With extremely strict gambling laws in Japan, the Japanese are known for finding inventive ways to put money on the line for big prizes. One such loophole is the traditional “Lucky Bag” – bags of goods that department stores and retailers put on sale around New Year’s that contain a mystery mixture of goods.
One retailer that sees especially long lines is the Apple store in Ginza. The store puts together cut-rate Lucky Bags with everything from iPads to laptops contained within, in addition to random unwanted items like that unbearable Steve Jobs book and iPod shuffles.
Lines for the Apple Lucky Bags form many days in advance, with people skipping out on New Year’s festivities altogether in order to get their hands on one.
Here are some pics of this year’s Apple Lucky Bag line captured by TokyoDesu writer and photographer Rick Ochoa: