|Japan is experiencing "bakugai", a new word for "explosive buying"|
And so the word of the year in Japan is "bakugai", which means "explosive buying".
During Golden Week, usually the first week of October last year, around 400,000 tourists from China descended on Japan and spent HK$6.3 billion ($8.13 million) in seven days.
That's A LOT of stuff.
|Chinese consumers like to snap up rice cookers from Japan|
It can be anything from clothes, food, cosmetics and even toiletries.
The Japan National Tourist Agency has found 63 percent buy perfume and cosmetics, 55 percent on food, spirits and cigarettes, and 52 percent bought over-the-counter medicines and toiletries.
Some 37 percent buy electronic appliances like rice cookers and high-tech toilet seats, the most popular items to purchase.
Whenever my uncle goes to Japan, he has to buy a certain brand of toothpaste that is good for sensitive teeth. "Isn't Sensodyne OK?" I asked. Apparently not...
|Cosmetics and toiletries are popular items the Chinese buy|
While my uncle hasn't quite explained to me why this Japanese toothpaste is so much more superior, the cache of buying it overseas makes it sound like a must-have product.
I'll just stick to my Sensodyne thanks...
In the meantime Hong Kong should adopt "bakugai" in its vocabulary too! Or are we past that phase now?