If you’re ever in Japan and stumble on to a store called Graniph (err, full name: Design Tshirts Store Graniph), do yourself a favor and head right on in. You will be smacked in the face with wall-to-wall eye candy in the form of everyday wearable fashion.
Roy and I had been to one in Kyoto several years ago and were excited to find another storefront while out and about one day (since then I discovered there are branches all over the place! Unfortunately the only Western storefront is in Australia.)
We were especially excited about their Gegege no Kitaro line as Roy is a huge fan of the series. If you’ve never heard of it, just know that it’s a ubiquitous manga from the 1960s about a half-demon boy and his adventures with ghosts. Roy’s favorite character is Kitaro’s dad: a tiny naked man with an eyeball for a head.
I ended up getting the above Neko Musume shirt, where the back is her in her transformed state:
Roy got these Medama Oyaji socks:
The quality and variety of eye-catching designs (along with being up to their eyeballs in amazing artist collaborations) makes the Graniph stores well worth a visit. They also offer discounts if you purchase more than one item, which makes for good souvenir shopping as well.
Bonus: the original opening animation to the anime series for Gegege no Kitaro.