New Year shopping — lucky bags here, there and everywhere

December 28th, 2011By Category: Shopping

Photo: 109 MACHIDA

Many department stores and shopping malls have New Year bargain sales starting Jan 2. This is when shops everywhere sell “fukubukuro” (lucky bags). “Fukubukuro are sealed and you never what’s in them until you buy one. The value of the items is usually twice the price you pay for  the bag. “Fukubukuro” can range in price from a few thousand yen to millions of yen, depending on the store.

The sidewalk outside Shibuya 109 is a popular spot for young girls to swap their “fukubukuro” contents on Jan 2.

Here is some information on departments and shopping malls in Tokyo.

Ginza, Yurakucho, Marunouchi, Tokyo area

Matsuya Ginza: Bargain sale is from Jan 2 to Feb 14.

Printemps GinzaBargain sale is from Jan 2

Shin-Marunouchi Building: Bargain sale Jan 2-9.

Marunouchi Oazo: Bargain sale Jan 2-9.

Ginza5: Bargain sale Jan 2-9.

Marunouchi Brick Square: Bargain sale Jan 2-9.

Marunouchi Building: Bargain sale Jan 2-9.

Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi: Bargain sale from Jan 2~.

Shibuya area

Shibuya PARCO: “Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 1~, Bargain sale Jan 2-22.

 Shinjuku, Ikebukuro area

Shinjuku Mitsukoshi ALCOTT: “Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 2~, Bargain sale Jan 2-31.

Seibu Ikebukuro main store“Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 2~, Bargain sale Jan 2-9.

Tobu Department Ikebukuro store“Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 2~, Bargain sale Jan 2-Feb 21.

Sunshine City Alba: “Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 1~, Bargain sale Jan 2-9.

Harajuku, Aoyama, Omotesando area

Ao: “Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 3~, Bargain sale Jan 3-15.

Laforet Harajuku: “Fukubukuro” on sale Jan 1-3, Bargain sale Jan 19-23.

 Roppongi area

Roppongi Hills: “Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 1~, Bargain sale Jan 1-15.

 Shinagawa, Kamata, Odaiba, Shiodome area

Urban Dock LaLaport TOYOSU: “Fukubukuro” on sale Jan 1-9, Bargain sale through Jan 29.

Aqua City Odaiba: “Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 1~, Bargain sale through Jan 9.

 Nakano, Kichijoji, other areas in Tokyo

LUMINE Tachikawa: “Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 2~, Bargain sale Jan 3-9.

Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Minami Osawa: “Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 1-3, Bargain sale Jan 1-9.

Sogo Hachiouji: “Fukubukuro” on sale Jan 2-3, Bargain sale Jan 2-9.

109 MACHIDA: “Fukubukuro” on sale from Jan 2~, Bargain sale Jan 2-8.

 “Urban Dock LaLaport TOYOSU” and “Aqua City Odaiba” already started their bargain sales in December.

If you want to take advantage of bargain sales without the crowds, you can wait until February when Matsuya Ginza and Tobu Department Ikebukuro store hold their sales.

Source: EnjoyTokyo

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