Blippo Kawaii Shop: Best Of The 2021 Tokyo Sale

Another year, another Blippo Kawaii Shop Tokyo Sale! The Tokyo Sale is an annual event at Blippo Kawaii Shop, where a select number of kawaii products are significantly discounted.

In recent months, Blippo’s selection has been dramatically expanding. They have stocked a bunch of new items from brands like San-X and Mindwave, and started carrying new brands like Gloomybear and Tokidoki.

As for the Tokyo Sale, Blippo has added many high-quality kawaii products to its sale section in honor of the occasion. You can find characters and brands like Sumikko Gurashi, Bonbonribbon, and Pote Usa Loppy among the stock.

I’ve curated a list of my favorite finds from the 2021 Tokyo Sale section to help you decide what to buy. Don’t forget to stock up — the Tokyo Sale ends soon!

Mameshiba San Kyodai Sakura Plushie Charm ($5)

Japan’s month-long sakura viewing season has come and gone, but it is not your last chance to get your hands on these limited-edition sakura shiba plushies! These cuties are wearing festival ornaments with motifs like sakura blossoms and Hanami dango, with a chain attached so you can carry them on your keys, backpack, or anywhere else that makes you happy.

Pote Usa Loppy Rope Handle Shoulder Bag ($21)

Want to carry your picnic or beach day items, library books, or farmer’s market groceries in kawaii style? Then you need this rope-handle shoulder bag featuring Pote Usa Loppy’s Shiloppy! Sturdy rope handles, a convenient pocket, and a magnetic closure make this bag a high-quality investment for your next daytime excursion.

Sumikko Gurashi Japanese Souvenir Socks ($5)

Blippo has added a wide variety of Japanese souvenir socks featuring Sumikko Gurashi characters to its Tokyo Sale lineup, including this pair including a kokeshi doll. The kokeshi doll is a popular souvenir in Tohoku, Japan! With these socks, you can travel the world without ever needing to leave your backyard. COVID-safe vacay, here we come.

Bonbonribbon Pencil Set ($3)

Whether you’re looking to sketch in your bullet journal or take an exam, these kawaii Bonbonribbon pencils will brighten up your day. You’ll get four hexagonal pencils with a cute design featuring Bonbonribbon and her bunny friends, as well as a selection of buttons. And, thanks to the Tokyo Sale, you can get them for as little as $3!

Sumikko Gurashi Multi-Color Pen ($3)

If you ever have trouble deciding which color pen to use, this Sumikko Gurashi-themed multi-color pen will solve your dilemma. This pen comes with a color for every mood. You can even switch it up mid-sentence if you’re feeling mischievous! The theme of these pens is “happy friends,” which perfectly describes the Sumikko gang in this design.

Colorful Princess Eraser Set ($3)

Get a taste of the royal treatment with this colorfully cute eraser set from Blippo! If you grew up in the early 2000s like I did, these Japanese puzzle erasers will bring you right back to your childhood (and taking apart and putting back together puzzle erasers to distract yourself in class). With designs like wands, tiaras, and gems, these erasers are perfect for embracing the magical girl inside of you.

Sumikko Gurashi Stickers with Gum ($3)

What could be cuter than these kawaii sticker and gum packages featuring the Sumikko Gurashi gang? The Tokyo Sale is rich with Sumikko Gurashi this year, and these tiny boxes full of goodies are no exception! Each pack comes with three pieces of stickers and one piece of gum. Chew some bubblegum while decorating to your heart’s content with these adorable Sumikko Gurashi stickers.

Four Lucky Bags (Fukubukuro) to Help You Ring in the New Year

In the United States, the New Year is a time for $1 gym memberships — but in Japan, it’s fukubukuro, or lucky bag, season.

With the exception of Tatcha’s free-with-$100-purchase lucky bags (which swept the beauty news circuit), this trend unfortunately hasn’t swept the U.S. yet the way some other Japanese fads have. If it were my choice, I would take the lucky bags over the diet culture any day!

