ROPE is a specialty store that sells things that are a bit different to your run of the mill average adult shop. At ROPE you can find school girls uniforms, school girls socks and shirts and other things that used to belong to school girls. But, the most popular items sold are used senior school girls panties. These are wrapped in plastic with a colourful photo of the girl they belonged to attached to the front. Yours for only 4000 yen (about $US40). You can even buy them in bulk! Packs of 10 available for a discounted price!
you wouldn’t know it, but the tiny office behind that yellow rectangular sign is one of the most bizarre places in the city. ROPE is Located in downtown shibuya, really close to the infamous ’109 building’ shopping mall. I guess that’s a convenient location because gals who really want that new platform/miniskirt/shinything but can’t afford it. . . . can just nip down to ROPE for a few minutes and make some quick cash. It’s a win/win situation!
Needless to say, it wasn't quite what I had imagined. The shop was a cramped store room replete with anything and everything you can imagine a young girl wearing. Skirts, blouses, thongs (the kind that go on your feet - pervert), and boots. The expensive items are the full school uniforms. Of course, you have the underwear and pantyhose too.
It is one of the last of its kind, certainly in Shibuya. Once upon a time it had many competitors, even vending machines selling similar wares (way back before my time here). That was before Governor Ishihara, the well known morally upstanding mayor of Tokyo decided the area needed cleaning up, but now it stands alone. Its hard to find, you have to know its there or you’d never suspect what lies within.