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Osaka Daimaru Department Store Card Collectibles Shop “MINT”

Situated on the 9th floor of Osaka’s Shinsaibashi Shopping District, Daimaru Department Store creates a unique atmosphere distinct from other department stores. While department stores in South Korea typically focus on clothing and accessories, emphasizing luxury brands, Japanese department stores, unlike those in South Korea, also feature spaces dedicated to somewhat more niche or maniacal products, attracting attention.

“MINT: Card Collectibles Shop at Osaka Shinsaibashi Daimaru Department Store”

In South Korea, the hobby of collecting cards is relatively less common, but in Western culture, the hobby of card collecting developed early on. Particularly, in the world of “MLB” cards, older and unique cards with limited quantities can surpass one’s imagination in terms of value.

Japan, having embraced Western culture more rapidly than South Korea and with a population almost double that of South Korea, features stores in department stores catering to enthusiasts with content that appeals to them.

“MINT: Collecting and Selling Various Cards”

Personally, the concept of spending a significant amount of money to buy and sell these small cards doesn’t resonate well, but considering that the world doesn’t always operate rationally, one can understand it to some extent.

Being in Japan, a country geographically close to South Korea, and discovering a store like this prompts contemplation about how different department stores can be in terms of product offerings.

As South Korea continues to develop economically, one might wonder if stores based on diverse hobbies will become more mainstream or if such hobbies will struggle to gain attention. This trip has offered various perspectives while exploring the 9th floor of Osaka’s Daimaru Department Store, showcasing scenes not commonly seen in South Korea, including the Pokémon Store, Jump Shop, and alongside them, “MINT.”

“Osaka Shinsaibashi, Daimaru Department Store, MINT”

  • Address: Japan, 〒542-0085 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Shinsaibashisuji, 1 Chome−7−1, Main Building, 9F Daimaru Shinsaibashi
  • Phone: +81642563803
  • Website: MINT
  • Business Hours: 10:00 – 20:00