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Don Don Donki Opens in Singapore | Dec 1, 2017

Japan's most famous discount store, Don Quijote, or Don Don Donki, opens in Singapore on Dec 1, 2017!

Don Don Donki, known as Don Quijote in Japan, opens in Orchard Central today!


It’s Dec 1st and it’s a happy, exciting day for me because …

Don Quijote opens in Singapore today!

I’ve been hyped up over this ever since reading about it at the start of the year. Don Quijote is my all-time favourite Japanese discount store, you see, and if you’ve ever been to a Donki branch in Japan, you’d understand why.

The stores are like, the Mustapha of Japan. Where every alley is so compact, so colourful, and so choked full of tempting merchandise. During my first visit to the Kabukicho branch, I spent like, one hour on one floor. (Ahem! The cosplay one) There were just that many things to look at and be fascinated by. From a practical travel point of view, it’s also so convenient for last-minute souvenirs and gifts buying.

On top of which, you have brand endorsements like …

Yakuza 0 Don Quijote.
A certain legendary character was buying from Don Quijote all the way back in the 80s.
Yakuza 6 Don Quijote
He was still buying from the store when middle-aged and bewildered by our modern world.
Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! Don Quijote.
The store was supposedly in business as far back as the Meiji Era!! Sugoi!

The Ryū ga Gotoku fan I am, how could I possibly not love Don Quijote? Now known as Don Don Donki in Singapore.

Don Don Donki at Orchard Central

Now, excited as I was, I must admit I forgot about the opening in recent months. When I searched online for information earlier in the year, there wasn’t any concrete info and after a while, I just assumed it was one of those business things. That maybe the Japanese discount store chain wasn’t coming to Singapore after all.

Imagine my pleasant surprise when I walked into a whole group of staff energetically preparing for the opening last Saturday. Don Quijote was finally here. I simply couldn’t resist snapping some pictures of the store while it was being stocked.

Japan's Don Quijote opens in Singapore!
The food section.
Don Don Donki Orchard Central before official opening.
Noodles! Notice there were instant noodles all over the Yakuza 0 version of the store too.
Jump forth 5 days, and the 15,000 square feet, double-storey store is in business.
Don Don Donki Orchard Central Opening Day.
As expected, huge and enthusiastic crowd.
Don Don Donki Singapore - Dropped Violently Festival
Geki ochi! Dropped violently! Which shopper can resist that! (Even if it’s not the price)
Shoes Section at Donki Orchard Central Branch.
Sneakers section.
Japanese clasp handbags on sale at Don Don Donki Orchard Central.
Psst. Give these to your friends and you can tell them you just returned from a secret Japanese vacation.
Don Quijote Socks in Singapore.
Donki’s signature socks.

About the socks, if you have ever read Japan travel listicles or top-10 lists, you’d know Donki’s socks frequently appear as star souvenirs. The selection in the Singaporean store is smaller than, say, that at the Dotonbori branch. Marginally more expensive too. Still, I think they are a great buy. Probably make for great festive gifts for kids as well.

BTW, About The Name …

So I’ve read, the name “Don Don Donki” was chosen because there’s already a restaurant in Singapore named Don Quijote. This Singaporean name actually confused me a little over the week, as I always think of the chain by its Japanese name. It’s great that many other write-ups have clarified.

Don Don Donki Cosplay Costumes.
Cosplay sets. I … will refrain from further comments.
Don Don Donki Japanese Whisky Selection.
Japanese whiskies. I don’t drink whisky at all. But believe me when I say I know all these names by heart, thanks to the extensive tutorials in Yakuza 0.
Don Don Donki Singapore.
Don Don Donki supermarket section. With sushi!
Don Don Donki Bar.
Donki Bar?

I have a new favourite hangout in town!


Yakuza screengrabs belong to, ta da, Sega!
This post is also my “subtle” statement about brand placements in video games. Hear, hear, retailers. You gain really devoted fans this way.


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Japan's Don Don Donki Hits Singapore
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Japan's Don Don Donki Hits Singapore
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Don Quijote, or Donki, Japan’s legendary discount store that sells anything and everything, opens in Singapore on Dec 1st 2017! Hooray!
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Scribbling Geek
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The geek divides his free time between video games, movies, anime, and attempting to write decent short stories. Oh, and trying not to sprain his fingers from playing demisemiquavers on his Electone.

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