A large-scale retail establishment that houses specialty shops, brand stores, restaurants, galleries, and a variety of other stores and facilities, selling relatively high-priced goods. Japanese department stores have a history of over 100 years that began when a kimono store changed to a department store. The most crowded are the underground levels known as depachika that are home to stores that sell delis, sweets, and other foods. My family’s New Year’s Day routine is to go to a department store and buy a lucky bag. What’s in it? It depends on the year. We cannot wait to find out the contents till we get home. Opening the bag in the car on our way home is part of our routine.