Christmas is over. Since today, (after Christmas) it is the busiest season for shop staff in Japan. They will work until late to clear all the Christmas decorations and change them to New Year's ones and they will work to prepare the sale. We have winter sales in the first week of January. As a hot issue, the first business day of New year, shops sell "FUKUBUKURO". FUKUBUKURO means fortune bag. We don't know what is inside the bag. Shops put something more expensive than the price on the bag. Some stores sell very expensive FUKUBUKURO and they put a car or house! (of course, deed or ownership papers) inside. I heard FUKUBUKURO in Akihabara shops are very valuable. For example this is 10000 yen one, there are 120GB HDD, MP3 reader, Optical Mouse, Flash card reader...what do you think? Here is another FUKUBUKURO on sale in Akihabara. They are not so bad too, don't you think so? At least PC stuff is practical.
But like this Greg's site said, my impressions of FUKUBUKURO is not so good basically. The stores seem to clean up their unpopular and dead stock that way. Especially clothes shops are risky :-) Mitsukoshi department store shows the sample of 10,000 yen bag. It looks good? But it's just an advertisment. They don't promise the same quality for all bags. This woman got 10,000 yen FUKUBUKURO at Helly Hansen shop in outlet mall, then she checked the prices later. All items are worth around 31,400yen. If they fit you and they are your style, actually it is worthy. Me? Even though at my favourite brand shop, I won't get FUKUBUKURO. I have never got good experience for FUKUBUKURO. I don't want to get busy for selling on auction.
Anyway how is going on with Xbox 360 in the North America? It was released in Europe too? In Japan, it was released in December 10. Then I heard they are having hard times in the shop. Both Xbox360 machines and games are in low demand. The most popular game for Xbox 360 is "Ridge Racer 6". But even Ridge Racer 6 made sales of less than 30,000. In research less than 30% people replied "I want Xbox360". Then guess what. Some say marketers will massively put Xbox360 into FUKUBUKURO to check inventory. Wow what will you do, Xbox?