6 Locations in Japan to Grab Fukubukuro Lucky Bags in 2018

31.December.2017 | FASHION / FEATURES

New Year in Japan means trying your luck with a fukubukoro, lucky bags sold at stores around the country filled with all different kinds of goodies. The contents of each and every bag can differ and are usually a complete mystery, making it an exciting experience! A lot of the time the contents are worth more than what you pay for the fukubukuro, so you can get your hands on some great things at a bargain price. We’ve listed some recommended places where you can get your own fukubukuro.

 

Laforet Harajuku – “Thank You Bags”

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In commemoration of its 39th anniversary since opening on October 28th (Sat.), Laforet HARAJUKU will offer their annual lucky bag at an outrageously low price and they are calling the bag a “Thank-you bag.” These lucky bags will be sold for 390 yen and 3900 yen (tax included) and some bags will have goods worth up to 70,000 yen inside them. A real bargain! In addition, as is now a popular annual event, they will offer lucky bags called “You can see and you can choose lucky bag!” where you can purchase the bag of your choice and they will also offer a lucky bag called, “Laforet special bag” which will be stuffed with Laforet original items only.

 

Full Article: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/81051

 

◼Information

2018 First sale of the year / Lucky bag

Address: 11-6 1-Chome, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Hours: January 1, 2018 at 9:00-19:00 / January 2, 2018 onward at 11:00-21:00

 

Stores offering “Thank-you bags”

¥390 bags: 5F Lycka, 4F Ciara, Crisp, 1.5F BeautiK, B1.5F Metamorphose HARAJUKU

¥3,900 bags: 5F Ray Cassin, rivet & surge, 4F DOUBLE NAME, 2F Maison de FLEUR, PARIS HOUSE, 1.5F BeautiK, B1.5F ALGONQUINS, ALICE and the PIRATES, Angelic Pretty, MEDI STORE

 

Website: http://www.laforet.ne.jp/fukubukuro/

 

 

Shibuya ShinQs – “Fukubukuro”

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ShinQs are also preparing unique 2018 fukubukuro (Japanese New Year lucky bags) which will appear on January 2nd. In addition to the premium fukubukuro available on the food floor which are popular every year, there will be an even more special fukubukuro on sale, the likes of which you could only imagine in your dreams… Shibuya Hikarie are also joining in the festivity with New Year’s menus, merchandise and entertainment.

 

Full Article: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/80589

 

■Information

Shibuya Hikarie

Address: 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours:

ShinQs 10:00-21:00

Cafe & Restaurant 11:00-23:00

Cafe & Restaurant 7F 11:00-23:30 *7F will close at 23:00 on Sundays

Creative Space 8/ 11:00〜20:00 *select stores will be open until 23:00

Closed: January 1st

Contact: 03-5468-5892

Homepage: http://www.hikarie.jp

 

 

 

Seibu Shibuya – “An out of the ordinary experience: rickshaw fukubukuro”

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Obtain a special rickshaw ticket in Seibu Shibuya’s fukubukuro and gain the power to survive the year of 2018 by visiting Shibuya’s shrines including two of the most famous shrines in Shibuya, “Meiji Jingu” and “Kitaya Inari Shrine” where the god of business is enshrined. You can also enjoy eating lunch at “Omotesando Ukai Tei” and take a photo at the Scramble Crossover. Your ride will depart from and return back to Seibu Shibuya.

 

There are many different unique fukubukuro available at Seibu Shibuya, including the “Experience Japan’s Beauty” bag and the “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” bag.

 

Full Article: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/82383

 

■Information

Seibu Shibuya “Fukubukuro Oichi”

Running: January 1, 2018 – January 3, 2018

Address: 21-1, Udagawacho, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

Available: At designated areas.

