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Cellphone cases? Sure, if you have an iPhone.
During my search for a case for my new phone, I discovered this store. Claiming to have a large variety of cases, I thought that they might have cases for a variety of Android phones as well as iPhones, but that simply was not the case.
There is a large variety of iPhone cases available in a variety of styles, patterns, and colors.
As for Android, they had only a few Xperia cases and some general use stick-on type flip cases. I was quite disappointed in the selection. The store is also extremely small and difficult to move around if people are looking at something.
They also sell headphones, back up batteries, and a variety of cellphone accessories. Their prices aren't exactly competitive but they aren't any more expensive than other similar store.
They do have an online search available within the store but its completely in Japanese. There is also no English in the store itself.
In the Area
This is one of the first shops I was introduced to in Sendai. Branching out from a previous specialization in Visual Kei, the shop now carries a variety of interesting t-shirts, jackets, socks and accessories in styles and patterns not so common in this area. Some styles are well known abroad, like the two-tone embroidered members-only style jackets with Japanese designs on the back. Other styles are less broadly enjoyed but can provide a quirky brand of humor, such as the Red Devil brand t-shirts and trucker-style hats.The thing that makes this store special, though, has less to do with what's on the shelves than who stocks them. The staff are usually ready to help with anything, even finding a new size in whatever design you're interested in, if they have it in stock. What makes them really special in my eyes is that despite my husband not having the ability to shop at the store in about a decade, the owners recognized him within minutes of our arrival at the shop. They seem to care a lot about their customers.Especially on products with embroidery, the prices are not exactly frugal and for good reason-- you're paying for the craftsmanship. If you need a really cool souvenir for someone really special (especially if that someone is male), a lot of the clothing here could do the trick.If you instead need something small, fun, and a bit less expensive, the socks are a good bet. Located a short walk from the station in the shopping arcade, Esquire is a cool place to find something special.
Taiyaki, the fish shaped pastry cakes filled with bean curd or other sweets, is a popular, traditional sweet in any season throughout Japan. This is the main store for the most popular Taiyaki shop in Sendai, which now boasts five locations including one in Tokyo. More information about the other locations can be found at this website:http://www.taiankichijitsu.com/This place is close to the station, though there is a smaller shop by the same name even closer. This however is the biggest location, with benches to sit on inside the shop as well as along the sidewalk outside. A great place to enjoy a nice bit of something sweet.The coolest thing about this place is the selection. Traditional flavors are available, some hot and some cold, but the signs in front of the shop boast new flavorful selections everyday. The daily special is usually 100 yen and is usually in the vein of seasonal fun, such as watermelon in summer or chestnut in fall.My favorites though are the savory options. The curry taiyaki is not known for it's spiciness, but can still be fairly delicious. Last week, I tried the Garlic German Potato Taiyaki, which was essentially bacon potato soup in a fish-shaped pastry, and it was excellent.Other stores in the area may offer alternative taiyaki options, but this shop remains my personal favorite.
If you are looking for new books in English, Maruzen is the place to go. Located on the 1st floor of the AER building just past PARCO (outside the west exit), it's within minutes from the station.Maruzen hosts the largest selection of English books that I have found in Sendai, this includes fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, kids books, travel books, magazines, and even newspapers. They also have a few imported English educational toys by V-Tech that I haven't seen anywhere else yet. Be prepared to pay quite a bit more than their original price though.While I personally find Maruzen to be a bit pricey, its selection is really incomparable in Sendai. They tend to have a variety of popular books, so if you are looking for something obscure, even Maruzen probably wont carry it. The magazine selection isn't huge but they are current editions.There is, of course, an even larger section of books and such in Japanese.Overall, Maruzen makes for a nice shopping trip for reading materials!
I used to send money home to American via Western Union at this business and found the guy behind the counter agreeable enough that I soon switched to using this location over international remittances through the Japan Post Bank.That all changed when I got married. Though I am aware that the Japanese government seems not to recognize the Japanese surnames a foreigner might be granted through marriage, the fact that this is the name on my passport and all my identification should probably be taken into account. The woman behind the counter curtly informed me that I was not permitted to use the name that was now on my passport and all other current forms of identification. My married name--and it felt in some ways even my marriage--was invalid in her eyes.This upset me and I set about filling out an entirely new form, tearing the old one apart in my frustration while the staff member tried to suggest that I merely cross out that name that cannot be mine in favor of one that better suited my race.I did not return to this place of business for about a year, coming back only when preparing a trip to Korea and needing to quickly obtain Won. A completely unhelpful staff member (potentially the same woman) insisted on exceedingly low limits regarding how much money she was willing to change to won, and while I am sure part of this was miscommunication on both of our parts, she engaged with me in such a way that I left the store never to return, not a won in hand.Unmarried friends of mine whose faces match their names have not had any problems with this location or their staff, all of whom seem to have passable English skills (unlike the post office staff at Sendai Station), but I will never return nor suggest anyone else use this business if they have any other available options.
Just a five minute walk from Sendai station and a three minute ride in the central elevator (the only one with a sign indicating the 31st floor), you'll find one of the best vies in the whole city and the best part-- it is absolutely free. Two observation decks are located on the 31st floor, one facing east and the other west. In between is The Oriental Suite Villa, a fancy restaurant and event space usually catering to weddings and generally inaccessible without a reservation.On the walls of the corridor connecting the east and west observation decks, constellations are displayed, organized by season. The views from each side are wonderful. From 145 meters in the air, the hard awning covering the blocks and blocks of shopping arcade stretch on from the station like a white plastic tube. Also visible from the west deck are the beautiful mountains in the distance, soon to be showing fantastic fall foliage.From the east deck, you can see Kobo stadium, where the Rakuten Eagles play ball and the expanse of Sendai as it stretches out to the sea. You can even watch the bullet train come in from Akita.The observation decks are open from 10 AM to 8 PM and the view is worth the trip up the elevator even when it's foggy. I do recommend coming early in the day if you are not into watching couples be couples as the evening hours turn this place into a popular couples meeting spot. While the appearance of the stairs make it seem as though they might somehow convert into a handicapped and stroller accessible ramp, I have yet to figure out how to do so. That said, there is only one stair per observation deck.