Finger Lickin’ Santa

Are you enjoying your Christmas? Did you get your Christmas KFC?

Crispy for Christmas
Families order weeks in advance to share KFC in Japan. Yes I’m weirded out by it, too. KFC and Japan Christmas info here and here.

New Years Fukubukuro

EDIT: Since it’s going to be 1/1 soon in Japan,  both girlswalker and love-ex have new bags up. Love-Ex has me-jane and Golds Infinity. Girlswalker has those plus Mar*s, Duras, Lip Service and more.

The tradition of New Years is so huge in Japan and other than Hatsumode (first visit of the temple) and eating soba (most soba shops are packed), the concept of fukubukuro is everywhere. Fukubukuro are lucky bags and although 109 stores have them, so does most every apparel business in Japan. Most make-up counters do it as well, and you can often get some serious deals at make-up counters.

Each bag usually cost 10,000yen or around $100.00. Some stores offer bags of $200, $100, and $50.00. Others do multiple different lucky bags of $100.00. It’s a mess, but a happy shopping mess. ✌⋰˚◡˚⋱✌

My lovely friend Sebastian is nabbing me Lip Service, w<3c, and Glad News bags. I admit I’m tempted by both the Liz Lisa and Valentine’s High fuku bags because they’re so cute. ༶❤_❤༶

109 shops have been setting up reservations for their bags, but some just release the day of. Fashionwalker still has some of their bags available, while 109 shops one their website have also been releasing them.

LoveEx which has its own worldwide shipping service also has a few lucky bags up. Maybe more will release on 1/1.

EDIT If you don’t like knowing or are only used to buying through shipping services that use Y! auctions, after 1/2 many should be up and opened showing all items. Or if you’re especially looking for your favorite store like One*Spo or DIA who don’t offer on-line sales of fuku.

Also, for those of you IN Tokyo, while 109 is closed on 1/1, Lumine EST and ALTA are both open so you can try your luck at both of those which have Gilfy, Mars, Swordfish, Valentines High, Cecil McBee, Lip Service and more.

Jagura‘s 109 bag is Kitson-like and does a cute plushy tiger in honor of 2010 as the year of the tiger.
Adorable! It almost convinces me to get the bag.

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A big thank you to for their kind words and referral of this blog.  I love their variation and wonderful knowledge on each topic. Their well-designed site is a definite must visit if you’re interested in multiple topics about Japanese life.

Also a great big hug to Julietta who awarded the Doll with the Kreativ Blogger award. Yay our first award :D

Lastly but absolutely not least, wow we’re almost reaching 100 subscribers. I’m positively giddy! Since gal is a specialized item and I tend to concentrate on shopping, I’m thrilled people are reading since I’d rather blog for others :D

Jesus is sparkled and black

Bestill my beating heart, because I went to Jesus Diamante and yes I bought bits!

Happy bag is happy.

Diamante is written up in a wonderful article here.

Although this quote from the article is happily wrong:

While it may be in style among fashionable women in New York and London, black isn’t an option for hime girls, who prefer pink and florals.

Thankfully Jesus Diamante has found a way to meld black the hime look together or I will still not have my first purchase from them. I do however now have two!

My pearl pumps <3
Shopstaff from Jesus Diamanate blog wearing them <3
Their mules are SO comfortable. With a padded insole and rough bottom sole they seem to be both nice on the feet and tough on roads <3 I definitely want another pair alreeady!
I thought I was done and then I ran into this adorably soft and thick jacket
On the staff-chan. Love the way it folds
and… if you spent over 400 (yes Jesus Diamante’s prices are obscene) you got a free stole
Like the one in this picture, but I chose black.
My staff-chan Aneda-san handing me my goodies
Jesus Diamante does such gorgeous pieces and when I was looking around I thought those who have corporate jobs might want to consider the ability to mix in a few of these items in while remaining corporate therefore justifying their prices (somewhat). Jesus is so expensive though, I would like a dress anyways. Maybe for Christmas <3

As a note: Possibly because of the price the clientele I’ve seen in Jesus Diamante on three separate visits is remarkably older than the 109 clientele. I would estimate early to late 30s for most of them. Also one of the staff-chan is out of the normal 109 hiring range of 18-25. To call hime a young girl’s movement ignores the sheer cost of maintaining hime looks.

Was in  my One*Spo fur sleeve dress and Liz Lisa back rose cami for the shopping trip.
A chubby cheeked Mitsu is a happy Mitsu.<3