Clever design enables you to transform from serious skilled to hardcore fan in seconds flat.
The overwhelming majority of individuals in Japan commute by train, so when you’re heading to work, you’re going to want a bag for anything you should take with you or pick up on the way in which home. Since your work bag is effectively a part of your corporation attire, most individuals want something with a mature and understated design, as low-key looks are the norm in skilled settings in Japan. So, for instance, the shoulder bags seen above would all be sensible selections, as would these backpacks.
But what if, after ending your humdrum shift at work, you’ve got something really vital to do, like attending an anime fan event or idol singer meet-and-greet session? Proper otaku etiquette dictates that for such occasions, you ought to be carrying a bag decked out with pins, plushies, and other symbols of your devoted support to your favorite character or performer. Anything less could be unseemly, but what when you don’t have time to move back home and pick up your special otaku bag before the event starts?
Then the baggage shown listed here are an especially sensible selection, because they’re designed to be utilized in each workplace and fan space environments.
▼ Work time…
▼ Otaku time!
Manufacturer Elecom’s Oshigoto Bags (a pun on the Japanese words oshi, “favorite character/idol,” and shigoto, “work”) look easy enough from the surface while of their work-mode forms, but there’s a clever trick on the within. Open up the zipper at the highest, and also you’ll immediately see three separate compartments inside, with a big central cavity sandwiched by two clear plastic sections.
Since considered one of those clear sections is connected to the flap you’ve unzipped, you’ll be able to keep bending it down, and when you then attach it to the underside of the bag, presto! The clear sections at the moment are each on the periphery of the bag, allowing you to display the otaku items you’ve placed within them.
The shoulder bag works in the identical way.
There are all forms of functional details too, like extra cushioning to maintain your laptop secure (the backpack will fit models with as much as 15.6-inch screens)…
…and the fabric side of the clear sections even have a mesh backing, so you could attach pins without having to puncture the material.
The Oshigoto shoulder bag is priced at 4,280 yen (US$37) and the backpack at 5,980, and each could be ordered through Elecom’s online store (black and grey shoulder bags here and here, black and grey backpacks here and here). Just make certain to double check if your organization offers an Oshi Vacation System when you’re planning to blow off work entirely.