Seria: Japan’s Best 100 Yen Shop My absolute favorite 100 YEN shop in Japan

    100 yen shops, aka hyaku en shoppu 100円ショップ or hyakkin 百均, are a type of discount store that sells a wide range of products for only 100 yen (tax excluded). 100 yen is roughly one US or Canadian dollar. I know that there are dollar shops in North America too, but I personally think that the variety and quality of the products are much better in Japan. The top three are Daiso, Seria and Cando. Today I am going to introduce you to my favorite one – SERIA!

    Seira shop entrance at night

    First of all, let me briefly talk about the company. Seria Co., Ltd is a hyakkin corporation whose headquarter is located in Ogaki city in Gifu prefecture. Actually, it’s a big company with stock listed on the JASDAQ stock exchange and overs 1000 shops nationwide. But since the headquarter is in Gifu, most shops are in Chubu area. The company was founded in 1985, the same year I was born.

    Seria means “serious” in Italian. They are so serious that they promise to seriously pursue products that move customers’ hearts and decorate and color their daily lives through and through. Whoa!

    Now let’s see how serious they are, and look at all of their products aisle by aisle. How much can you get for only 100 yen? More than you think.

    Cream-colored dishes stacked up on shelves
    Colorful ramekins stacked on a shelf

    The design of most of the dishes are simple. The mini casserole dishes were coated with nonstick coating (so you won’t need to put oil or butter in it).

    They also have pretty Polish style dishes, which I thought I’d taken the photo but I didn’t. I’m sorry. You can kind of see one of the Polish style bowl on the right side of the top third shelf…yes, that blue one! Cute, deshou? If you can’t find it, then click here and you’ll see pics of those dishes posted on Twitter.

    Colorful mugs in solid colors and prints on a shelf

    I didn’t find anything really special in their mug section. But at least all the handles are right side up (I once bought a white mug with an upside down handle from another 100 yen store once). Actually, the rotation of 100 yen shop products is pretty fast. You may find something cute when you visit there like this, but the next time you go it may be gone. Grab things you like while you can!

    Lots and lots of glass jars

    I was surprised by the variety of jars. Serving dishes, salads, or deserts in jars (especially in mason jars) is getting popular in Japan. I guess they are seriously trying to meet the demand.

    Plastic containers for soy sauce and other sauces

    Seria doesn’t only track on trends. They also have a lot of traditional products too. Here are a lot of choices of soy sauce jars (aka soy sauce cruets).

    Plain and patterned wooden chopsticks in plastic packaging
    Plastic children’s cups and utensils

    They offer chopsticks for both adults and children. The adult ones were very Japanesey whereas ones for children were really cute. You can’t really tell from the picture, but Little Red Riding Hood or Pinocchio or other cute characters are on the top edge of some chopsticks. There were also practice chopsticks or tools to convert normal chopsticks into a practice pair.

    Aisles of products in Seria

    Oh, and we can’t skip this part in the kitchen section – bento boxes! You know how Japanese people into arrange foods into art called “deko-ben,” right? Well, of course serious Seria has a ton of goods to meet this demand.

    Bento accessories in cute shapes and colors

    Picks, small sauce containers, aluminum cups with designs on them, and more! Everything you need to turn the food in your bento into a work of art.

    Bento containers and bags

    Of course you need a bento as stylish and eye-catching as the art you put in it, right? Seria has you covered here too.

    Nori cutters and bento dividers

    But wait. There’s more! Decoration pens and stamp cutters to create cute faces in flat foods.

    More bento dividers in animal shapes

    Don’t jump ship just yet. There’s more bento madness to be seen. These molds let you bake all kinds of petite desserts using pancake mix and your microwave. Piece of cake!

    Table linens and coasters

    Now that we have all our bento decoration supplies, we need to think about decorating the home. There are also many cute coasters and place mats to make your meal more enjoyable.

    Mt. Fuji-shaped coaster

    Here is my favorite: Mt.Fuji coasters. It’s so kawaii that I bought more than a few.

    Aisles in Seria

    Okay, I guess you’ve seen enough to learn how serious Seria is about kitchen goods. What else?

    A whole display section with folding and round fans

    Folding fans! You gotta keep cool in summer and look good doing it.

    Wind chipes with animal and fruit pendants

    Of course, summertime in Japan means wind chimes. If you don’t hear cicadas and wind chimes, it’s just not summer.

    Tenugui cloths folded and hung

    Whoa! You’re sweating a lot. Better grab some of these tenugui to dry yourself off. (You know Tofugu has tenugui too, right?)

    String, shovels, and gardening shears

    Now that you’re set to handle the heat, get outside and use your green thumb. There are all kinds of gardening tools available for just 100 yen each. What, you thought I’d let you stay inside and watch anime all summer?

    Dustpans and brooms in bright colors

    When your house is a god awful mess, head to this section to clean it up. Or sell your house. Your choice.

    Scrunchies and other hair accessories

    I’ve always thought your hair was so pretty. Pretty hair deserves pretty hair accessories, don’t you think? Which one is your favorite?

    Socks in pairs hanging up

    Japan is a sock loving culture. So Japanese socks are the best around. Because you take off your shoes when going indoors, you’ll be seeing a lot of your socks. But you don’t have to spend a lot to make your feet look nice.

    Small plastic toys and stickers

    Party time! You can get all kinds of games and costumes for cheap. You could be a frog, a ninja, a kappa, or a chicken. Kappa hat? I’d buy that for a dollar! (which is roughly equivalent to 100 yen, mind you.)

    There are a lot more products Seria has to offer. Most of them are really neat and cute. If I continue listing things like I’ve been doing, this travel post would be too long to read. So, lastly, I want to introduce Seria’s specialty: handcraft goods! They even have some directions for making crafts using their products. You can find these “recipes” on Seria’s website.

    Craft materials like buttons and googly eyes

    As you may know, many 100 yen or dollar stores have products priced higher than a dollar. Unlike other stores, however, Seria is so serious that they literally sell all their products for 100 yen each. You can even see a glue gun is sold for 100 yen in the photo. That’s crazy!

    More buttons and decorative elements

    おいしそう! But you can’t eat them. These are all for handcrafts. All these little sweets are for decorating your smartphone cover or whatever things you want to bedazzle.

    Bobby pins and other clips

    What are these? Piercings? No, they are curtain clips, which some say are the earrings of the living room. Actually, no one says that.

    There are a lot more things to color your days in this serious Seria. Their products are not only useful but also really stylish. By now, you can probably understand why this place is my favorite 100 yen shop. If you want to indulge in your secret shopping mania, this is the safest place to do it. Fill your life with possessions without losing too much money!

    Seria

    Pros

    • The most stylish 100 yen shop
    • There are a ton of Seria all over Japan, so you can always find one
    • Great for finding souvenirs and cute things to make your life better (and cuter!)

    Cons

    • Not very unique, there are a lot of 100 yen shops in Japan

    Overall Rating

    8

    Accessibility Rating

    7

    Fun Rating

    10

    Uniqueness Rating

    4

    Additional Information

    2 Chome-4-2 Abemokuzaidanchi
    Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture 633-0055
    Japan

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    Seria's website

    +81 744-43-5623