Contact: 03-3462-0111

Homepage: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/sogo/

 

 

 

Ginza LOFT – “Original fukubukuro” 

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The Ginza branch of LOFT are going to sell limited quantities of original Ginza LOFT fukubukuro from January 2nd-4th. The store will stock lots of unique fukubukuro available only at Ginza LOFT filled with all kinds of goodies including curry, stationary, hand drip coffee starter sets, items to keep yourself moisturised during the dry season, and more. There will also be one special fukubukuro available on a first-come, first-served basis. (*sales will end once all bags have been sold)

 

■Information

Ginza LOFT

Address: Ginza Velvia-kan 3F-6F, 2-4-6 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

<New Year’s Business Hours>

・December 31st – 11:00-18:00

・January 1st – Closed

・January 2nd – 10:00-20:00

・January 3rd – 10:00-20:00

・Regular business hours commence from January 4th – 11:00-21:00

Website: http://www.loft.co.jp/shop_list/detail.php?shop_id=407

 

 

Gion Tsujiri – “Fukbukuro with original tote bag”

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Gion Tsujiri are holding special New Year’s cake sale at Space of Asakusa in Matsuya Asakusa until January 2, 2018. They are selling their popular “Tsujiri no Sato” matcha confectionery, their New Year’s “Daifukucha” tea, and limited edition fukubukuro. There’s lots of tasty treats to look forward to including rich matcha flavoured sweets that come in a special box used to preserve tea, branded with an original mark.

 

■Information

Location: Space of Asakusa 1F, Matsuya Asakusa

Running: December 26, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Website: http://www.matsuya.com/m_asakusa/

Gion Tsujiri Website: www.giontsujiri.co.jp

 

 

THE Chiffon & Spoon – “Fukubukuro”

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THE Chiffon & Spoon is a chiffon cake store where you can eat tasty chiffon cake with a spoon. From January 1st-3rd next year, the shop will sell their own original fukubukuro in limited quantities. You can get a fukubukuro that includes discount coupons for 5 small chiffon cakes of your favourite flavour together with honey jam and tea sets (¥2,160 tax incl.), another that comes with the same but you get 10 discount vouchers instead (¥3,240), and as a special set (¥3,240), you can get 10 of the same discount vouchers along with a set of 3 of their new tiramisu chiffon cakes that were released on December 28th.

 

■Information

Running: January 1, 2018 –  January 3, 2018

*Details regarding when the products go on sale and the quantity differ from branch to branch. Please see the homepage or visit in-store for more details.

Available: All “THE Chiffon & Spoon” stores (8 total)

Website: http://www.the-chiffon-and-spoon.jp

 

Enjoy your New Year’s shopping by getting your hands on one of the many fukubukuro available in Japan!

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    ▼ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK

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    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rocca.truck/

     

     

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    ▼Jumondo

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    ▼Kyo Yasaka Pudding

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    TEL: 075-533-8338

    Official Website: https://kyo-yasaka-pudding.co.jp/

     

     

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    Photos/Text: meme

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    The Fashion floor is bolstering its range of new generation fashion designers and brands and will have new points of sale that aim in the promotion of their names. For example, the art direction for the shop naming and logo of GEYSER PARCO on the third floor was created by YAR, a creative team spearheaded by YOSHIROTTEN.

     

    The floor won’t just take into account the purchasing of clothing either―it will also cater clothes that have already been bought. There will even be an environmentally-friendly cleaning service for those fashionistas treasure their threads as well as repairs for a variety of clothes carried about by specialists and more, giving customers an incentive to make frequent use of Shibuya PARCO.

    In the Art & Culture department, Shibuya PARCO will offer the PARCO MUSEUM which will exhibit a line-up of unprecedented artwork focused on art, design and fashion, al built uniquely from the ground up.

     

    The museum’s logo was created by design group TOMATO while the interior décor was co-developed by two Japanese interior designers.

    GALLERY X, originally located at Spain-Zaka in Shibuya, is moving to Shibuya PARCO’s B1F floor. The PARCO staff have curated an edgy assortment of art pieces from multiple art fields spanning anime, games and music.

