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    Banks and other places close for New Years, plus other stuff

    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:

    Hey Thomas,
    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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    4 Responses to “Banks and other places close for New Years, plus other stuff”

    1. Resce Says:
      December 31st, 2008 at 6:25 am

      New Year’s Day in Japan traditionally is a day where it is said that whatever you do that day, you will be stuck doing it for the rest of the year. For this reason, many traditionalist Japanese people try to stay home and avoid work and spending money, especially. There are, however, a few shops that start their fukubukuro sales on this day.

      The day after New Years is a huge shopping day, but I wouldn’t compare it to Black Friday in the US. Most shops will have fukubukuro tables set up in front and it can be a great way to spend some of the new years cash you receive. The key to fukubukuro is sticking with stores that you frequent or would enjoy just about anything from. I have purchased the grab bags from the apple store and Starbucks in the past and been very pleased with the results, despite the sometimes hefty price tag. They are always a good value price wise, but rarely something you would out and purchase on your own.

      I have seen some good deals at denki shops that you might want to check out. Not crazy loss leaders like in the US, but pretty fair prices on small electrics, appliances, and TVs.

      There is one caveat, though. Stores are INSANE on the day after. I work in retail in the US now and nothing holds a candle to Japanese stores the day after new years. It is unbelievable how many people will crowd into major malls and shopping districts.

    2. k Says:
      December 31st, 2008 at 1:50 pm

      drop by yodabashi or the big denki mega stores. i don’t really go for the fukubukuro, i usually want to know what i buy. ^^. but drop by in after new year’s day. some things are bound to be offered on a one day only sale.

    3. Helen Says:
      January 21st, 2009 at 12:09 pm

      The person that emailed you might want to check out Tell and Sell Japan. It’s a Yahoo group for people that want to buy and sell things in English. There are often Sayonara sales, and you can get some good stuff for not very much money.

      Hope it’s helpful!

    4. jamie smith Says:
      November 2nd, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      some company closed at new year because there’s nothing to do. people going holiday