At every store or mall I go to there are huge banners promising 50% or more. Shoppers are everywhere, hunting for bargains.
After New Year’s is the shopping seasons when all the places do major discounts. This is the best time for shopping in Japan. The problem for me is that there is nothing I really want, except chocolate.
And dangit, Godiva is the one place not doing discounts.
After New Year’s Day all the Japanese stores do Lucky Bags or Fukubukro. This is part of “Hatsuuri” or the First Sale in Japan where you can buy a “Lucky Bag”.
The idea comes from that the god carries around a bag filled with luck.
There are a variety of items in the bag that are at discount. You have a chance of getting a really rare and high quality item. (Most of the time you get so-so stuff).
Getting a Lucky Bag at a popular store is difficult as shoppers wait for hours to get one. Recently, a lot of foreigners seem to be noticing more and more of this “Lucky Bag” phenomena.
Bags containing nothing but unwanted items are called “Misfortunate Bags”. Stores that have nothing of real value to offer will actually name their bags this and offer them at super low prices.
So that’s the background.
I’ve only once gotten a Fukubukuro and I’ll really didn’t care much for it. It’s not because the contents of the bag were bad, but it’s more of because I’m picky. I like very specific items. The problem for me with Lucky Bags is they don’t give exactly what I want.
I end up with things I don’t need and that clutter up the place.
I’d rather pay the higher price for the specific item I want than chance that I have a 20% of getting it in a Lucky Bag if I buy it at this story. Then again I never have enjoyed gambling, even when I dabbled into during a game of Texas Hold’Em with friends.
I just don’t see the point of spending $300 for a bag of high brand stuff that probably is filled with 50% of stuff I don’t want or need. Maybe I’m just weird?