We buy a kitchen gadget lucky bag that was so heavy we had to call for help to get it home

the “Otoshidama Dream Box” is a box worth taking home … if you can carry it.

It’s the season for shopping! Our reporters have been diligent in reporting on the 2022 fukubukuro lucky bags, and with fashion, food and collectibles already covered, the next logical step would be to find a lucky bag of household items. Our Japanese-speaking reporter Ikuna Kamezawa went to the electronic channel Yodobashi Camera with that goal in mind… and the lucky bags she bought there turned out to be more than she expected.

The lucky bag in question was called the Otoshidama Dream Box-where “otoshidama” is the Japanese word for the silver envelopes traditionally given out on New Years Day. The name sets quite a few expectations: on the one hand, that it is a box and not a bag (although that is not really important), and on the other hand, that it is full of precious treasures (like an otoshidama … since money is the most precious treasure). Finally, the noble claim to be “A Box of Dreams” makes it seem like there are actually things we would like to find there, which is not always the case with good luck bags.

Ikuna was delighted to see such a promising fukubukuro, and she was ready to claim two different kinds. But before she made a decision with her heart, sanity took over. There was no way she could bring the two boxes back to the office on her own.. But that didn’t mean she couldn’t buy them! She quickly called for reinforcements.

“Hello? Hey. Sorry… could you come to Shinjuku station now? Yeah… Yeah, the east exit!

In less than 15 minutes, a fellow journalist Takashi Harada arrived at the trot. Of all the staff, Takashi is the easiest person to ask a favor. Everyone in the office always asks him things… in a way, Ikuna said, it’s almost like a special talent that he has.

It makes us wonder if Takashi is feeling this himself. Nonetheless, he’s a really nice guy, so without complaining he started lugging the Otoshidama box around the streets of Shinjuku. Ikuna was more than grateful.

… But after about 300 meters (less than 1000 feet), Harada suddenly stopped.

“It’s really heavy …” he said.

So he tried to wear it another way.

Ikuna was impressed with his quick wit. It was a heavy load to carry with one hand, so tilting it so that he could carry it with two was a good idea.

But the process still required frequent breaks. The box was so big that it was almost difficult to see where Takashi ended and where the box started.

Although it usually only took 10 minutes to get from Shinjuku station to the office, by this point it had already taken 25 minutes.

Now you might be wondering, “Why didn’t Ikuna help?” »But Ikuna has been portion; she was carrying the smallest box. And of course, someone had to record the process. For journalism.

And even though he was exhausted from carrying the only box, Takashi always offered to carry the smaller box too. Which guy!

â–¼ Ikuna only let him wear it for the purposes of this photo, however.

The goal was near, but Takashi put the box down on a post for a final, brief break.


They finally made it!

So let’s see what was inside this “Kitchen Gadget Box of Dreams”, sold for 10,000 yen (US $ 86.71). Harada estimated from his weight that there must have been some sort of small refrigerator in it, but there were actually four things in there:

Aladdin’s graphite toaster …

The Yamazen Low Smoke Yakiniku Grill …

The Mini-Pot Siroca Cooking Kettle …

and Keen Masks!

Ikuna thought the indoor yakiniku grill was a great item. Even though she was unsure of her true ability to keep smoke to a minimum, she could appreciate an indoor grill that produces a decent amount of charcoal on meat without causing smoke. This particular product also seemed easy to clean, which is a bit rare with this kind of product.

Ikuna also loved the sleek and sleek retro look of the toaster, and the kettle / pot combination seemed like a very handy tool, especially since she had seen a growing number of similar products on the market lately.

In reality, Ikuna decided to use the mini-pot from the kitchen kettle to give Takashi a meal. as a thank you for bringing the box to the office for her. First, she boiled water in the pot …

Then she added Takashi’s favorite brand of instant noodles, Shin Ramen.

In fact, it looked like the pot was made for making Shin Ramen.

She added an egg and green onions …

I closed the lid and waited a minute …

And then the simmered and delicious spicy ramen was ready!

And now for the moment of truth. Takashi swallowed noodles …

“It’s okay! Anytime you need something, just call!”

As expected from the generous Takashi Harada.

By the way, the pot part of the mini-pot of the cooking kettle comes off, making it easy to wash. This would be a great article for the Nabe person craze that’s been going around lately. In fact, this Otoshidama Box of Dreams had a lot of great stuff in it, although for Ikuna, who had just bought a new toaster and griddle, it wasn’t as useful as it had. hoped for. But if you’ve been thinking about buying any of these items lately, then this fukubukuro is definitely a steal that meets all the expectations its name brings!

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