Hello everyone, happy 2017!!!
I’m away from my family, halfway across the world in Japan and what is the first thing I do on January 1, 2017? Hit the sales, of course!
I’m a big spender so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to look at what the sales are like in Japan. Heck, have you seen my Animate hauls? I literally spent up to 20,000 yen in those stores.
I know for a fact that from December 29 onwards, I didn’t have much to do. Shops closed early and temples were closed so I weren’t able to visit them compared to other times. In the UK the main sales events are Boxing Day, Christmas Eve and New Year. For Japan, I think the biggest sales happen on New Years Day.
They also have something called “福袋” which means lucky bag, or happy bag, as I’ve seen it called in shops. They are goodie bags with random stuff inside, the number of items can vary and so does the price. The most expensive I’ve seen is 50,000 yen for Samantha Thavassa, a designer handbag store.
My favourite shops, as you may know by now, are Wego and Animate. Tutu Anna is a shop selling socks and undies (I like the socks). Emsexcite….uh….bit of an unfortunate name there…but it’s also a clothing store and I got some decent clothes from there once. I also like Ingni, another clothing brand chain.
Let the picture spam begin!
I went to Animate first. I was so hyped for my first fukubukuro. They even gave me a bag which said “福袋”. I was SO HAPPY. It cost 1000 yen and the dude at the counter asked if I wanted the boy or girl version. I chose the girl version to be on the safe side.
I walked around Grand Front Osaka, Lucua and Daimaru but they weren’t open.
I went to Tennoji instead.
And got the Emsexcite fukubukuro. SO CUTEEEEE. It was in a white fluffy bag!!!! EEEeeeeee. It was considerably cheap, costing me 5400 yen.
OK that is a pretty terrible picture, BUT ITS CUTE I SWEAR!!!!
I then went to Ingni. I was pretty determined to get Ingni because I liked their stuff. It was expensive, costing me 10,800 yen. But the bag was pretty damn huge.
I also got the Tutu Anna fukubukuro for 1000 yen.
Other stores I wanted to go to, like Lowry’s Farm, were all sold out TT_TT
But of course, I had to get the Wego fukubukuro. I went to the Kyobashi store and they only had the bag that cost 10800 yen left.
I wanted to get an Ank Rouge fukubukuro but the girl was pretty rude so she didn’t get my business. Ropes & Picnic and Moussy were interesting but the price of their bags were a huge turn off.
So after spending all my savings and also carrying five HUGE AS EFF bags, I went home and I opened them.
I was pretty happy with Tutu Anna. It was worth the money.
Animate was a bloody disappointment. I got so much Digimon stuff WTF! Thank god it only cost me 1000 yen! 😡
The only thing I like is the Ranmaru Uta no Prince-sama fabric thingy…..
Ingni was okay. I could keep and wear most of the stuff.
Emsexcite was okay too. They crammed so many clothes into one tiny bag…
Apparently this is the one I got…
WEGO was the worst. I was so disappointed in the bag. There is a lot of stuff, yes, but…..What the hell is half this shit. The only thing I was happy with was the white bag, the Michigan red t-shirt, the socks, scarf and the bomber jacket.
The rest is….meh.
Look at this pouch….thing?
I was really okay with the bomber jacket until I looked at the B upclose and it said BITCHROD.
Okay, so aside from those mishaps, the fukubukuros are interesting. From what I got, fukubukuros seem to be a way to get rid of old stock, or stock that is soon to be getting out of season. They also seem to be clothes especially designed and made for fukubukuros, so the quality is a bit meh.
I probably wouldn’t buy another fukubukuro unless I knew what was inside it, especially from WEGO. It’s probably popular Japanese fashion but I really didn’t like it! 😦 Sorry, WEGO.
Of course, there are other types of fukubukuros, not just for clothes. See below…