JAPANESE LUCKY BAGS FOREVER21 2018

Hey guys!!
I am back and trucking along with my new years resolution which is…. WRITING IN THIS BLOG!!!! I have severely neglected this blog and honestly, I have zero excuse. Expect more content from my on this platform 😀

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Ariana (my hometown bestie) is up visiting Tokyo for the new year and we decided to buy Japanese lucky bags. What is a lucky bag? Well, basically shops around Japan will put their last year or last season clothing into one huge bag and sell it for cheap! They are called fukubukuro 福袋 in Japanese. Every store have their own rules regarding their lucky bags. For example, some stores you can actually see a sample of what is in the bag before you buy, other stores have many clothing on display and there will be a random set of those clothing in your lucky bag, OR you have the 100% i don’t know what the f*ck is in here bag.. it’s 100% a mystery!!!! Japanese people line up before stores open just to buy these lucky bags. Usually stores open on January 1st or 2nd (every stores is different) so i would recommend checking ahead of time the stores you want to venture too! Also, if i had to compare the buying experience to something in Canada… I would say it is a lot like Black Friday or Boxing Day sales but WAY more manageable. Not like those Walmart world star fights you see on the news (or with your own eyes) on black friday or boxing day.

Ariana and I bought a forever21 lucky bag this year and is was 5000円 for a bag of 9 items. The only thing we were able to choose was the sizes. Ariana chose a S/M bag and i chose a M/L bag.We were so excited so we decided to head home as soon as possible to open the lucky bags on camera and see what we got!! I made a video of us showing what we got and what it looks like on here → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8jW0w4PAW8 … I will warn you, ONE of US got played!!!!!!

Now, I will say BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK when it comes to the 100% mystery bag because you’re essentially taking a 50/50 chance on good items.. I would NEVER spend more than 5000円 on a bag that I don’t know what is inside. For example, i spent 10,000円 on an adidas lucky bag because i seen the preview of everything inside and was really happy with it. But i repeat… NEVER buy a bag over 5000円 that you don’t know what is inside UNLESS you LOVE that brand.

Half of the fun of lucky bags is not knowing what to expect though.. It is the closest i can get to that childhood feeling on christmas day.. tearing open your gifts not knowing what “santa” bought for you.

Also, there are more than just fashion lucky bags. You can also buy lucky bags from technology type stores (places that sell gadgets and so on), animation stores (things that sell anime, manga, figurines, etc), food stores (convenience stores, grocery stores, foreign import stores), AND makeup/beauty stores!

Where would you buy your lucky bags from???

 

 

Sayonara for now,
Jennifer Ann
osharegirl

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Gaijin Life: Yakiniku

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In Japan, meat is usually so expensive. One of the more expensive meats here is beef and one of the cheaper meats is chicken. I thought this to be strange when I first arrived here because back home in Canada, it is quite the opposite. Chicken is expensive and pork or beef are cheaper. I grew up eating red meat almost everyday and that has to be one of the things I miss the most about Canada. How cheap the beef is compared to Japan!

However I will share with you one of my best kept secrets! Japan has restaurants where there are Tabehoudai and Nomihoudai which basically means all you can eat and all you can drink. This style of buffets usually come with a time limit of 2 hours. When I am feeling slightly sad about my red meat intake, I will go to a restaurant with tabehodai (all you can eat) and chow down. BUT, the most important factor is what style of food you choose to eat. Have you ever heard of Yakiniku ? The Japanese word yakiniku literally means grilled meat. The idea of barbequing red meat on a grill in the middle of the table probably originated from the western idea of barbeques. So yes, my guilty pleasure here in Japan is going to a yakiniku restaurant and eating plates of meat sometimes resulting in meat sweats..

There are many different styles of meat you can choose from along with different cuts and marinates. They also offer more than just red meat. Also offered on menus are: chicken, cheese filled sausages, vegetables, and other sides like salad, French fries, potato salad, etc. I will warn you that these types of restaurant are usually not cheap and range anywhere from 1800円 and up but they are well worth satisfying your homesickness! Another tip, these places usually get pretty smoky even though they have vents above the grill to try and suck up the smoke. They will leave your clothing smelling like you sat in front of a barbeque for two hours (like you probably were). In Japan, they actually make a spray especially for people who eat yakiniku. It is in an aerosol can that sprays on your clothing and breaks down the smoke particles in your clothing to take away the smell. If you`re going to eat yakiniku, wear something you don’t mind getting smelly unless you are going to be laundry relatively soon. Also, you will eat until you’re probably have a food baby or fall into a food coma, wear comfortable pants! Something with an elastic waist, sweatpants, or loose fitting jeans, and a loose fitting shirt is the best.

Recently I went myself to a yakiniku restaurant that is a small, old, and cute place. It is called CAMP. It has the cheapest and coolest nomihoudai in Yokohama. It is 600円 for all you can drink for one hour. The best part is, you make your own drinks. They have a huge open bar where you can make a classic drink or you can get creative and mix yourself up something unique. I do recommend reading Japanese. Hiragana or katakana should be okay since a lot of the bottles without labels have a sticker with Japanese writing on it. A lot of locals go to camo to drink, smoke, chat, and eat yakiniku. The place is quite tiny so it does get pretty smoky the later into the night it gets but the atmosphere is unlike anything else in Yokohama.

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These are some photos from my night filled with eating meat, meat, and more meat. Enjoy! If you are hungry, I am sorry you have to suffer staring at this delicious food.

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Ta-ta for now,

Jennifer

XOXO