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Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

By Jean Grant| Photography by Shane Fester
Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

Oomomo, North York’s new Japanese-inspired dollar store, looks like it was plucked from the suburbs of Tokyo. The Canadian chain has opened five stores in Canada since the end of 2018, and the newest location fills 13,000 square feet with a mix of household essentials and quirky items you never knew you needed (like a decorative stamp for your tofu). Nearly everything is imported from Japan, and most of the products are made by the popular Japanese brand Daiso.

Shoppers will find pretty patterned dishes, crafting products galore, unique beauty finds (like hair mascara to cover up greys) and all kinds of Marie Kondo–approved storage containers. “It’s for people who want to experience what regular daily living is like for people in Japan,” says manager Mimi Lam. Here’s a look inside.

The entrance is stacked with sets of funky Japanese bowls, cups and other dishware:

Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

Here’s a closer look at some of the teacups and bowls:

Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

There are lots of snacks, too, including super-sour popping candy (kind of like Japanese Warheads):

Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

These candies are shaped like pencils:

Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

Why have a regular sugar bowl when you can own one that’s shaped like a cat?

Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

Here’s that hair mascara, which Lam says is quite popular:

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Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

There’s a whole shelf devoted to eyelashes:

Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

These quirky kitchen gadgets are used for molding rice into fun shapes and stamping tofu with silly faces:

Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

It’s safe to say the place probably has a container for everything:

Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

Shoppers can protect themselves against flu season with the expansive selection of masks:

Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

What kid doesn’t want a cat-shaped backpack?

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Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

Or some fake gold?

Inside Oomomo, an enormous Japanese-inspired dollar store in North York

896 Don Mills Rd., 416-391-2781, oomomostore.com.

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