By thomas | December 31, 2008
Just a reminder that banks close for New Years holidays. Don’t get caught without cash. Grab a few extra ichimans today while you still can. Also, various stores will close and others will change their opening/closing times. If you need to, stock up on things like food, diapers, etc.
Also, be on the look out for New Years’ fukubukoro and get a LOT of stuff for CHEAP. Seriously, if you don’t know what these lucky bags are, check the link. Don’t miss it! Even Mister Donut has fukubukuros (thanks Ken Y-N from whatjapanthinks!).
I also spotted Hassakus in the grocery store today. This is my favorite Japanese fruit, so if you haven’t tried them yet, check it out.
Also, a request. I got an email recently that said this:
I’m new to Japan and I’ve really been enjoying your site, though the shoes tip didn’t quite work for me…yet. I’m sure my Japanese isn’t good enough to truly work that one out. Anyways, I’ve been told that the day after New Years (or maybe New Years day) there are some great sales. I read your post on fukubukuro, but it doesn’t really describe the same phenomenon. This was described to be as the “Japanese Black Friday.” Being new here, we could really use some deals, but can’t quite read the websites well enough for info. I would really appreciate a post on this topic, I’m sure you’d have some great input. To give you an idea, we’re looking for small appliances; denki pot, rice cooker, vacuum, plasma TV, etc. ;) Also, we need some clothes, so basically ANY info you can provide will be beneficial. Thanks and have a great New Years!
[ed: To clarify: Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and is the busiest shopping day of the year in America. Everybody has the day off and all the stores have big sales.]
Does anybody know anything about this? I don’t shop much, so I don’t know anything about it. If you do, please leave a comment and help us out!
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