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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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