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Hello to all our friends around the world!
Today, we here at BOOK OFF would like to share some news that we’ve been eagerly waiting for!
As you all know, Japan suspended the acceptance of foreign tourists for over two years due to the spread of COVID-19. Looking at the comments on our posts, we found that many of you want to go to Japan but aren’t able to.
It was also the same for us BOOK OFF staff who had welcomed many tourists from overseas before the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the midst of all this, we finally received news earlier this month that the Japanese government is considering allowing some foreign tourists to visit Japan in May. On May 17, Japan began allowing foreign tourists from some countries to visit and now, up to 10,000 people are allowed to enter Japan every day.
That’s why today we would like to introduce our BOOK OFF website to all of you who are now preparing for your trip to Japan, which is sure to happen in the near future!
In addition to the items that we have introduced on this page, our website also has customer testimonials and a list of our stores throughout Japan（https://www.bookoff.co.jp/inbound/）that you can check.
Be sure to bookmark our page and check if there’s a BOOK OFF near where you will be staying in Japan!
All of our staff is thrilled and pleased when we think that we will soon be able to meet everyone at our stores. Hope to see you soon!
Hello to everyone around the globe!
How are you all doing?
In a flash, it’s already May! As we shared in our previous post, April marks the start of the new fiscal year in Japan. While new employees and new students start to get used to their new lives around this time, a seasonal illness called the May Blues also begins to spread, This illness causes employees and students to lose motivation due to the lack of excitement in their daily lives and spend their days in a daze.
Nonetheless, children, especially boys, have always looked forward to the month of May.
That’s because on May 5 they get to celebrate Children’s Day, a national holiday where children are the star and are able to buy their favorite toys!
Even for us adults, isn’t it exciting to hear that once a year, on top of our birthdays and Christmas, we get to buy the toys we love?
Originally, Children’s Day was called Tango-no-Sekku, a day to celebrate the growth of boys. The Koinobori carp streamers that are flown in the sky and the May dolls that are displayed on this day are also famous worldwide.
Toys are an essential item for Children’s Day and as we shared several times before, here at BOOK OFF we carry a large variety of toys.
As we explained above, boys are the main star on Children’s Day so sentai (squadron) toys, goods and figures from tokusatsu (SFX) shows, and super alloy robots are very popular.
It is also common to see adults taking advantage of this day to buy the toys they love, such as plastic models and model trains as a reward for themselves.
In the end, men can never forget their boyish heart after all!
Here at BOOK OFF you can not only find these items at surprisingly low prices; all the toys are clean and well-maintained! You may even score some vintage items that are already discontinued and are not available in toy stores that only feature the latest products.
This year, Children’s Day has already passed but please try visiting your local BOOK OFF to check out the wide range of products we carry!
Hello to all our friends around the world!
How have you all been?
Here in Japan, the arrival of spring and the cherry blossoms seem to have gone by in a flash. As the warm weather continues, we have had more days nearly as hot as summer.
Before we introduce some more products that we carry at BOOK OFF, we would like to tell you about a store that has recently reopened.
The “BOOK OFF SUPER BAZAAR Cainz Mall Nagoya Minato store” in the Nagoya area reopened on April 16th.
If you are coming by train, the store is located about 17 minutes from Nagoya station. If you are coming by car on the other hand, the store has over 1,500 parking spaces available for customers.
The store’s standout feature is its outdoor and sporting goods department, one of the best among BOOK OFF stores. That’s right! Here at BOOK OFF, we also sell many kinds of outdoor sports equipment for camping, fishing, waterside summer sports, and even winter sports!
During this time of the year, Japan celebrates a long holiday called Golden Week.
We bet many of our foreign residents in Japan have plans for trips during the holiday.
Since Golden Week starts on April 29th or “Showa Day”, the number of days for the holiday varies each year. This year, those who can take a full leave will have ten consecutive days off, enough time to enjoy fishing and camping!
As you already know, all the items we handle at BOOK OFF are cleaned and maintained.
This means that they can be used as-is after you purchase them before your trip.
What’s more, to commemorate its reopening the BOOKOFF SUPER BAZAAR Cainz Mall Nagoya Minato store is currently holding a campaign to increase the purchase appraisal value of outdoor goods by 20% until May 8th. With this campaign, new products are being stocked daily in addition to products that are already available!
Please do drop by a BOOK OFF store near you before you go on your Golden Week trip!
See you again in our next post!
Hello to all our friends around the world!
The long and harsh winter here in Japan has ended and we’re finally welcoming the warm spring season with its comfortable temperatures!
