If you're a fan of 99 cent stores, welcome to Daiso Japan, a slight step above both in price (most items $1.50) and merchandise. Because, really, who doesn't need an earbud spool? A pig soap dish? A contact lens case shaped like a tube of lipstick but with openings at each end for the lenses? (Turns out I didn't -- this one doesn't work well unless you're wearing soft, slightly bendable lenses.) Browsing is free if you can resist.
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