Best tips about lifestyle and shopping in Japan

Fukubukuro Lucky Bags in Japan

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Are you in Japan early January, just after New Year?
If so, you will notice many stores selling bags (usually red and white) called Fukubukuro (福袋) or Lucky Bags in Japanese. But the catch is that customers can’t look inside the bags before buying them.
Those bags are a post-New Years tradition in Japan and most stores offer them. They fill the bags with various goods from the previous year they need to get rid of to make room for new ones…and they sell the bags at a big discount, often 50% or more.
Stores offer different price ranged bags, usually JPY3.000, JPY5.000 and JPY10.000, with of course, some stores where it can be priced higher or lower depending on the type of items the store sells.
Young women line up outside the trendiest women’s fashions stores before they open and as soon as the doors open, it’s a mad rush to buy the Fukubukuro.
Some of them in Tokyo‘s stores are known to be all sold within minutes.
If patient enough to line up, be sure not to miss out the Lucky Bag frenzy!
Or try your luck online at Rakuten or simply search (brand name)+福袋+2018

Shopping in Tokyo

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Tokyo is an absolutely fun place to shop and every shopping aficionados know Tokyo’s reputation about it. It is an ideal destination for savvy shoppers as for electronics enthusiasts, video games, manga, traditional items or fashion buyers.
It is especially interesting that the Japanese government introduced the ability for foreigners to buy duty free items (computer and electronic equipment, handbag, clothes). And since October 2014, the system was extended to many other products, such as cosmetics, medicines and even food and drink.
This map is packed with useful information on products and stores recommended when coming from abroad.