Monday, January 31, 2011

Scented tissue - sniff before you blow!

I have to thank my friend for turning me on to these. You can't really go anywhere in the larger cities without someone pressing a small pack of tissues into your hand, so I never purchased them. One day my friend took out a package of tissues for her daughter. I think I said something about never having seen printed tissues before. She showed me that they were scented too. How cool!!! I was then told that it is popular for school girls here in Japan to trade packs of the scented and printed packs of tissues.
My friend gave all of the packs on this page to me. The scents above are, 'American Cherry', 'Sweet Strawberry', and 'Petit Pineapple'.

The packs above are strawberry, orange, and pineapple.
I guess this last pack is geared more toward adults. The two packs are slightly larger and are lavender and a sweet smell.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu!!! Happy New Year!!!

It's a New Year and in the stores here in Japan, you'll see these lucky bags (Fukubukuro) everywhere! The value of the items in the bags are supposed to be quite good, though I have never personally bought one.
These bags were at a Jusco near my house. Some of the places selling bags had them roped off with signs warning that they were not available for purchase until the first. On most of the bags I saw, there were sizes posted on the outside of the bags in clothing departments.
A live news broadcast on the first here showed a madhouse scene at some department store. It looked like the day after Thanksgiving in the US. It looked cold.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!!!

I saw the first sunrise of the new year (Hatsuhinode) here in Japan... on TV. When the sun hit Fuji and made that star pattern, they yelled, "Diamond!!!" They flashed it on the screen in Katakana too. Very fun, and much warmer from my living room.
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