Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Alice on Wednesday, is not your ordinary shopping experience. Much like the fantasy land created in the book, the three-story theme store in the heart of Tokyo’s Harajuku district is itself is a place of exploration and wonder.
The exploration begins from the moment you step up to the building. There are multiple doors on the outside of the store, but only one leads you inside. Make the right choice and find yourself inside the first of the shop’s themed floors, the White room.
The White room offers food and drinks, including the mysterious “Drink Me” bottles from the story. The second floor, the Mad Hatter room, sells Alice-themed clothing and merchandise. The third floor, the Queen of Hearts room, is dedicated to accessories, and is the spot where you can pick up your very own version of the white rabbit’s pocket watch.
The shop is decorated with art reminiscent of both the book and the animated version of the story that came later. There are key-holes to peep through to find hidden tableaux, a picture of the Cheshire Cat whose eyes follow your movement, and the Queen of Hearts’ throne. Many of the shop’s accessories also feature John Tenniel’s original 1865 book illustrations.
The store’s name is obviously a nod to Carroll’s iconic character, but what about the second part? Well, the owners have said they named it for what they consider the week’s most boring day. They are hoping their own Wonderland will bring a little magic to the mid-week.
Know Before You Go
At times the store can get very busy, so the employees hand out designated time slots to interested visitors. Try to go at less busy times, such as (ironically) mid-week in the daytime.