Since the Edo–era, when courtesans set the day’s trends in towering geta (traditional wooden sandals), Tokyoites have lusted after both the novel and the outstanding. The city remains the trendsetter for the rest of Japan, and its residents shop – economy be damned – with an infectious enthusiasm. Tokyo excels in eccentric fashion and cutting-edge electronics, and has two neighbourhoods that specialise in just that: Harajuku and Akihabara, respectively. There are also grand department stores, enchanting toy emporiums and some of the most meticulously curated second-hand shops in the world. All around, merchandise is generally of excellent quality, and not as wildly expensive as you might think.