Whether you count fukubukuro “lucky bags” as a thank-you to shoppers, a scheme to unload less popular merchandise at the end of the year or just a way to kick off the New Year’s sales, buying a mystery pile of stuff worth [hopefully far] more than the price tag is a tempting offer to many. Plus, who knows, you might just be one of the really lucky ones:
Apple storeの福袋lucky bag!約24時間前くらいに並んで前から4番目を確保してたおかげでMacBook Airが当たりました！
— うっちー (@pqwpqwpqw) January 2, 2014
Translation: My Apple Store lucky bag! Thanks to being the fourth person in line about 24 hours ahead of time, I got a MacBook Air! It was a blizzard in Sapporo, so it was really rough to wait outside all that time, but I had fun! Anyhow, now I’m gonna rest! lol
Let’s see what other Twitter users’ lucky bag experiences were like…
My best friend said she bought a certain brand’s lucky bag and a mop was inside. I had her bring it over today and omg I laughed so hard lololol […]
I bought a natural gems lucky bag thinking a phone strap or something would be inside and it was an uncut amethyst lol
The MisuDo [Mister Donut] lucky bag is a super good deal!
For ¥1,050 you get ten donuts plus a blanket, a calendar and a little bag.
I found a Polaroid lucky bag and when I opened it, all this stuff was inside! The wolf cover is just too cute!
I’ll put it on and take a selfie later!
When I opened my accessory lucky bag (¥1,500) from Urban Research, this much stuff was inside! My cousin and I laughed so hard lololol
One person got a luckier bag than they imagined:
— 使ってない☝︎ (@love_volley4649) January 1, 2014
I got a backpack as a present! It was expensive so I have to take good care of it. When I opened it, something was inside! lolol I was so surprised! lolol I didn’t realize it was a lucky bag lol
Some people did not feel quite as lucky:
— 梨花 (@ExluvRika) January 2, 2014
I was looking forward to this lucky bag…
But when I opened it, I was just kinda like, “Oh…”
Every year I fail at lucky bags lol
— 寺沢貴有 (@merodia_) January 4, 2014
Omg lol. I opened my lucky bag and this thing came out! lolol
@pepep0i: I opened my lucky bag and clothes exactly like the ones I bought a few weeks ago were in it. Urgh.
When I opened it, there was a varsity jacket inside!
The left is from the lucky bag, on the right is what I had already. Chaos! lol
@_kasiwagi: I opened my lucky bag and it was clothes that I would usually think, “Ah, too cute! I can’t buy this!” So yeah, that’s what happened. I guess… I have no choice but to wear them?
@krclock0: When I opened my lucky bag, a dress like a witch would wear came out! My parents seem embarrassed for me, what should I do?!
— しョうへい (@syo0010) January 2, 2014
Got a kick out of my CAP lucky bag. I don’t want any of these lol
(He admitted that Donald Duck was cute, but precisely too cute for him to wear.)
Maybe it’s better to keep things simple?
@gyouzaumami: Oh, I forgot I bought a drink lucky bag from the supermarket! When I opened it there were: six Kirin beers, Milo (cocoa), corn potage, six 350ml bottles of CC Lemon.
Negative thinking won’t get you anywhere in the lucky bag challenge.
@tomohikoo: I’ve never bought a lucky bag. It seems like I’d open it and a paper that says, “You lose” would be inside. Well, there probably aren’t any like that, but…
Some offered lucky bag wisdom:
@mushhh_01: Once you open a lucky bag, it’s no good. Enjoying that excitement before you open it is what a lucky bag is all about.
And what can you do if you’re sick of being disappointed by unlucky lucky bags?
@RE:UdON: I made my own lucky bag and when I opened it, it was all great stuff.
(Photo: KYODO – Shoppers inspect lucky bags at the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store on the morning of Jan. 2.)