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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】 We push our luck with a 3,000 yen “lucky bag” from Akihabara junk shop

Once again, to feel the true thrill of the gamble of a New Year’s fukubukuro (lucky bag) Mr. Sato doubles down and grabs a bag of junk… or is it?

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Starbucks Japan announces its lucky bag for 2017 – feel free to start lining up now

In order to figure out what might be in the bag this year, we have to look to the past to see the future!

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Rurouni Kenshin sumi-e prints are the most wanted holiday gifts on our wish list

Turns out the tales of Battousai the Manslayer make for great ink paintings.

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Looking to show off your love for Cardcaptor Sakura? Secret Honey ensures that it’s in the cards

We wish Tomoeda Elementary School was a real place because they have the most fantastic uniforms.

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5 things about Japanese customer service that surprise foreign visitors

In Japan, the customer is God, and sometimes that means going above and beyond to please with distinctive styles of service.

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Japan’s largest anime megashop to open new branch in Akihabara specifically for women

Retail chain Animate is dedicating an all-new store in Tokyo to girls’ anime and manga.

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Off-beat yukata shop Tsukikageya releases new line with adorable kitty and bear prints

The unique yukata shop we visited last year is at it again. This time their line-up is less scary and much more adorable!

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8 types of customer that irk supermarket store clerks in Japan

Can you see yourself in any of these annoying customer profiles?

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From adorable cats to space shuttles: The perfect obi is waiting for you here!

Your search for the perfect obi is nearly over!

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Gorgeous Paul Gerber/Arita-yaki pottery watches will catch eyes, leave you seriously broke

The famed Swiss watch maker teams with centuries-old traditional arita-yaki potter Koransha to produce this limited line of stunning handcrafted watches.

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“Creepy” Japanese dolls among items Chinese souvenir shoppers leave on the shelves

Who wouldn’t want one of these lovable little dolls staring at you forever and ever…until you die…and maybe even after that.

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Love cats? Feeling frisky? Then you should check out these pussycat underpants【Photos】

It’s like you’re playing peekaboo with your lady parts. Needless to say, Japanese people can’t seem to get enough of these undies.

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How far will 10,000 yen get you in Harajuku’s fashion world with the aid of two teenage experts?

Our reporter’s fashion quest continues as he ventures into the ultra-hip jungle of Tokyo’s Harajuku with a mere 10,000 yen (US$85), this time enlisting the help of two high school girls who know the terrain like the back of their hands.

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How far will 10,000 yen get you (fashionwise) at the convenience store Family Mart?

In his ongoing search for the perfect affordable-but-stylish ensemble, our fashion reporter Seiji Nakazawa sets his sights on a major convenience store chain.

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【2016 Lucky Bag Roundup】We buy a 3,000-yen, 5-kilo Lucky Bag of junk in Akihabara

Mr. Sato visits the Iwayuru Junk Shop in Tokyo’s Akihabara district in search of a true lucky bag: one where you don’t know what you’ll get inside.

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【2016 Lucky Bag Roundup】 Lucky Bag favorite Starbucks is back in 2016, we see what’s inside

A new year means new lucky bags! So, how’s the haul from Starbucks? We find out after waiting in line all night!

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If you’re up on your currency exchange rates, the answer won’t shock you.

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Madoka Magica fans are ready for a “magical girl”-off thanks to some new accessories

Are you able to suitably show off your appreciation for one of the most critically acclaimed magical girl anime in the last five years? If not, come see what is in store after the jump!

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Take a trip in the name of the moon with Sailor Moon travel cases, bags and passport wallets

Now you can enjoy a vacation in cool anime style with Sailor Moon travel accessories in six character designs.

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Singapore retailer a contender for “Worst Ad Campaign Ever” title after Black Friday rape gaffe

A retailer in Singapore swung and completely missed with their advertisement that was trying to catch some of the Black Friday shopping buzz.

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