Thankfully, you can still get fukubukuro in some select locations here in the U.S. Some of these fukubukuro are shipped from overseas, while others come from the States themselves. While the wait may be longer for those that are shipped internationally, it’s always worth it once you open up your lucky bag and see what’s inside.

These four fukubukuro will help you ring in the New Year with a kawaii surprise. Just make sure you grab one before it’s too late: fukubukuro are usually available for a limited time only!

Tips for Getting Fukubukuro in the United States

Because fukubukuro are a Japanese trend that hasn’t yet become widespread in the United States, you’ll need to do some digging in order to get your hands on authentic Japanese lucky bags. My best tips for getting fukubukuro in the United States are as follows:

  • Look at U.S.-based kawaii and Japanese pop culture stores first. Many of these stores have adopted the lucky bag trend, and you’ll pay less in shipping than if you get your fukubukuro from Japan.
  • Use a proxy service to order off of Amazon Japan or other places that sell fukubukuro. Proxy services like ZenMarket hire someone to buy Japan-only items for you. Then, they mail them to you at a lower shipping cost than if you were to purchase them yourself.
  • Search for prior years’ fukubukuro (or unwanted new fukubukuro) on sites like Poshmark and Mercari. Some people are getting rid of theirs at a far lower price point than what they retail for!
  • Expect to pay up to $200 for authentic Japanese lucky bags. The price typically depends on the size, but generally speaking, you’ll need to pay more for a Japanese lucky bag than for a lucky bag sold by a U.S. company. This is because lucky bags are highly coveted in Japan, and fukubukuro season can get competitive among consumers!

Four Lucky Bags That Ship to the United States

Sugoi Mart Lucky Bag

Run by the subscription box company Japan Crate, Sugoi Mart is a shop for getting Japan-only items. Much of their stock centers on Japanese food, which often comes in flavors we would consider wild here in the U.S. If you want to test your taste buds (and snag some kawaii bonus items in the process), grab yourself a Sugoi Mart Lucky Bag this January. They cost $50 and are guaranteed to contain double the value.

Blippo Surprise Kawaii Mixed Bag

Blippo Kawaii Shop sells both signature and character goods. Shipped from Singapore, the $22.50 lucky bag is guaranteed to contain a mix of home goods, stationery, plush, and more from their rich warehouse. You’ll get at least 15 adorable products when you buy a Blippo surprise bag. Because it’s such a steal, I just got my hands on one today. I can’t wait for it to get here so I can show you all what I got! (Note: while I’ve worked with Blippo in the past, I purchased the lucky bag with my own money; this is not a PR product.)

Tofu Cute Panda Mixed Lucky Bag

Tofu Cute is a U.K.-based kawaii shop that sells signature lucky bags stuffed with kawaii goodies. They have both vegetarian and carnivorous versions, since their bags contain a mixture of snacks and Amuse plush. You can also get a version of the lucky bag that contains Amuse plush only — perfect for the plushie hoarder in your life! The Tofu Cute lucky bag costs about 30 GBP, which comes out to about $40 when converted to USD.

JapanLA $40 Kids Surprise Lucky Bag

JapanLA is a Japanese pop culture store based in, you guessed it, Los Angeles, California! Their proximity to Japan makes it easy for them to get their hands on authentic Japanese merchandise. This $40 lucky bag says it’s for kids, but I take that to mean that it’s for the young at heart 🙂 What the bag really contains is an assortment of Hello Kitty items valued between $100 and $150, making it perfect for any Sanrio fans out there. If you’re feeling extra lucky, they also sell a $75 version, too.

10 Interesting DAISO Japan Products You Can Buy On Amazon

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Confession time: I desperately wish, more than anything, that I could go to DAISO Japan. If there wasn’t a global pandemic going on, I would seriously consider planning a trip to Japan just so I could bring home an enormous haul from DAISO.

