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I know that many of you have a favorite anime or manga character that you enjoy and appreciate, and you use several methods to express your admiration for them, such as buying posters that depict them or spending time to practice drawing pictures of them. There is a recently introduced method that you can use to demonstrate your appreciation of this character. This is known as an ita-bag (itabag). If you have visited Japan, it is likely that you saw people there with bags covered with numerous badges, particularly in areas such as Ikebukuro and Akihabara.
I will be telling you about ita-bags, a necessary and customizable accessory for any admirer of anime and manga culture!
Ita-bags are a kind of bag that does not have the same appearance as a bag. Its surface is actually full of keychains, photos, badges, or other items that depict your favorite character! These bags tend to look strange or unusual, which is how they got their name!
In Japanese, it is spelled as 痛バッグ, in which 痛 is ‘pain’ and バッグ is bag, otherwise known as ‘painful bag! These bags do not cause their owners physical pain. However, to those unfamiliar with anime and manga culture, these bags may seem slightly strange or confusing.
Ita-bags tend to have a see-through window or additional plastic coating, which can ensure that its contents will be protected from being broken. They are extremely popular, and stores such as Animate, WEGO, and Swimmer have begun to make bags available that are intentionally designed as ita-bags.
You can attach all kinds of things to an ita-bag, as there can be one or many of them! There are no limitations to the number of things that can be attached. I also recommend you to attend an anime convention so you can have a first-hand look at the wide variety of shapes and sizes of these bags.
I recommend you to buy them online or inquire on websites such as Twitter, and the most popular method is exchanging them with other admirers of these bags. Attendees at anime conventions and related events meet together and exchange items like bags and pins or patches. Numerous people are willing to purchase a large quantity of an item featuring a particular character, and a lot of them are very enthusiastic about collecting them. You can also sell the items with characters who you do not like as much, and enthusiastic admirers are also willing to exchange for items that you prefer.
Assembling your own ita-bag that you can enjoy using is very time- and labor-intensive. However, this process is ultimately worthwhile because it is based on your own effort. That is the important part, isn’t it?
Yes, it weighs quite a lot. It truly weighs a lot, which is something I cannot emphasize enough.
Ita-bags tend to weigh a few kilograms, and can exert some stress on your shoulders. It may seem trite, but the majority of admirers of anime are willing to deal with the extra weight. It represents your passion for and commitment to your hobby.
This additional layer is intended to ensure that the items you attach to the ita-bag are not damaged, while also preventing them from attaching to other people or their belongings at large events such as anime conventions.
This element was not originally part of the ita-bag, but was essential once there were issues with it not being added to the bag. It was initially challenging to locate transparent bags with correct sizes, but the majority of ita-bags currently on the market include this plastic layer.
These bags are similar to those from WEGO and have transparent heart-shaped panels or an interior My Melody design. Our name for them is aitata-bags because aitata means ‘ouch’ in Japanese, which we think is very cute.
Other items we sell are known as ita-trunk and ita-suitcases, which are larger versions of ita-bags on which admirers add images of the characters they like, as well as badges or additional layers. These items more closely resemble the badges and pins used by music admirers.
These help you to continually share your love of your most well-liked character with others!
The items may not cost more than a several hundred yen per unit. However, when many of them are connected to a single bag, it tends to require spending a large amount of money. A possibility is that some items are regarded as highly desirable for people to purchase in auctions, which requires spending even more money. In addition, the overall cost of some ita-bags exceeds that of luxury handbags.
As explained before, it requires a lot of passion for and commitment to your hobby to effectively make your own ita-bags, and otaku regard them as very valuable. They are not simply ‘bags that have otaku items connected to them’! Make sure to take good care of your ita-bag!