I had been tracking news for Liz Lisa's 2015 fukubukuro for this post so I knew the different types that would be offered, and before the release, I thought I was going to go with the 15,000yen or 20,000yen option. But upon seeing the tote and mini trunk design, I wasn't sold on it just based on how those bags looked, so I decided to go with my gut and get the fuku with what I considered to be the best "bag" for myself. [I had already also pre-ordered the Swankiss Angel Bag fukubukuro at this point, so I'm really not sure why I let myself order the most expensive (online) option though lol.]
2013 premium trunk carry (believe me, I know), but how does that make it terrible? I know a lot of people who were so interested in getting my 2013 trunk that they "would give up a kidney" which is an obvious exaggeration, but making my point. Offering a similar trunk with the improvement of the super cute embossed ribbon rose print gave people who missed out in 2013 the opportunity to own a pink trunk! (Last year they didn't even offer a pink trunk that was available online so it's not that repetitive imo.) I hope to do another trunk comparison post (similar to last year's) so I'm not going to go in depth about the trunk design in this post. Instead, I'm going to focus on the contents!
Cropped double-breasted coat -
Wide stripe fold down collar knit OP -
|can also be worn as a top!|
Printed fitted knit skirt -
Lightweight "denim" jacket -
Floral make-up case -
I think the good thing about the items in this fukubukuro I received is that a number of these items could fit a wide range of sizes - especially the knits and the outerwear. The skirt might have a slightly narrower audience but since it's entirely knit, it can actually stretch a fair amount so that's less limiting than many other bottoms. I also like that I received a fairly even color palate. The "denim" jacket sticks out a bit but that color can really match with most things imo and is great for toning down an outfit for a more casual event. I really enjoyed trying on items that I never would have thought to purchase from past seasons.
Unboxing and coordinates video -
Shipping and customs notes (including for future reference but it's a pretty dry read so feel free to skip) -
There was a lot of hubbub this year because of the message/status customers were getting for their fuku from Sagawa (tracking between TKL and Tenso) that basically translated into something like "contact us by email for more info", but it didn't seem to be indicative of anything wrong. Customers were just panicking because Tenso wasn't processing at their usual pace because they were taking a holiday break (as announced on their home page) which is understandable as New Year's in a big holiday in Japan.
TKL shipped my fuku on 12/29. Tenso processed it on 1/5, and it was sent to the Tokyo post office on 1/6. I chose to ship with SAL because my past few orders via SAL arrived within 8-9 days. This time, it took around 19 days to be delivered to my house. It didn't leave Japan until 1/13. It arrived in Hawaii the same day, 1/13, (because of the time difference) and was sent to customs where it enjoyed a comfy stay. On 1/22, I received a notice from customs (dated 1/16) saying I needed to provide an invoice (in English) to show proof of value.
It only took forever to arrive with this extraordinary delay. I had a smaller package that shipped with SAL after this one that arrived at my house over a week sooner :| I was not as lazy at writing this post as it seems lol, I promise.
I know a lot of customers had complaints about Liz Lisa's fukubukuro offerings for 2015. I don't want to get into addressing them all (frankly it would just be a waste of time and I'd just end up irritating myself by thinking about it too much), but I think I just want to say that I don't understand why people were thought that their assumptions would be or should be fact. Just because something has happened in past years doesn't mean any company is obligated to continue doing the same things over and over again. I don't know what made Liz Lisa make what seems to be quite a big change from 2013 and 2014 to 2015 - price, content items, type of bag, design of bags, number of items per, quality of content, etc were all different - but I feel like fukubukuro are ALWAYS a gamble and never a guarantee. If you agree to pay for your item by completing the check out process, you shouldn't be a brat and refuse to pay for it upon delivery just because you assumed wrong about what would be included when nothing was ever promised. Yes, I do understand being disappointed - I'm not saying you're not allowed to feel any sort of emotion over thinking you'd get something but receiving something else. But I mean, I always had the non-unrealistic idea of receiving outlet or "unsellable" items in any fukubukuro in the back of my mind since that's primarily what fukubukuro are/were meant to be when they were first created. That may not have been what Liz Lisa has done over however-many-super-impressive-years you were a customer, but that doesn't mean change cannot happen and I'm sure that's abundantly clear now if it wasn't before.
As a small reminder (and I'm sure those of you who actually read my posts are tired of reading these blurbs, but I am constantly getting blamed for not warning people of this, so here I go again) - I am extremely uncomfortable with my personal photos being used for the profit of others especially without a simple source link. In general, I would prefer for my photos not to be reposted without my permission at all, but if you feel the extreme need to do so, I simply ask that you just include a simple link back to my original post. Regardless of whether I watermark every single photo, I do still own the copyright to these pictures and you finding them on Google Image does not mean I do not own them anymore?? (There has been some confusion on that front apparently. And to be clear, Google does even warn you when you click on a photo that the image may be subject to copyright, and Google does not sever the photos from their original pages, so it's easy to find their source if you choose.) I do not blog and post these photos so that others can sell their products that are not associated with me in the slightest. And the response I get when I just ask for my photos to be sourced really discourages me from sharing and continuing to blog. I mean this in the least aggressive way possible, but I'm not just going to throw 80 smiley emojis in this to "soften the tone" because I am serious, and I honestly feel like you should be able to read a paragraph like this without emoticons and not be offended by its message.