Our first lucky bag!

Posted by in Mike's blog

I just paid ¥1000 ($10 CAD) for a big red bag, and I had no idea what was inside.

Lucky bags (福袋) are a new year’s tradition in Japan.  Stores gather things that may or may not have sold well at the end of the previous year and sell them as bundles at deeply discounted prices.  It’s been tempting to see these mystery bags pretty much everywhere all week.  Even the Apple Store joins in on the fun!

I enjoy surprises, but there were a couple of things holding me back from buying lots and lots of lucky bags:  I probably don’t need what’s inside, and there’s always the chance that I’ll end up with a pile of junk I don’t have space for.

Today, I caved.

I got my bag from the produce store that I like to visit every week.  A bag full of fruits and vegetables doesn’t apply to either of the things holding me back from buying lucky bags, so this was an insta-buy for me.

I will gladly accept your favourite recipes for any of the lucky bag items in the comments.  Take a look at the photo descriptions for details: