I’ve always been fond of the idea of a lucky bag full of goods. Fukubukuro is a Japanese New Year custom that results in thousands of people queuing up outside stores for a chance at scoring the best loot. The “lucky bags” are essentially mystery goodie bags that are usually highly discounted. In recent years, retailers have been accepting pre-orders so you don’t have to queue up. Some companies do a lottery instead, so you have to be ultra lucky to get your hands on one!
The term is formed from Japanese fuku (福, meaning “good fortune” or “luck”) and fukuro (袋, meaning “bag”) and it has been around since the late Meiji era (October 23, 1868, to July 30, 1912).
The KFC fukubukuro costs a total of 2,500 yen ($21.62 USD) and similar to last year they have kept it simple again. Inside the KFC fukubukuro 2022 you get the following:
I’m Jake Caprino, who is more commonly known by the online alias Swaps4. I’m a business owner based in Japan. I enjoy writing about anime, video games, and bits & pieces of Japanese culture.