Japan

Ikea hot dog lucky bag is one of the most unusual fukubukuro available in Japan this year

Ikea Japan gives locals a lesson on how to make a good hot dog for the New Year.

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Japanese man turns his house into a stage from Donkey Kong

His room design is absolutely bananas!

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Happy New Year from NERV! We crack open the 2020 Evangelion fukubukuro lucky bag【Pics】

Plenty of fanservice awaits in this end-of-year Evangelion package, and we didn’t even have to queue for one.

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6 predictions: Which brand new Japanese anime will be the dark-horse hit of 2020?【Videos】

Here are our Japanese-language reporter Seiji’s top picks for the hottest new stars of the upcoming anime season!

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Krispy Kreme fukubukuro lucky bag comes with cute limited-edition doughnuts for New Year in Japan

Gifts so good the diet will just have to wait until another day. 

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“Ugly” mascot Sento-kun finds new popularity 12 years after debut

Savvy business practices helped the once-unsettling chimera win over hearts in the end.

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Wholesome reporter seeks nostalgic fukubukuro experience, gets huge haul of anime goods instead

Despite kicking off the new year with a plethora of anime merch, something felt amiss for our Japanese-language reporter’s fukubukuro experience.

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Buy at least one of these Vladimir Putin calendars from Russia to start your year off right

Putin’s steely gaze will motivate you to work hard all year long!

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Starbucks Japan lucky bag is the most hard-to-get fukubukuro of the New Year

A lucky bag so popular it can only be purchased by lottery winners.

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Studio Ghibli celebrates New Year with a fukubukuro lucky bag packed with anime merchandise

Donguri Kyowakoku delivers one of the best lucky bags of the New Year, with a very unusual Totoro.

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We bought the Mister Donut Pokémon lucky bag, and here’s what we got! 【Photos】

This was probably the best purchase we made at the end of 2019.

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Mr. Sato hunts for New Year’s lucky tablets in the wilderness of Akihabara

No one puts the “fuku” in “fukubukuro” like Akihabara.

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The best Japanese cosplayers from Day 4 of Winter Comiket 2019【Photos】

The final day of Comiket wrapped up with some awesome cosplays.

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Aggressive upskirt photographers swallow up cosplay trio at Comiket【Video】

Three Japanese women were pulled out to safety after finding themselves in a dangerous situation.

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Make your new year sweet with this Pokémon x Baskin Robbins collaboration

Say goodbye to your New Year’s resolution to eat less ice cream!

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Ramen and sweets served together at this stylish ramen cafe in Shibuya【Photos】

An unlikely gourmet combo makes for an “un-unforgettable” experience for our reporter.

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer Enako creates jaw-dropping crowd at Winter Comiket【Photos】

This Japanese cosplayer is so popular she creates a phenomenon known as the Enako Ring

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The best Japanese cosplayers from Day 3 of Winter Comiket 2019【Photos】

Characters from EvangelionAzur Lane, and Psycho-Pass are just some of the famous faces making an appearance. 

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Happy New Year from SoraNews24!

A new decade dawns, heralding the start of a very big year for Japan and its rat-folk.

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Our writer Seiji becomes the face of baldness on Google Japan

Seiji experiences a roller-coaster of emotions after a shocking discovery.

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