Here in Japan, one of the most famous traditions during spring is the Sakura or cherry blossoms! There have been announcements of cherry blossoms starting to bloom in the Tohoku region, and the blooming period is currently moving north towards Hokkaido, where the Sakura are expected to bloom by around April 20.
That’s right. Although “cherry blossoms”, is one of the most famous flower Japan has to offer to the rest of the world, they don’t all start blooming at the same time in April throughout Japan. Usually, there are announcements of cherry blossoms starting to bloom around the third week of March in the southernmost region of Okinawa, and then the blooming moves north with each passing day. Cherry blossoms are also short-lived flowers, since by the time it is full bloom in Hokkaido and Tohoku, the cherry blossoms have already fallen in Kyushu and western Japan.
Did you know that we have another tradition during spring besides cherry blossoms? In Japan, spring is considered as the beginning of a new fiscal year. It is the season when new first-year students celebrate their school entrance ceremonies and newly-hired employees have their welcoming ceremonies at their companies.
The start of a new fiscal year varies depending on the country, but the reason why April was selected as the start for Japan dates back to the Meiji era. At the time, the main source of tax revenue was the rice sold by farmers and they took into consideration the time needed to harvest the rice in autumn and then sell it, In addition to that, Japan chose to match the start of its fiscal year with that of the United Kingdom, considered back then to be the most powerful economy in the world.
You know what they say, a new year means a new life!
Some people may be leaving their hometowns to start living on their own for school or for work, while some may be relocating because of job or other reasons. As we’ve shared in our previous posts, we at BOOK OFF can help you buy the items you still need and dispose of the things you might not need anymore.
From tableware to home appliances, we at BOOK OFF purchase the things that you no longer need and after performing some maintenance, offer these items to those who need them at affordable prices!
Even if you aren’t starting a new life, spring is the season when we have full inventory of various items, so please check out a BOOK OFF near you!
To all our friends around the world, how are you all doing?
Here in Japan, the long winter is finally ending, and it’s starting to feel like spring with the warmer temperature.
On the other hand, we heard that some countries in Southeast Asia, like the Philippines, are entering the summer season, with some days so hot the apparent temperature can go beyond 50°Celsius.
Today we would like to share more product genres we carry at BOOK OFF. This time we are featuring “cameras”, which have quickly regained popularity as a hobby you can enjoy by yourself following the COVID-19 pandemic.
As you all know, Japan is the home of world-renowned camera manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Fujifilm. With this incredible line-up of camera brands available locally, it feels like cameras have long been a popular hobby in Japan compared to the rest of the world. But actually, before the pandemic, cameras were one of the top products purchased by foreign tourists visiting Japan.
As we mentioned earlier, many people have taken up cameras as a hobby in light of the pandemic. Currently, the market for both new and secondhand cameras is very active.
When it comes to cameras, the DSLR cameras tend to be very expensive if you buy a brand new one, right? On top of that, you may want to buy a new lens or upgrade to a higher-end model once you get used to using your camera. Needless to say, it can be quite an expensive hobby.
During these times, BOOK OFF will help you out!
BOOK OFF boasts a wide selection of digital SLR cameras, casual digital cameras and even Polaroid cameras that can be used by anyone and outdoor cameras like GoPro.
All our products have been maintained and tested, so you can start clicking away right after buying your camera. Spring isn’t only the best time to go out; it is also the season when the world-famous Sakura trees bloom in Japan. How about picking up a camera at BOOK OFF and looking at the Sakura through your viewfinder this year?
*Product selection varies according to the store and time of year.
To all our friends around the world, how are you all doing?
The situation in Europe continues to be uncertain.
The countries currently experiencing turmoil are not that far from Japan, so we too spend our days feeling a bit anxious.
Today, we would like to introduce the "kimono". It is no exaggeration to say that the kimono embodies Japanese culture.
The kimono has been worn by Japanese people for centuries and is familiar to people across the world, along with words like "samurai" and "ninja".
Nowadays, the opportunities to wear kimono are becoming limited to during events like New Year's Day, coming-of-age ceremonies, Japanese ceremonial weddings, and funerals, Even so, the kimono will always remain in the hearts of the Japanese people and we still feel a sense of being enveloped tightly whenever we put our arms through a "haori".
Did you know that kimonos are classified into different types according to the time, place and occasion you wear them in?
For example, the kimono worn during formal occasions is called “haori and hakama” for men, and “furisode” for women. This type of kimono is worn at coming-of-age ceremonies and weddings.
We also have the “yukata”, which can be worn during summer festivals and other traditional summer events in Japan. This is also, of course, another kind of kimono.
However, kimonos can be expensive, with the average price ranging from JPY300,000 to JPY400,000. At this price, it would be difficult to get a chance to try one on even if you wanted to.
