More than just a store, New People World is a $15-million complex dedicated to modern Japanese culture, both its zen side and its over-the-top, anime wackiness. In the basement is a THX-certified theater to showcase Japanese cinema; the other floors (there are five altogether) feature a nail salon, a crumpet and tea shop, a boutique dedicated to cute gadget cases, two clothing stores, and the SuperFrog art gallery. But back to those fashion stores, because they carry items you likely won’t find anywhere else in North America. Like Lolita clothes (dresses for grown women that are made to look like outfits a toddler would wear; don’t ask) and Sou Sou shoes, which are the classic, form-fitting Japanese shoes that come with an indent between the big toe and the rest of the toes (and here are done in all sorts of wacky, modern patterns). Open Monday to Saturday noon to 7pm and Sunday noon to 6pm.
- Erika Lennert