Hazukashikunaibukuro hope to make the train ride home from Japan’s biggest otaku art gathering just a little less awkward.
Due to the pandemic, 2020 was the primary 12 months since Comiket’s initial 1975 iteration that Japan’s largest doujinshi (self-published manga) convention wasn’t held, and for some time it looked like 2021 was going to share that fate. There’s an otaku-pleasing buzzer beater coming this week, though, as Comiket 99 can be held on December 30 and 31, and it’s not only the thrill of an in-person event that has people completely happy.
Much of the merchandise sold at Comiket makes use of copyrighted characters, which firms within the anime industry routinely turn a blind eye to so long as the fan art is sold in limited local quantities. That typically precludes online sales, so Comiket returning can be the primary probability in a protracted time for fans to get their hands on depictions of their favorite characters by their favorite doujin artists. Nonetheless, the unofficial nature of doujin illustrations often leads to essentially the most coveted merch being of a decidedly risqué nature, and with most Comiket attendees leaving the venue by train, they face a difficult alternative: possibly offend other passengers who don’t share their taste in scantily clad anime character artwork, or put everlasting creases into their posters by folding them up and sticking them of their backpacks.
Neither one among those is a pretty option, but thankfully, there’s also a 3rd alternative.
— らしんばん@中古買取販売 (@lashin_main) December 24, 2021
Lashinbang, a nationwide chain of secondhand stores specializing in otaku-oriented figures, Blu-rays, and other items, can be at booth 251 at Comiket 99, they usually’ll be handing out hazukashikunaibukuro. What are they? They’re large blue bags (the bukuro part) that conceal what’s inside so that you just don’t should be hazukashii, or “embarrassed.” Mainly, these anti-embarrassment bags are large enough so you could slip a poster inside without having to fold or roll it, then put your arm through the shoulder strap and carry your treasure home in pristine condition, all without having to subject anyone else to your aesthetic preferences, or for you yourself to having to be subject to anyone’s disapproving glares.
▼ The bag’s opaque nature looks prefer it’ll make match for transporting a number of the huggy pillow covers and blankets Lashinbang itself can be selling at Comiket.
The luggage can be given out free of charge (yep, free – you don’t even have to present them any of your blood) while supplies last, and anime voice actress Riko Kohara (BanG Dream’s Rokka, Senran Kagura’s Gekko) may even be making an appearance at Lashinbang’s booth. Really, the one drawback is that by carrying a bag on the train with “anti-embarrassment bag” written on it in giant Japanese script might need some people speculating as to what type of scandalous items you could have inside, but at the least in that case, in the event that they consider something really depraved you may argue that they’re those with the dirty minds.