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Japan Lucky Bag | by Danny Choo
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Japan Lucky Bag

At the begging of the year all over Japan, one can see a load of paper bags lines up in front of retail shops. All the bags are sealed so that you cant see whats inside. The bags are called Fukubukuro [福袋] and would be literally translated as "Bag of good fortune."


The idea is that some of the bags contain stuff valued at more than the price written on the bag. Many bags contain valuable goodies - but most contain stuff that the retail store could not get rid of - meaning you end up with bag/s of poo.


"Come and get your bags of poo!" would probably not attract many punters so "Bags filed with fortune await you!" brings in more business.


This first photo was taken outside an electronics store called Bic Camera. Some of the bags have one of the contents printed on them like "PS3 + other stuff" - the "other stuff" could be anything from a cloth to wipe the PS3, gloves for those who get sweaty hands while playing the PS3 or a 30 foot long extension cable.


Side question - what do you do when you are handed a game controller by a friend who had very sweaty hands?


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Taken on January 4, 2011