... the one in Shimokitazawa is a labyrinthine bazaar that will satisfy anyone interested in pop culture, mangas, gadgets, candies, records, books, name it you'll find it. It is very difficult to get out of the store without buying anything, so may the force be with you should you be on a prison cell tight budget. Even if you're not into consumerism nor pop culture, go catch a glimpse at what the store has to offer, as the place is an explosion of sound and color and it's full of Kodak moments.
...a variety shop with the concept of "a bookstore where you can play," are in the same building as Honda Theater. Village Vanguard sells many kinds of variety goods from party goods to character design goods, in addition to books, and all of them are somewhat curious. For example, a ventriloquist doll and a voice changer which is available 10 types of voices is one offer here. This is representative of the chaotic feeling of Shimokitazawa.
This is by far the coolest, and most famous, store in all of Shimokita. Although it calls itself a book store, it is full of magazines, comics, CD's, posters, toys, jewelry, international snack foods, and much more. It is like a mini 'Don Quiote', full of all kinds of knick-knacks. If you visit Shimokita, make sure you check it out!