Apr 30, 2014
IKEA in Japan
Welcome to ee-kei-yah. That is how IKEA is pronounced in Japanese. For those who can read イケア. A furniture store I have only been in Canada few times. I remember it to be completely different than how it is in Japan. For one it is HUGE!, from the outside it looks 7 or 8 stories high (however it is only really 2). Doing a quick google maps comparison, it for sure is bigger in Japan than Toronto.
I remember ikea's image to Torontonian people is a fancy store for fancy people. I have also heard other people say it is "expensive and crap". Which really confuses me because in Japan, the stuff in the store looks more crappy than walmart....sorry ikea fans.
You will find multiple boxes of the same item for a cheap price. Usually the stuff is kinda bland and yeah, it really does look cheap.
I don't remember stuff looking this cheap in Canada though so I don't know if the stores are actually different.
Anyways moving on from the random ikea bashing. One thing I would like to point out is it is an easy store to get lost in. You enter and go upstairs to the furniture area where there are loads and loads of furniture spread out in a maze of left and right turns, sometimes you get confused and think you are going in circles.
The prices are around 200-500$ for a cheap couch. I was going to buy my couch here but they actually didn't have the one I wanted in stock.
The couch I wanted was pretty comfy. It was ultra soft and had a washable cover that you could easily rip of and stick back on. It is good to be able to wash your couch, that way it will last longer and will always be clean :).
Well since they didn't have the couch I wanted I have to take my business else ware. I really need a couch though.
Anyways moving out of the furniture area upstairs if you even get out of the maze. You will come downstairs to the small household section, which just looks like cheap stuff pumped out of a sweat factory. Low quality, cheap, plenty of it. Large boxes just full of pillows, cups etc. all the same design.
As cheap as it does look, when you put it all together it does come out looking pretty nice I guess.
I think the kids section is interesting. Check out these....stuff animal vegetable magnets?? is that what they are supposed to be? I actually have no clue.
You certainly can have a lot of fun in this store if you are into getting lots of household stuff that is cheap.
And if you are into creepy random acid bird cushions or mushroom trip sofa patterns there are plenty of that stuff here.
After you exit the store theres the food court where they sell the very cheap and probably poisonous $1 hot dog and drink. Even the picture makes me want to puke. I am sorry for hot dog fans, but I look at the picture and it is just so plain, as plain as the items they sell.
Well you caught me, I just don't have much good to say about ikea. I rather shop at Tokkyu hands or somewhere with less of the exact same thing in a big box sold at a cheap price. Ikea reminds me of yunikuro, which is a Japanese clothing store which sells cheap clothes all of the same plain pattern.
But if you are into that stuff, it is good to know that there are plenty of that in Japan. Ikea delivers large items to your home in case you can't carry it home yourself. There are multiple locations across Japan, and it is cheap.
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