By thomas | January 1, 2008
Happy New Year everybody. It’s the year of the rat! Thank goodness I know how to buy cheese in Japan.
New Years is a special time in Japan. I’m not talking about eating osechi, visiting the shrine for hatsumode or getting a week off from work. I’m talking about fukubukuro!!
Fukubukuro (福袋) means something like “lucky bag”. At the beginning of the year, stores in Japan want to get rid of all the stuff they didn’t sell last year. So what do they do? They put them in bags, seal them tight and sell them for cheap. Go to any store – clothing stores, department stores, grocery stores, it doesn’t matter where – and they are likely to have these bags. And did I mention they are bargains? Last year my wife went to Dear Princess and bought two fukubukuro bags for an ichiman each. Inside each bag were yonman-en (40,000 yen) worth of clothes. That’s a savings of 60,000 yen! If you don’t mind wearing last year’s styles, this is an amazing deal.
The catch is that you can’t look at what you are buying. The fukubukuro bags are sealed tight and you can’t peek in. Don’t fret though. Clothing stores will put like sizes together in bags, so you don’t have to worry about getting clothes that won’t fit you.
Travel agencies also have incredible deals during the New Year, so if you are planning to travel abroad, now is a good time to look into it.
Fukubukuro bags only last as long as a store has back stock, so run to the store as fast as you can. The first week of January is the time to get them.
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