Lucky bags

Did you buy a “lucky bag” (福袋) this year?

Lucky bags are a tradition in Japan. They’re bags full of surprise goods that many stores sell — from the Apple Store to Lawson’s convenience store, starting on January 1st until … well, I guess until they run out, although I don’t think I’ve seen them sitting on the shelves past about January 10th or so.

It’s a roll of the dice: you won’t know what you’re getting. Unless, of course, you’re on  Twitter or Line or Facebook. These days, people are starting to spoil the surprise. I learned about what was in the Apple Store lucky bags almost immediately.

Here’s a piece from Japan Pulse that you can use to practice your SNS English. Notice, for instance, that the ubiquitous 「www」 and its kanji form「笑」are both translated as LOL.

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