     

    A gallery-style shop is also opening to allow visitors to come into contact with a myriad of cultures. Names include OIL by Bijutsu Techo who will promote contemporary art and who are appearing inside a shop for the first time, Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun who will have their own ‘cultural information desk’ Hobo Nichi Karu-chan to communicate Tokyo culture, and more. 

     

    The sixth floor is the ‘Japan Culture’ zone where there will be Nintendo Tokyo, Pokémon Center Shibuya, a Touken Ranbu bookshop, and plenty of other Japanese pop culture content. It is an amalgamation of games, anime, E-sports, art, fashion and more where visitors can not only buy things but experience pop culture with all five of their senses. This is sure to be a hit with foreign visitors.

     

    In the next article we will take a look at Entertainment, Food and Technology so stay tuned.

  • New Year’s Sales Arriving in Tokyo & Yokohama in January 2019

    30.December.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Like many other countries, the New Year season is the time for bargain sales where you can get your hands on lots of great deals.

     

    We have selected a number of steals you can grab at various shop around Tokyo and Yokohama in January.

    Shibuya Mark City’s Winter Sale

    The winter sale at Shibuya Mark City will take place from January 2 to 15. A total of seventeen stores are taking part with whom you can get your hands on a range of winter fashion trend clothing, everyday use items and more with up to 70% off.

     

    What’s more is that for every ¥5,000 (tax included) you spend at select stores you will receive a ¥1,000 voucher to use at shops in Shibuya Mark City. These are available to the first 10,000 people with a maximum spending limit of ¥25,000.

     

    Expect plenty of good deals for your New Year’s shopping at Mark City in Shibuya.

     

    ■Information

    Shibuya Mark City Winter Sale

    Running: January 2, 2019 – January 15, 2019

     

    Shibuya Mark City

    Address: 1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3780-6503

    Website: http://www.s-markcity.co.jp

     

    Odaibargain

    Odaibargain is now taking place across 4 facilities in Odaiba: AQUA CiTY ODAIBA, VenusFort, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza and DECKS Tokyo Beach until January 14.

    Wintertime bargains to look forward to in Odaiba includes not just shopping but themed menus at restaurants too. There are also food coupons being handed out as well as entertainment and leisure services. The diverse line-up includes everything from clothing to kids and pet items with up to 90% off.

     

    An event will also take place on New Year’s Day which consists of traditional Japanese lion dancing backed by traditional wagakki music.

     

    ■Information

    Odaibargain

    Running: December 26, 2018 – January 14, 2019

     

    AQUA CiTY ODAIBA

    Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops 11:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-23:00

    Website: https://www.aquacity.jp

     

    VenusFort

    Address: 1-3-15 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops 11:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-23:00

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: https://www.venusfort.co.jp

     

    DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

    Address: 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops 10:00-21:00 / Food Court 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Restaurants 11:00-23:00

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/divercity-tokyo/

     

    DECKS Tokyo Beach

    Address: 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours:

    Shops/Cafes – 11:00-21:00

    4F Odaiba Takoyaki Museum – 11:00-22:00

    5F Restaurants – 11:00-23:00

    6F Restaurants – 11:00-Midnight

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: https://www.odaiba-decks.com

     

    Lion Dancing & Traditional Music

    Date: January 1, 2019

    Time: 1st Performance – 11:00 / 2nd Performance – 13:00

    Location: Around each location listed above

     

    Yokohama Landmark Plaza & MARK IS Minato Mirai’s W★SALE

    Landmark Plaza located inside Yokohama Landmark Tower is teaming up with MARK IS Minato Mirai to hold a New Year’s sale from January 2 to 14.

     

    Close to 120 popular shops are participating in the sale across both establishments selling a range goods from clothing for men, women and kids as well as interior design items, food, drinks and more with up to 70% off and select stores.

    Fukubukuro lucky bags will also be sold at select shops containing clothing, food and drinks, restaurant coupons and more.

