Read on and find out why our reporter may never buy lucky bags ever again.
Lucky bags or fukubukuro in Japan usually come packed with goods that are unknown to the buyer until opened. But even if they do not contain things that you might actually need, their attractive price tag makes it well worth the purchase, like the bargain Ikea lucky bag we bought some time ago.
Seeing her colleagues beaming brightly at their fukubukuro in the office, our Japanese-language reporter K. Masami hurried to nearby supermarket Aeon to catch the fortune wave that has gripped SoraNews24 staff.
She quickly bought one of the Lucky Carts, yet a strange feeling of disappointment began creeping into her mind when the cashier took each item out of the basket and scanned them like they would normally would instead of the entire package.
▼ “Wait, I’m being charged for each individual item?
What’s the point of advertising it as a Lucky Cart then?” wondered Masami.
Walking down the street, Masami realized that the cart looked nowhere near as nicely packaged as some of the other fukubukuro she had seen.
▼ It was a shame she couldn’t even take the cart or basket back home.
▼ Unloading things into her car, it felt like an everyday trip to the local supermarket.
Where was the fancy bag that should come with every fukubukuro?
Once home, she sat down and examined her loot from the 5,400 yen (US$49) Lucky Cart:
● Thickly-sliced baumkuchen
● Family-sized pack of onigiri crackers
● AGF special blend coffee
● S&B medium spice curry
● Hagoromo Foods sweet red bean soup
● Five boxes of Scott tissues
● 24-pack Asahi Dry beer cans
▼ It seems like a decent haul at least.
Masami knew her way around supermarkets and had a relatively good idea of how much products generally cost. A closer examination