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fukubukuro

fukubukuro
 n.— «Grab bags, known as fukubukuro (lucky bags), are popular items in almost every store during the New Year holiday season in Japan. Some are especially large, such as one selling for Y15 million by the Takashimaya & Co. department store in Tokyo. That bag contains Y27 million worth of clothing, jewelry, a suitcase, a video camera and two round-trip tickets to Hawaii on the luxurious Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner. Fukubukuro are usually sold for price less than their contents as a New Year attraction.» —“Town scenes: Y15 mil. ‘fukubukuro’ up for grabs” Japan Economic Journal Jan. 2, 1988. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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