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Tokyo's Lucky Bag

Posted: Jan. 15th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Fukubukuro shoppers

Just after New Year's in Japan is Fukubukuro or "Lucky Bag". The tradition features clothing shops all over Tokyo offering out mystery bags with a massive discount on the contents. You may not like what you get, but you would have saved a lot of money while having a great time. This sounds like a spectacular holiday tradition.

It??s the start of a new year. This means many things to many people, but to those of us in Tokyo it means one thing above all else ¨C Fukubukuro! In the Japanese Fukubukuro (literally ?°lucky bag?±) tradition, the first few days of the new year are a time when you can buy all sorts of goods for much much cheaper than their retail value. The catch? You have no idea what you??re buying. Does that matter to most people? No way ¨C it??s cheap and it??s fun. Let the shopping begin! This year, our coverage begins in Shibuya ¨C during the early hours of Shibuya 109?äs famous Fukubukuro madness!


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