     

    ■Information

    Yokohama Landmark Plaza & MARK IS Minato Mirai’s W★SALE

    Running: January 2, 2019 – January 14, 2019

     

    Landmark Plaza

    Address: 2-2-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Participating Stores: 40 fashion and variety shops

    Opening Hours:

    Shops – 11:00-20:00 (from 10:00-20:00 on January 2)

    Restaurants – 11:00-22:00 (Mirai Yokocho – 11:00-23:00)

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: http://www.yokohama-landmark.jp

     

    MARK IS Minato Mirai

    Address: 3-5-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Participating Stores: 80 fashion, variety and food shops

    Opening Hours:

    Shops & Food Court – 11:00-20:00 (until 21:00 on Friday, Weekends & Holidays and January 2)

    Restaurants – 11:00-23:00

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: http://www.mec-markis.jp/mm/

     

    Laforet Harajuku’s LAFORET GRAND BAZAR

    The LAFORET GRAND BAZAR will take place at Laforet Harajuku from January 24 to 28.

    There is lots planned for Laforet’s sale. If you line up outside before it opens you will receive a special “Morning Ticket” that gets you a further 10% off select shops inside until 2:00pm. Lots of timed sales will also take place at fixed hours. This includes the “Laforet Card Discount” where using your Laforet Card at certain times will earn you another 5% off.

    The GOOD MEAL MARKET on the second floor will serve different discounted food for ¥390 each day. Each meal is available to the first 300 people only so don’t miss out.

     

    ■Information

    LAFORET GRAND BAZAR

    Running: January 24, 2019 – January 28, 2019

    Opening Hours:

    January 24 – 9:00-21:00

    January 25 to 28 – 11:00-21:00

    Event Page: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/grand_bazar/

     

    Laforet Harajuku

    Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    URL: 03-3475-0411

    Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/

     

    Make sure to take advantage of all the deals on offer in the New Year!

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe : Learn How to Make “Pressed Sushi of Sanrio’s character”

    30.December.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish. In this character recipe you’ll learn how to make a “Sanrio Character’s Pressed Sushi”, the perfect dish for a new year♡

     

    1:Ingredients

    Sashimi of your choice (for this time, try salmon, snapper and tuna) Shredded cooked egg
    Salmon roe
    Boiled podded peas
    Green shiso
    Vinegar rice
    Pudding cup

    ☆You can use as much as you want.
    ☆You can use a cake pan instead of a pudding cup.

     

    For Topping

    Kamaboko of your choice
    Shimeji mushroom(for pompompurin’s hat) ※pour men-tsuyu a bit and use microwave.

    Cookie cutters
    Dried seaweed puncher

     

    3

    1 Put saran wrap into the pudding cup
    2 Put in sliced sashimi with a slight overlap
    3 Let the vinegar rice cool a bit and stuff it tightly.
    4 Wrap it well and let the sashimi and rice keep for a while.

    4

    Cut the white Kamaboko out with a cat shaped cookie cutter (for Hello Kitty).
    Cut the green Kamaboko out with a round shaped cookie cutter. Place the small round eyes on the round shaped face.(for Keroppi)

    Cut the yellow Kamaboko out with a bear shaped cookie cutter, then take the ear pieces away, and replace them with raindrop shaped Kamaboko. Use pasta to fix Shimeji mushroom cooked in a microwave for the hat(for Pompom purin).

    Put seaweed-eyes and nose on each face.
    ☆All cookie cutters except the aluminium one, and Kitty’s bow, are available at Seria.

    5

    Take Sushi from picture3 out and turn upside down on the green shiso.
    Place shredded cooked egg, boiled podded pea, salmon roe, kamaboko on the picture5 and your pressed sushi is complete.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

  • New Year’s Shopping in Japan: 2019 Fukubukuro Lucky Bags

    29.December.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Fukubukuro, or “lucky bags,” are a Japanese New Year custom sold by many shops across the country. The contents of the bags is always unknown but they are sold at a discounted price. It’s exciting and a great chance to get your hands on a whole range of goodies for a bargain. We have compiled a list of recommended fukubukuro for you to check out.

