New Year’s in Japan has almost become synonymous with Fukubukuro (福袋) or Lucky Bags which go on sale on January 1st. Fashion, cosmetics, accessories and even electronics (Apple Japan has lucky bags too!) and niche stores all start selling these lucky bags that you buy for a set price but contain contents that are worth many times more how much you paid for it. Sometimes it is a way to get rid of old stock, but there can also be limited edition items (or a special bag that the items come in) that you can only get through fukubukuro.
Shoppers eager to get a good deal usually line up hours before the shops open to snag one, with the lucky bags from popular brands selling out in under an hour! You can also order them online in advance so you don’t have to wait in the freezing cold, but be prepared, they sell out fast as well!
I wasn’t planning on getting on but I spotted some lucky bags from ScoLar on display when I was in Hep Five (Osaka). The staff came over to explain their lucky bag system where you could choose the outerwear item you wanted (1 of three jackets) but everything else was random. A certain jacket caught my eye and I asked if it came in sizes. To my delight it did, and she said it would be alright to try it on to see if it fit – and it did! I was sold.
There were two types – 5,000yen or 10,000yen (before tax) bags and I opted for the cheaper one since I didn’t expect most of the things to fit. They’re usually free size and for big ol UK14/16 me, unlikely to fit.
Here’s what I got in my lucky bag:
If you prefer not to watch the video…..
There were a total of 5 items in the bag:
That’s me wearing the two tops and the jacket! I loved the Galaxy print (ALL THINGS GALAXYYYYYYyY) and was very very surprised to find that the tops fit! The lazy cat one is so me. I’m a tad unsure when I can ever wear these in Singapore’s climate (the bear top possibly on a colder day) but what I like is that the jacket is thin! It’s not a winter jacket so I can wear it on a rainy day in Singapore.
Was the bag worth it? Yes.
The jacket at full price costs well over 10,000yen (SGD$120) and that green knit top close to 6,000yen (SGD$70) so those alone already make up the cost of the bag. I went and checked their website later and realise that their style is very whimsical, with flair and drapey, flowy skirts and cutesy prints. A friend commented that it’s her fav brand plus their clothes are usually a tad expensive so it was a steal to get these for such a low price!
I’m half wondering if I should have tried for the 10,000yen bag instead but I didn’t have that much money to spare o shopping so I’m more than happy.
There are Plus Size fukubukuro in Japan, like the one by plus size label PUNYUS (which unfortunately was all sold out) but majority are all free size (or S and M sizes only).
Maybe if I wear these out I’ll share how I paired them on a future blog post 🙂