Fukubukuro (福袋 lucky bag, mystery bag) is a Japanese New Year’s Day custom where merchants make grab bags filled with unknown random contents and sell them for a substantial discount, usually 50% or more off the list price of the items contained within.
When we were living in Tokyo, I wasn’t crazy about these bags but I recalled fondly the Man bringing one of these lucky bags filled with nuts that he purchased for a steal. Over the New Year period, we hit the stores in search of discounts and to also try our luck in scoring one of these 福袋.
I think we did pretty well, the Man scored a Fukubukuro that was filled with a rose-wood chopping board, a Japanese sashimi knife, a pair of scissors, 2 tea-towels and a knife sharpener for under ¥5000. He was thrilled with the buy. We found some really good deals with lucky bags filled with Le Creuset products for about ¥10000. So tempted to bring them home but the Man felt that it would be too heavy to lug back. Arh well. 😦
As for me, I happened to purchase some products for a friend at Koh Gen Do and jumped on the bandwagon for this lucky bag that I spied on the shelves which had some of the items that I had wanted to try.
Can’t wait to put these products to good use now that I’ve scored them on a good deal! 🙂
If you are ever in Japan during the New Year, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for these lucky bags. Who knows what you may walk home with.