Exploring Mitsuwa Marketplace in Chicago

September 20, 2017

Spirited Away Plush Toys
As you all know, I’m a HUGE fan of all things kawaii! In fact, one of my first stops whenever I visit Epcot in Walt Disney World is the Japan Pavillon. Even though I’m heading to Disney World next month (for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival), I found myself having a little bit of Japan Pavillon withdrawals last weekend. Luckily the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Chicago had just want I needed to get my kawaii fix! 

Here are a few photos from my visit to the Mitskwa Marketplace:

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The Mitskwa Marketplace is a supermarket chain offering a range of Japanese groceries, cosmetics, appliances & other goods. Basically it’s like the Japan Pavillon at Epcot but within driving distance of Chicago!

Mitskwa Marketplace

Totoro is the cutest little store greeter!

Mitskwa Marketplace

My favorite part of the Mitskwa Marketplace is definitely the little bookstore/gift shop! It’s basically packed with lots of Japanese books, magazines and toys!

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So many cute plushies!

How cute are these Hello Kitty food squishies (the doughnut one is my favorite!)

Fun Fact: I LOVE Narwhals! Fun Fact Number 2: Narwhals don’t have “horns”, they have an ivory tusk tooth that grows right through their upper lip.

Hi, my name is Angelic and I am obsessed with kawaii keychains. The funny thing is, I don’t even put them on my keys or even on my purse. I usually end up buying a whole bunch of keychains and they just sit in one of my dresser drawers collecting dust!

I picked up some of the Halloween themed Pusheen Surprise Plush blind boxes, so you can expect a Blind Box & Bag Roundup soon (I’ve opened Pusheen Surprise Plush blind boxes on the blog before and they were so cute!).

Speaking of Pusheen, how cute is this little Pusheen display! I seriously wanted to buy everything!

Why does that Pikachu look so mad?

Any fellow Animal Crossing fans out there?!

When I was a kid I used to watch Kiki’s Delivery Service on repeat! There was a period in my life where I used to wish I would wake up and become a witch like Kiki (well I did have a black cat when I was little so I guess I WAS Kiwi, although my cat wasn’t half as awesome as Jiji!).

And the award for cutest notebook goes to!

In the actual grocery store part of the Mitskwa Marketplace there’s lots of different and interesting Japanese foods to try. Although, my favorite section is definitely the candy/sweets aisle! I think a lot of it has to do with how adorable of all the packaging is (how can you resist the cuteness?!).

If you’re ever in the Chicago area and you’re looking to get your kawaii fix, I highly recommend giving the Mitskwa Marketplace a visit (it’s definitely worth the 35 minute drive!).