Photo/IllutrationA lucky bag at Seibu department store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro will allow customers to enjoy a buffet featuring 15 types of confectionery, such as tiramisu and macaroons. (Mana Takahashi)

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Taking a trip down memory lane may be an auspicious way to ring in the year that will mark the end of an era born at the height of an economic boom.

An exclusive “fukubukuro” lucky bag, to be put on offer on Jan. 2 with a 540,000-yen ($4,760) price tag, will allow the buyer and a guest to revisit a flashy night on the town during the late 1980s asset-inflated boom.

The pair will be escorted through the capital’s Ginza district in a super-stretch limousine and whisked to dinner at an expensive French restaurant. Rounding out the nostalgic excursion is nothing less than a glittering diamond ring.

Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, putting an end to the Heisei Era, which started in 1989.

Department stores are hoping to lure New Year shoppers with lucky bags featuring the trends and tastes over the past three decades.

Fukubukuro, an assortment of items and experience vouchers, is often billed as a bargain worth more than their combined sales price.

Matsuya Ginza department store, which organizes the extravagant night out in Ginza, will roll out a different version for relatively more modest spenders.

"OK Bubbly Lucky Bag," a reference to a phrase made popular by a comedienne who parodies over-the-top lifestyles during the late 1980s, contains a fur coat, sunglasses and a pair of tickets to a disco dancing event in the nearby Yurakucho district.

The three bags will sell for 54,000 yen each. Matsuya says the contents are worth about 160,000 yen.

Not to be outdone, Seibu department store in Ikebukuro will sell a Heisei Era-themed lucky bag tailored for those with a sweet tooth.

"Heisei Sweets Buffet Fukubukuro," priced at 2,019 yen, tax included, is an invitation to an in-store cafe to try 15 types of sweets popular during the era, such as tiramisu, macaroons and creme brulee.

Dozens of the bags will be available, and customers can eat confectionery to their heart's content over 90 minutes on weekdays in early February.

Another lucky bag at Seibu, available to the first five customers for 10,001 yen, tax included, is full of long-selling toys that evolved over the past 30 years.

The bag contains six toys, such as a baseball board game where players throw a ball into the air, and Tomica 4D, a type of toy car with realistic engine sounds.

A total of 1,500 types of lucky bags will be up for grabs at Seibu when it opens on Jan. 1. About 400 types will be available at Matsuya, which starts on Jan. 2.

Takashimaya department store is turning toward the future, with a 20,190 yen lucky bag that includes a field hockey lesson from members of Sakura Japan, the women’s national hockey team, which is set to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Female hockey teams with players of junior high school age or younger are eligible. Applications can be made Jan. 2-3 at the store's 19 outlets across Japan. Two teams will be selected by lottery if there are more applicants.