Japan’s Donki, also known as Don Quijote opens in Orchard Central today!
It’s Dec 1st and it’s a happy, exciting day for me because …
Don Quijote opens in Singapore today!
I’m all hyped up over this. Ever since hearing about it at the start of the year. Don Quijote is my all-time favourite Japanese discount retail chain, you see, and if you’ve ever been to a Donki branch in Japan, you’d understand why. This is like, the Mustapha of Japan. Where every alley is so compact, so colourful, and so choked full of tempting merchandise. During my first visit to the Kabukicho branch, I spent, like, one hour on one floor. (Ahem! The cosplay one) There was just that many things to look at and be fascinated by. From a practical travel point of view, it’s also so convenient for last-minute souvenirs and gifts hunting.
On top of which, you have endorsements like …
The Ryū ga Gotoku fan I am, how could I possibly not love Don Quijote?
Don Don Donki at Orchard Central
Now, excited as I was, I must admit I forgot about the opening in recent months. When I searched online for information earlier in the year, there wasn’t any concrete info and after a while, I just assumed it was one of those business things. That maybe the chain wasn’t coming to Singapore after all. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I walked into a whole group of Donki staff energetic preparing for the opening last Saturday. Donki was finally here. I simply couldn’t resist snapping some pictures of the store while it was being stocked.
Jump forth 5 days, and the 15,000 square feet, double-storey store is in business.
If you have been reading Japan travel articles or top-10 lists, you’d know Donki’s socks frequently appear as star souvenirs. The selection in the Singaporean store is smaller than, say, that at the Dotonbori branch. Marginally more expensive too. Still, I think they are a great buy. Probably make for great festive gifts for kids as well.
By the way, so I’ve read, the name “Don Don Donki” was decided on because there’s already a restaurant in Singapore named Don Quijote. This Singaporean name actually confused me a little over the week, as I always think of the chain by its Japanese name. It’s great that other write-ups have clarified.
I have a new favourite hangout in town!
Yakuza screengrabs belong to, ta da, Sega!
This post is also my “subtle” statement about brand placements in video games. Hear, hear, retailers. You can gain really devoted fans this way.