    Tobu Department Store, Ikebukuro – Fukubukuro

    The Ikebukuro branch of Tobu Department Store is selling close to 57,000 fukubukuro.

    The keywords for their 2019 lucky bags are “Heisei” (which refers to the current era of Japan), “Food,” and “Dual Wield.” Below are just a couple of fukubukuro you can get your hands on.

     

    Kinokuniya is a fairly new store having opened in September 2017. They are just one fukubukuro aimed at those born during the Heisei period (1989-2019). But this is no ordinary lucky bag. You can receive a select number of items depending on your age from the store’s stock of 3,500 products that prices up to ¥39,000. This includes glossaries, everyday foods and more. For example, if you’re 30-years-old and were born during the Heisei period you will receive 30 items.

    *1 bag per person

    *Products included are those originally priced at ¥4,000 (including tax) and below.

    Application Period: December 26, 2018 – January 3, 2019

    How to Buy: You must sign up at the store for a chance to win one. Winners will be contacted via telephone on January 4, 2019.

    Pick-Up Period: January 17, 2019 – January 23, 2019

    *A separate fee will be charged for those who request delivery.

     

    Another fukubukuro is the one at Pan Rizotta. Once again, you will receive a range of pastries from the store’s line-up of 120 items depending on your age. They cost ¥3,100 and there are 5 available.

     

    Application Period: December 26, 2018 – January 3, 2019

    How to Buy: You must sign up at the store for a chance to win one. Winners will be contacted via telephone on January 4, 2019.

    Pick-Up Period: January 6, 2019 – January 10, 2019 (*takeaway only)

     

    ■Information

    Tobu Department Store (Ikebukuro Branch)

    Address: 1-1-25 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    URL:http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/

     

    PAPABUBBLE – Limited Edition Fukubukuro

    For a limited time only the art candy shop PAPABUBBLE is now selling three different sized fukubukuro for the New Year. The small bag is filled with the shop’s classic confections, the medium with unreleased flavours, and the large with a bunch of rare items.

    Running: At all branches of PAPABUBBLE until they sell out

    Price: Small ¥1,500 / Medium ¥3,000 / Large ¥5,000

    Don’t forget to check out their New Year candy mix which features pig designs for the 2019 Year of the Pig.

     

    ■Information

    PAPABUBBLE

    Participating Branches: Nakano, Shibuya, GINZA SIX, Yokohama, Daimaru Tokyo, Lumine EST Shinjuku, LUCUA Osaka, Fukuoka Tenjin Chikagai, Sendai PARCO 2, Sogo Chiba JUNNU, Nihonbashi, Keio Noren Street, Yokohama Landmark

    *The Nihonbashi branch is not selling fukubukuro but will sell the New Year candy mix

    URL:http://www.papabubble.jp

     

    Village Vanguard Online – Cheki Fukubukuro

    Village Vanguard is selling must-get fukubukuro featuring a set of 7 instax items including the camera, films, an album and more.

    For girls they are offering the “Kawaii Cheki Fukubukuro” which contains cute pastel colour cameras a rare Minion camera.

    For guys they are selling the “Otona Cheki Fukubkuro” with various sleek designs. Select bags contain the Suguremono Smartphone de Cheki which enables you to print your photos from your smartphone, and the Neo Classic camera. These fukubukuro are very limited in stock so you’ll want to be quick!

     

    ■Information

    Cheki Fukubukuro 2019

    https://vvstore.jp/feature/detail/6931/?utm_source=press

     

    Brooks – Overseas Fukubukuro

    Online tea and coffee shop Brooks is now taking fukbukuro orders to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In line with this, they are also now selling them to 50 countries around the world. Their bags include popular brand drip coffee, tea and more.

    2019 Fukubukuro: ¥5,400 (Tax Included) *Free Shipping

    2019 Premium Fukubukuro: ¥10,800 (Tax Included) *Free Shipping

    The overseas-only fukubukuro contains products from high quality brands, popular drip coffee, sencha sold only in Japan, genmaicha and more. Additionally, the first set of 100 sold will contain a special Onenga Coffee bag for a taste of Japanese New Year.

