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Lucky trading

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Young girls clamor to exchange items from their "fukubukuro" (lucky bags) near 109 store in Shibuya on Monday. About 100 girls set up shop on the sidewalk to swap items.

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I thought it was 109's lucky bags...this is like a street bazaar

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buy buy buy! consume consume consume! these girls know whats important in the new year! Always do what youve always done, always get what youve always got....thats a great resolution.

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flea markets are more fun

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Looks like fun.

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Hopefully they all get something they want and get rid of the stuff they don't want, and come out ahead.

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we can only hope...and pray that these girls come out ahead. Happy New Year little angels, we are all hoping you get the dream.

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obviously not so lucky bags...

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Hopefully they all get something they want and get rid of the stuff they don't want

you nailed it!!

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looks like pachiko training. Where you win a prize like a key chain, then go to another booth to exchange the key chain for money. Because the two processes are split up its not technically gambling even though it is. This just looks like the same thing. Get them used to it while they're young and they'll not give it another thought.

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We call them "grab bags". What they're doing is the inevitable result of taking a chance on what's in the bag. Of course, the bags for the most part will contain the surplus merchandise that nobody has been buying in the store, with a few high-value items thrown in to pique their interest.

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Truly... pathetic.

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Many just bring the crap they got stuck with at Christmas or earlier and just play fuku with that. =It is a means to an end for unwanted stuff. Someone's unwanted can be another's fuku it seems.

If your girlfriend comes back from one of these with a style that is >3 yes old (unlikely a store item) -just tell her she did real good on her fuku this year.

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Badsey, you have to say that no matter HOW old the style is... at least you do if you want to maintain harmony in the relationship. :-D Just hope she doesn't then hit you with the dreaded, "Does this make me look fat?" O_o

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I'd like to witness the negotiating that goes on.

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Honestly Japan is really an eye opener to us in Canada, USA & some other countries. Things I never knew or expected keep popping up all the time on Japan Today.

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