UPDATE - March 2006 - Samurai has closed its doors.
Samurai, a relatively new addition to the jumble of Flushing shops across from Macy's on Roosevelt, is the Japanese take on the five-and-dime. The two-floor shop carries everything from lacquer bowls to mascara to kids' toys, but the best finds are the cutesy stationery and colorful purses and tote bags (many under $2). Yes, they have Hello Kitty-chan. "Enjoy your life with Samurai!"
After shopping revive with boba tea and Krispy Kreme at Sago (39-02 Main St), a couple blocks away on Main Street.
- Samurai, 136-41 Roosevelt Ave. Flushing NY 11354 (1 block east of Main Street), 718-321-1283
- See Samurai website for stores in Jackson Heights, Astoria, and Forest Hills
- Flushing, Queens, directions and more
- For more Asian stationery and toys in Flushing, Magic Castle is very good and Morning Glory Stationery (136-40 39th Ave) is even better.