To celebrate new years. In Japan, stores offer lucky bags. Lucky bags are sealed bags with merchandise from the store for sale at a discounted price. Usually the minimum you get is 3-4x the value of the bag inside. So if the bag costs 1000Y, then you will likely get 3-4000Y of stuff inside. If it costs 10000Y, then you can expect 30-40000Y of products inside, often more!
Little stores do this as well as big department stores. Originally they really were random, but now clothing stores mark the clothing sizes on the outside (still be worth checking to see if you are small medium or large by trying something on in the shop. By UK sizes I am medium but in Japan I am verging on X Large).
I bought 3 lucky bags, first from a chocolatier:
I also picked up this box on my trip home from Tokyo on a bus at a service station. Yes even service stations do lucky bags!
Inside that box was mostly snacks, and some strange card thing, this cost me 500Y. Lastly I got a lucky bag from some store called ‘Gamerz’ which I can barely explain what they sell, but it is manga based stuff from what I can work out.
This 2000Y bag had nothing in that I recognise and mostly school girl pictures. But was packed from a large calendar textile poster (although only to April this year not December) to a metal button/badge (yep). All the items had the price tags on, which all added up to over 14000Y, that’s over 7x the value of what I paid! Admittedly I wouldn’t have bought this stuff otherwise, but still I can see the appeal, especially in a culture where things are usually so highly priced. I’ve listed the items below to give you an idea on the prices and what you can get.
700Y – Mascot keyring
525Y – Fan
6300Y – Material calendar poster
200y – Badge/medal
630Y – Metal keyring
525Y – Clear plastic poster thing
630Y – Plastic files x2
500Y – Two bits of printed paper in a cardboard package
315Y – Clear sheet with print on
3150Y – Book which seems to progressively get pornographic
1575y – Long posters x7
Have you bought a lucky bag in Japan or elsewhere? What did you get in it?