I’m in love with my earbuds that I bought while in Japan.
The thing that made me appreciate them so much right now is that they were buried somewhere at the bottom of my backpack after a trip downtown (Toronto) a few days ago and I was too lazy to get off the couch to get them. I was catching up on my YouTube subscriptions and I didn’t want to disturb my husband playing his Rockband endless setlist (He’s so cute~ Haha.)… So I used the earbuds that came with my iPod. Ouch!
I had been using those giant Sony headphones that cover your whole ear for several years but they are very cumbersome to travel with and to use in bed and even they hurt my ears after awhile (smooshing them to my head). The regular earbuds that have been around for 15 or 20 years have never worked for me. They are my nemesis! They kill my ears. I don’t know if I just have teeny tiny ear holes or something but I can’t imagine they are comfortable for anyone.
So… before going to Japan, I picked up a pair of those silicone ones that fit inside your ear snugly and more comfortably for $5 at Superstore and changed them to the smallest size (they come with 2-3 different sizes per pair). They were horribly girly looking. Giant pink jewel rhinestones on the outside. (See my previous post.) Oh well. I’m still only 30!
I was all ready to enjoy listening to my extensive J-pop collection playlist on my iPod on the disgustingly long 13 hour flight to Japan when ~Argh! the left ear gave out before the flight even took off. And then, only a few hours in, the right ear as well. I guess that’s what you get for paying $5. So, for the rest of the flight, I was relegated to the huge honking old ones…
Needless to say, I needed to find a new pair before heading home again. You can find these new style of earbuds anywhere and Japan is no exception. And with it’s kawaii fetish/obsession, your choices are endless! We actually ended up buying a Rilakkuma pair for my niece and a Mameshiba pair for my nephew. I didn’t want to pay 2000 yen like we did for them… I thought another cheap pair will do me just fine. And where else would you look for cheap electronic goods in Tokyo other than Akihabara?! I can’t remember the name of the store right now but it’s that famous building just outside the electric town exit of Akihabara station… the one with the different coloured pod-looking projections around the stairs… Next (or close to) Kotobukiya…
Anyway, that’s where I bought them. I think they were 800 yen or something. There were a ton to choose from but I bought the purpley-blue ones because they were cute.
I absolutely love them! Something to be said about electronic stuff made in Japan… Not much more expensive than the crap pair I bought here but so much better in quality! It’s been 6 months since I bought them and I use them almost everyday. I hope I’m not jinxing myself by saying so because I don’t know how I’d live without them at this point! Unfortunatley, it looks like it’ll be quite awhile before I get back there again. X(
Something else I like about them is that the different sizes you can put on seem even smaller than the ones here. Maybe since everything is smaller there…. Maybe Japanese people have smaller ear holes?! Regardless, they are super comfortable. I wear them for hours at a time and they never bother me. I’ve even slept with them in on several occasions.
(originally posted to Japan – Here I Come!)