I visited Shibuyala, a small chain of stores that models itself after the cosmetics/gift stores found in Tokyo. Shibuyala, an amalgam of “Shibuya” and “L.A.”, sells an unusual mix of Japanese cosmetics, snacks, toys, and stationary. In the Shibuya store is a store within a store: a Gashapon site.

Coin-operated vending machines selling random […]