    Overseas Fukubukuro

    Running: December 18, 2018 – January 31, 2019

    Price: ¥5,000 (*Free shipping. However, fees may apply depending on shipping laws in certain countries.)

     

    ■Information

    Brooks Official Website:https://www.brooks.co.jp/?b=4002

     

    Mister Donut – 2019 Fukubukuro

    Mister Donut has teamed up with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! for their fukubukuro. Items include blankets, clear files, mini tote bags, accessories and a calendar all featuring chubby designs of Pikachu and Eevee surrounded by delicious doughnuts. The fukubukuro line-up includes the two standard ¥1,080 and ¥2,160 bags as well as a new ¥3,240 version. These will no longer be available once they sell out so don’t miss out!

     

    ■Information

    Mister Donut Fukubukuro 2019

    Running: December 26, 2018 until all have sold out at each branch

    Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan

    *The start date and contents may vary shop branch to branch. Full details can be found on the Mister Donut website.

    Official Websitehttps://www.misterdonut.jp

     

    LOFT Shibuya & Ginza – “Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro Series”

    LOFT Shibuya will resume business on New Year’s Day and LOFT Ginza on January 2nd. To celebrate, lots and lots of amazing lucky bags containing hit products from the variety store will be sold. Below is just a small example of what to expect.

    Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro: Omotenashi

    Japanese Food (Sake Bottle, Sake Cup, Bowl, Small Bowl, Chopsticks and more) *5 Available (Shibuya LOFT)

    Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro: Boom!

    Panda Panda Panda Blessing (Plushie Calendar, Standing Pencil Case, Cable Biter, and more) *3 Available (Ginza LOFT)

     

    ■Information

    Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro Series

    Price: ¥3,100 (Tax Included)

    Re-Opening:

    Shibuya LOFT – January 1, 2019 at 10:00am

    Ginza LOFT – January 2, 2019 at 10:00am

    Locations: Shibuya LOFT Floor 1, Ginza LOFT Floor 3

    URL:https://www.loft.co.jp

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan for the new year then you absolutely have to get your hands on a fukubukuro!

  • 5 New Year’s Holidays Foods to Devour at Daimaru Tokyo

    29.December.2018 | FOOD

    With the New Year almost upon us, lots of restaurants are prepping ‘osechi’―food served during the New Year’s Holidays.

     

    Over at Daimaru Tokyo they have 25 different osechi ready to serve from 20 brands which can be bought from 10:00am to 6:00pm on December 31. Here are 5 you can expect to be sinking your teeth into.

    Rakushougatsu (Serves 2) @ Nadaman Chubo – ¥12,960

    This long-standing restaurant is cooking up a very traditional meal. Indulge in New Year’s classics like sweet rolled omelette, black soybeans and herring roe. Added to this is roast beef.

     

    Edo no Niji (Serves 2-3) @ Kanda Myojinshita Miyabi – ¥15,660

    Enjoy the flavours of Edo with this dish that both looks and tastes delicious. It comes in three mini boxes portioned very cutely!

     

    Wafuu Osechi Ichidan’e (Serves 1-2) @ Minokichi – ¥14,040

    Minokichi has created this delicate arrangement of party snacks, fried food, vegetables and more.

     

    Gyutan Otsumami Osechi (Serves 2-3) @ Gyutan Kanezaki – ¥16,200

    From classic osechi picks to otsumami―snacks that go with alcohol―this one has it all.

    Gindara Nishikyou Yaki Osechi Wafuu Nidan’e (Serves 2-3) @ Aji no Hamato Tsukiji – ¥21,600

    The ultimate celebratory selection consisting of Japanese bluefish, fried food, boiled food and more.

     

    There’s plenty of great osechi to be enjoyed in Japan for the New Year so don’t miss out.

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