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Japan is one of the most expensive countries.
As everyone in the world says, it’s true that Japan is one of the most expensive countries. However…do you know that sometimes you can get good stuff for free in Japan? Here’s how and where.
Sales promotion on the street
In Japan, we hand out advertisements or samples as part of sales promotion.
Tissue is the most common promotion tool in Japan. Normally, the advertisement is inside. Tissue is an item under the consumption tax, so it’s cool to get it for free!
“Uchiwa” is the Japanese word for paper fan. This will help you during the deadly hot Japanese summers! It’s fun to see how each company designs its fan.
Items you can get if you’re lucky
Sometimes if you are lucky, you can get a sample for free. For example, this is a kind of energy drink, “Ukon no Chikara” (“the power of tumeric”). This energy drink is quite popular among people who drink after work. If you drink this before you start drinking, you’ll have less of a hangover the next day.
This is a mint candy called Mintia.
In Japan, beautiful or cute girls are hired for street promotion sales in order to gain attention.
In many cases, the staff is cosplaying. For example, these girls are handing out uchiwa in yukata.
In a character costume
Sometimes staff put character costumes to amuse children. This is one way to hand out samples to the children’s parents.
Sometimes sexy girls are also hired as staff.
The dress they’re wearing in the photo is made for the promotion of Mintia.