That’s where BOOK OFF comes in handy!
It’s not an overstatement to say that our motto here at BOOK OFF is “great things at affordable prices”. Of course, we also carry kimonos with prices starting from just a few thousand yen!
As you all know, it will be cherry blossom season soon. Isn’t it exciting to imagine walking under the rows of cherry blossom trees while dressed in a beautiful kimono? We invite you to please check out the kimono selection at a BOOK OFF near you!
To all our friends across the world, how are you all doing?
We're still experiencing the winter chill here in Japan.
We heard that many countries are easing their COVID-19 restrictions; how about your country?
We would love to hear about your current situation in the comments section!
Today, we would like to feature some of the unexpected products we carry here at BOOK OFF.
What comes to your mind when you think of products which were already widely used before the COVID-19 pandemic but rapidly increased in demand since the pandemic?
Comfy chairs and worktables might come to mind because of remote work and online classes, but don't you think smartphones and tablets are the most in-demand products?
It's not an exaggeration to say that the king of smartphones is the iPhone. With the recent release of the latest iPhone model, the iPhone 13, customers have come to BOOK OFF to sell their iPhone 11 and 12 after quickly upgrading to the newest model. BOOK OFF stores nationwide are well-stocked with these models!
Of course, we carry Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy series and Huawei models as well as tablets.
Same with the other products we carry, the benefit of purchasing smartphones and tablets at BOOK OFF is that they have all been inspected and cleaned.
And since you can pick up and check the item at our stores before purchasing it, you can make sure that your expectations of an item are met.
If you’re thinking of replacing your device or buying a new one, we hope you can take this chance to check out your local BOOK OFF!
Hello to all our friends across the globe!
Here in Japan, the days continue to be cold, and we even see snowfall in the Kanto region.
Amidst this cold weather, we’ve been getting some hot news about the Beijing Winter Olympics and other sports events!
We get a lot of visitors from the Philippines, so we at BOOK OFF were especially excited to hear the news that the Philippine women’s soccer team qualified for FIFA World Cup for the first time in its history!
Today, we would like to introduce hobby-related collectibles. Collectibles have become a great hobby for adults, comparable even to sports.
As we’ve shared in our past posts, BOOK OFF also focuses on handling figures, anime goods and other collectibles.
Currently, we have about 400 stores nationwide that carry collectibles. That’s about half of all the BOOK OFF stores!
Aside from figures from popular anime like One Piece, Dragon Ball and Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer), we also have rubber straps, pins, and all sorts of goods. We’re able to offer such a wide selection of collectibles thanks to BOOK OFF’s extensive purchase routes.
Of course, we don’t just carry anime-related goods! We also have miniature cars from signature brands Tomica and Hot Wheels, plus plastic military models and railway models for hardcore enthusiasts!
We also have a variety of trading cards like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering, which were popular years ago and are sold at surprisingly high prices today.
For those interested, please make sure to check out a BOOK OFF store near you!
Hello to all our friends around the globe!
Time flies, and this is already our second post for 2022!
In today’s post, we would like to introduce you to “otoshidama”, a unique Japanese custom during New Year’s.
Some of you who have been living in Japan for a long time may already know about this, but it is customary in Japan to visit relatives and close friends to greet them for the New Year. During these visits, small amounts of money (“otoshidama”) are given to the children of the families. Grandparents also give these out to their grandchildren.
Although you only receive a small amount from each person, once you add it all together it becomes quite big. That’s why Japanese children look forward to this as much as they look forward to their own birthdays!
When I was a child, I remember looking forward to the New Year excitedly, wondering how much money I would receive and what I could buy with it.
There are various theories about how this custom started, but these are the three main ones. The first theory is that “otoshidama” originated from the round-shaped rice cakes that were offered to “Toshigami-sama” (the god of harvest). The second theory is that the spirit of “Toshigami-sama” dwells in “kagami-mochi”, a round-shaped rice cake. Over the years, this “Toshigami-sama no tamashii” changed to “otoshidama”. The third theory is that the first gift of the year was originally called “tosh*tama”, which then changed to become “otoshidama”.
It seems that children commonly use their “otoshidama” to buy toys and games. Since we carry many of these items here at BOOK OFF, during this time of the year we often see families coming to our stores with their children to happily select and purchase items.
While some parts of the world may think it’s a little extravagant to gift children with money, there is also a similar custom in the Philippines and Vietnam called “ang pao”, which originated in China, as well as one in India called “Diwali”.
Do you have any unique New Year’s customs in your country, or maybe something similar to “otoshidama”?
We would love to hear from you, so let us know in the comments section!
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