Saturday, February 7, 2009


For the second consecutive year, we spent 1st January shopping for fukubukuros 福袋, or prosperity bags.

Sold at a fixed price, these bags usually contain items that cost 2 to 3 times more. In other words, it's a catch for the consumer. But the real catch is, you are not allowed to open the bags until you have paid for them.

Nonetheless, the advantages buying these mystery (or do you call them surprise?) bags outweighed the disadvantages and so we cast the unknown aside and went ahead to buy 5 bags containing various items, from Japanese crockery to chocolates.

Unbelievable queues formed even before the department stores opened!