Some non-gyaru shop staff to show this time from Stay Real and Candy Stripper. I get excited I think more to show non-gyaru shop staff because I enjoy all types of shop staff doing their own cool style.
“Have you ever been treated poorly by a shop staff for being a gaijin despite having pretty awesome Japanese language/communication abilities?” Most of your posts show you getting along with shop staff but I had always wondered if some weren’t as friendly, even due to just their personalities?”
BTW best places to ask me questions are the blog/twitter/tumblr. Either 3 are great to contact me. Mail I’m crap at so you’ll get a quicker answer via those 3 first. Blog comments that are questions I’ll try to get to or put it in a post like this.
Well admittedly in hindsight I remember the nice ones more. But shop staff are usually hired because they’re cute, they have a look the brand wants, and they’re friendly. Bonuses are rewarded on how many sales they make so being friendly is usually a bonus to that. However, because of the pressures of quotas it feels like some shop staff are very pushy to buy things.
DIA in Shibuya 109 I’m pretty sure has a strict quota because they are very very pushy. I don’t blame them because they have to make money or they’re fired and it only benefits them if you buy from them. However I feel this has made some of them fake, while some of them are so super friendly but just want you to buy everything.
If a shop staff is fake or pushy I just won’t buy from them, but really it’s rare.
Most are very kind, many are curious about what a gaijin is doing speaking Japanese to them and about my life. Lately with the rise of personal and shop blogs I get asked to take a lot more pictures with them for their blogs (more on that below). If I ask to take pictures they want to know about my blog, or they’re used to posing for pictures, or the majority are genuinely shocked or honored I’d ask them.
Candy Stripper – Shinjuku My Lord
These two girls were a gem to talk to in the My Lord shopping mall of Shinjuku station. (engrish giggles). Candy Stripper staff are always so adorable!
I asked to photograph her like this to show her cool neck tattoos, simple make-up and snapback before this season’s snapback craze. Ahead of the curve this girl was! She asked to take pictures of my tattoos and being a Candy Stripper fan I obliged. (refer above about that happening more).
One of my favorite shop staff photos I’ve taken. Soooo cute!
Stay Real – Standalone store on Takeshita Dori Harajuku
Stay Real is a funky casual character brand that has really grown in Japan lately (http://www.istayreal.com/) When I dropped by to buy something in the window I asked for a picture of this lovely shop staff. Casual, yet cool.
This is what I saw in the window, their mascot “Mousy Shadow”. I used to be really into collecting soft vinyl and friends like visiting my place in Houston to find them all around so I had to pick up one of their tiny ones. Aren’t the glasses cute?