If you have yet to be enlightened, then get ready for a life-changing experience, because DAISO Japan is going to blow your mind! DAISO puts American dollar stores to shame by offering high-quality home goods and stationery products, among other items. But best of all, you can find super unique and kawaii items you can’t find anywhere else.

DAISO does have an online store in the United States, but unfortunately you can only buy items there in bulk. As a household of two in a shoebox apartment, I definitely don’t need an abundance of kawaii stickers and home goods laying around (much to my dismay).

However, I recently discovered you can find a limited selection of items from DAISO on Amazon — and most of them are eligible for free Prime shipping. Given my exciting discovery, I thought I would take to my blog to share some of my latest DAISO finds with you all. I hope you find them as interesting and adorable as I do!

1. DAISO Gentle Children’s Sponge ($7)

Okay, so this kawaii panda sponge is supposedly for children, but I say do what you want. And I, a fully-grown adult woman, am a fan. Because everyone deserves an adorable way to exfoliate during the cold winter months!

2. DAISO Foaming Nets for Face Washing ($4)

Here is an interesting product I can honestly say that we don’t have an equivalent for here in the United States. These little nets house soap that suds when the net is run under water and squeezed. So, you can essentially carry face wash in your purse without worrying about getting everything wet. How clever is that?!

3. DAISO Separable Cutlery Set ($6)

If you’re looking for a way to cut down on plastic waste on-the-go, enter this separable cutlery set from DAISO. This handy little travel set comes with two handles and separate attachments for a spoon, fork, and chopsticks, meaning you don’t need to carry a bulky bag of utensils.

4. DAISO Hello Kitty Bag Hook ($9)

Ever worry about your purse getting stolen or dirty when you’re out to eat? Instead of leaving it on the floor or hanging on the back of your chair, get one of these kawaii table hooks from DAISO. Hello Kitty will protect your purse while you enjoy your meal in peace.

5. DAISO Compressed Towel ($7)

Something I learned from watching Marie’s Kawaii World on Youtube is that in Asia, they don’t offer paper towels in most restrooms. So, many people will carry a personal towel to use instead. How eco-friendly of them! These compressed towels are basically the adult version of those water-expanding washcloths you loved as a kid. To use, simply submerge it in water and watch it grow.

6. DAISO Bear-Shaped Measuring Tape ($10)

How cute is this pink bear-shaped measuring tape from DAISO? It even comes with a keychain for meeting your measuring needs on-the-go. Just make sure to brush up on the metric system before buying, since this measuring tape is in centimeters!

7. DAISO Perfect Pet Toothbrush ($8)

As a dog owner, I know firsthand that grooming can be a dangerous game. Once, I was literally sent to the emergency room when trying to clip my dog’s toenails. But that’s a tail (get it?) for another time! This toothbrush makes cleaning Fido’s teeth easier by slipping onto your finger, so your dog will feel more like they’re being pet than being groomed.

8. DAISO Turning Stapler ($7)

I first saw this product in one of Marie’s Kawaii World’s Japanese stationery hauls, and I was amazed that we don’t have anything like it (that I know of) in the U.S.! This product is a turning stapler, which lets you staple all those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies for your various crafting projects, such as creating booklets.

9. DAISO Sandwich Maker ($7)

This panda-shaped sandwich mold may not be the most practical item on the planet, but I still think it has a purpose: fun, of course! It’s the perfect tool for upleveling lunchtime. Turn your boring old sammie into a kawaii bento delight for yourself or your kids to bring to work or school.

10. DAISO Disposable Filter Bags ($6)

100pcs Disposable Filter Bags for Loose Tea

If you’re anything like my boyfriend, then you might be a bit of a tea snob! He likes to drink loose-leaf British tea whenever possible, which isn’t the most practical for making on-the-go. You can, of course, use an infuser — or, you could buy these disposable tea bags from DAISO, which can be filled with your favorite loose leaf tea. Now, instead of committing to a box of tea bags, you can bring a different flavor of loose leaf tea with you every day!