Hatsuuri Sale

Nice to meet you, first post from a new blogger here. My name is Yuki, I am a sophomore in a university in Tokyo. I’m a girl therefore I may like to write often about sweets and fashion.. but my areas are of true interests (and major in school!) are art, culture, and politics. I also recently got a digital SLR and want to flaut it so if you’d like to see photographs of any particular things or places, please feel free to let me know and I’ll do my best to get snapshots (or giant high-quality ones ;) of them.

The New Years, January 1st, is no doubt the biggest holiday in Japan. The best part about this holiday is that kids get otoshidama, money from the elderly relatives, and companies had just given out bonus. The department stores target the nourished and happy people, and the hatsuuri sale begins on January 2nd. Hatsuuri means the first sale of the year – and it’s the biggest one throughout the year. In the country where people try to suck as much money out of you as possible, it’s the greatest when things are marked down to 50%. Although it does seems like most things are just 30% off or less though. And what you have to watch out are ones that are really cheap but actually are mass-produced for the sale. They are usually products you’ve never seen at the store before, but suddenly appeared when the sale begins. They are horrible in qualities.

Sale continues for a couple of days. Right now the city is filled with economical people shopping!

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In Shibuya, girls carry lots of giant bags called fukubukuro, which can be translated to happy bags, ranging about $50-$100 each for clothes, and the bags contain lots of random clothes from the store. They are usually good deal too, and girls line up from early in the morning to get these.. (These are not taken with the digital SLR, and weren’t taken this year. Last year actually, which I posted in my site.. contents may overlap here and there, but do visit my site too!)

3 Comments so far

  1. James Hart (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 6:54 pm

    Welcome Yuki!


  2. Jeshii (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 10:17 am

    Wait a second, I know you! :D Nice to see you on the Tokyo MetBlog team, it’s been a little quiet around here lately. I would have tried to become a submitter, but I live in Gunma! :/


  3. Michael(tm) Smith (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 10:28 am

    Jeshii,

    You can start Metblogs Takasaki :-)



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