Monday, January 11, 2016

Japanese Lucky Bags - Fukubukuro

New Years has got to be the best time to visit Japan.  Especially if you are a shopper, like myself and my two daughters.  There is a tradition in Japan called Fukubukuro otherwise known as lucky bags. At the beginning of each new year,  retailers all over Japan create mystery grab bags of items from their store or line that are valued at 40% more than they are priced.  These bags are available from just about everywhere... clothing stores, fast food places, anime shops, Apple, Starbucks, McDonalds.... you get the point. Prices vary from $10 to several hundred dollars.  Many times the stuff is limited edition and you wouldn't be able to get at other times of the year. The idea is that you could get lucky with what you get in your bag.  Let me tell you, these bags don't disappoint.

I would love to get to shop for lucky bags in Japan. Of course, I'd love to visit Japan regardless for many other reasons...  It reminds me of the excitement my girls have when they open blind boxes.  I find blind boxes to be really expensive and disappointing in the US but they love them anyway.  Collectors they are.  Their favorites are: Minecraft Mysteries, My Little Pony, and Five Nights at Freddys.  I'm sure there are others but many that they want to try aren't sold in the US.  Again... another reason I should be getting my shop going. 

I guess the other thing we have similar would be the subscription boxes that have come out the last couple of years like Lootcrate and Nerdblock.

I have watched several Lucky Bag openings now on YouTube and admit... I'm jealous.  I would gladly trade Black Friday for Fukubukuro any day.

Here are some of my favorites from Sharla in Japan (a channel my girls and I watch regularly).  And if you are looking for a Lucky Bag online,,, Ebay has some but they usually show you the contents :(  RocketNews24 also is revealing contents of Lucky Bags as well.

JBox is doing a few different bags that you can order online but the shipping from Japan isn't cheap.

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