When you walk out in the city, and notice people’s belongings, you may notice a “bling” that you may not notice so much outside of Japan. Japanese people like to decorate and tie cell phone straps to personalize their cell phones.
In Japan, people call it “Deco Den” which is short for “Decoration Denwa,” or Decoration Phone in English. “Deco Den” is specifically the term used for decorating and personalizing the cell phone itself, mostly popular among girls. Many people like to put rhinestones, glittery things, stickers, and any other possible items that can be glued onto the surface of their phones to make it their own. There are shops around the city like stands, nail salons, and department stores where people can pay to get it nicely done. They are expensive though, usually ranging from 5000 yen to 15,000 yen, which is an expensive purchase for many young. Thus, some people prefer to decorate it on their own by buying materials at shops to decorate it themselves. The most popular shop that people buy their materials is “The Loft.”
Besides “Deco Den,” people like to put cell phone straps. People tie from about 1 to 5 straps, also to personalize their cell phones. It varies among preference, but some like to put glittery things, stuffed animal key chains, and little souvenirs from places they’ve visited. Some people have a meaning behind the straps, but others just like to have it because they’re cute or look cool.
Stopping by at a cell phone decorating shop may be a fun visit as you can peek at numerous designs and steal ideas for your own cell phone.