
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush 351 Eyebrow Brush
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush 320 Eyeliner
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush 313 Eye-Block Tip
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush My 140 Powder
  • Etude House My Beauty ToolBrush311 Eye – Blending
  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush 310 Eye-Base
  • Etude House Collagen Eye Patches
  • Etude House Play 101 Stick
  • Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam
  • Hada Labo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist
  • Holika Holika Gudetama LAZY & JOY Photo Ready Cushion BB
  • Holika HolikaGudetama LAZY & JOY Case
  • Holika Holika Gudetama Cushion Refills
  • Innisfree Pomegranate It’s Real Squeeze Masks
  • K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner

  • Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder
  • Klairs Mochi BB Cushion
  • Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum
  • Kobayashi Fever Cooling Gel Pad
  • Kobayashi びふナイトパッチ (Hydrocolloid Patches)
  • KOSE Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil with refill
  • KYUSOKU JIKAN Foot/Leg Relief Cooling Gel Patches
  • LuLuLun Face Mask Rich Moisture Pack
  • LuLuLun Gold Moisture Pack
  • Mediheal PiggyMom SoakSoak Nose Pack
  • MISSHA Layer Blurring Primer (BOGO)
  • MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream (BOGO)
  • MISSHA Perfumed Shower Cologne (BOGO)
  • MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence (BOGO)
  • MOTE FLOWFUSHI he Matsuge Biyou-Eki Eyelash Growth Essence Gel
  • My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask Pack
  • My Beauty Diary Imperial Birds Nest Mask Pack
  • My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask Pack
  • Nexcare Hydrocolloid patches
  • P. Shine Squalene Cuticle Oil
  • Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask Packs
  • PETITFEE Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patches
  • Pore Master Sebum Control Primer
  • Pore Master Matte Gel
  • Pure Smile Choosy Lip Gel Mask
  • ROHTO Lycee Eye Drops
  • ROHTO Eye Drops Z Slime Version Dragon Quest
  • ROHTO DeoBall Antiperspirant Deodorant
  • Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder
  • SKINFOOD Marine Food Gel Mask (Jellyfish)
  • SKINFOOD Gummy Bear Jelly Hand Gel
  • SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
  • SKINFOOD Peach Cotton Multi Finish Powder
  • SKINFOOD Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream
  • THEFACESHOP Air Cotton Makeup Base SPF 30 PA++ – Mint
  • TONY MOLY Super Peeling Liquid foot peel (BOGO)
  • TONY MOLY Backstage Gel Eyeliner OiOi Edition
  • Youth Over Flower Africa Soothing Pass Mask
  • Youth Over Flower Peru Bright Pass Mask
    I did a lot of research before leaving on my trip and learned even more while I was there. Here’s my haul:

    Masks, sunscreen, and skincare galore.

    Essences, peels, concealers, scrubs, cleansers, and more.

    CosRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, and AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid.

    Klairs Mochi BB Cushion and Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum, especially excited to try both of these.

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