Are you ready for your new Japanese vocabulary word of the day? Here it is…
What is its meaning? Well, let’s break it down… bukuro is a large bag. In this case, a large blue bag. Why would you be carrying a large blue bag in Japan? Possibly to not be hazukashii (embarrassed) by the goods that you picked up from the latest Comiket.
That’s right, it’s Comiket season once again and fans all over Japan are excited to get to attend the event in person (the event wasn’t held last year due to obvious reasons) and pick up the latest and greatest otaku goods on December 30th and 31st, 2021. Unfortunately, this leads to another problem. You see, being that most of the goods being sold at Comiket are unofficial doujinshi and posters, some of which contain adult material, it can be a little daunting to take the train home after the event with your adult goods on full display inside clear shopping bags.
Luckily for Comiket attendees, Lashinbang (a leading chain of second-hand anime goods in Japan) knows all too well what this walk of shame feels like so that’s why they’re handing out free hazukashikunaibukuro to anyone who stops by their booth during the event (while supplies last). For those of you who will brave the winter cold and throngs of people, they’ll be in booth 251 if you want to get one for yourself.
— らしんばん@中古買取販売 (@lashin_main) December 24, 2021
What’s cool about these bags is that they are large enough to store even posters, so there’s no need to fold up your goods on the way home!
As was pointed out in the original report, however, carrying a large blue bag with the kanji for “Anti-Embarrassment Bag” printed on the side of it might raise a few eyebrows from those who are wondering what the person is carrying that they need to be embarrassed about it. But really though, in my opinion, it’s none of their business what goods you pick up at Comiket so long as you had a good time doing it.