Japanese New Year

Comparing two Starbucks fukubukuro shows just how different lucky bags can be

Proof that lucky bags really are the luck of the draw.

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Japan’s Muji “Fukukan” continues to disppoint New Year’s lucky bag lovers

A slight improvement on last year, but nothing like the cans of glory days.

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Ikea’s cheap lucky bag captures the true essence of Japan’s fukubukuro tradition

Take a look at what we received for 1,000 yen!

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KFC Japan gives us a finger-lickin’ good lucky bag for 2023

Fried chicken fukubukuro is a great way to forget our New Year’s resolutions. 

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Happy New Year from SoraNews24!

It’s time to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit!

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The meaning of the mandarin and 6 other Japanese New Year traditions explained

Join us as we take a look at some of the most popular Japanese New Year traditions and reveal the spiritual symbolism and superstitions behind them.

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Studio Ghibli releases a Totoro daruma and beckoning Catbus in Japan for New Year

The sold-out collection every Ghibli fan wants to get their hands on.

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Starbucks Japan releases cute new zodiac goods for Year of the Rabbit

“We Are Starbucks Coffee Rabbits — Living Somewhere in Coffee Tree Forests” is the theme for this new collection.

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Comparing Starbucks lucky bags in Japan proves some bundles are better than others

Sakura, tumblers, ornaments and mugs…which of our three reporters scored the best Starbucks fukubukuro? 

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The Muji “Fukukan” puts a disappointing spin on Japan’s New Year’s lucky bag tradition

What happened to the cute contents we usually look forward to receiving every year?

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KFC Japan gives us a lucky bag that would make the Colonel proud

A finger-lickin’ good way to start the New Year!

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The Starbucks fukubukuro: One of the rarest lucky bags in Japan

Take a look at the special goods only available to special lottery winners. 

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Pokémon-themed doughnut lucky bag is filled with sweet surprises

Mister Donut makes us feel like the very best, like no one ever was this New Year. 

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We step into 2021 in style with our Puma fukubukuro lucky bag haul

A whole name-brand outfit with pieces to mix and match, and all for just 11,000 yen!

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Starbucks Japan unveils New Year’s drinkware range for 2021

Mt Fuji, daruma dolls, and zodiac year motifs are just some of the images featured in this limited-edition Japanese collection.

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Starbucks Roastery Tokyo releases lucky Japanese dolls to end the pandemic in the New Year

Plague-ending talismans made by a fifth-generation Kyoto doll craftsman. 

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Government plan has everyone talking about a 17-day-long New Year holiday

Suga administration hopes everyone doesn’t party quite like it’s 1999 this year.

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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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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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Annual New Year’s post dash in Japan looks like a scene from a blockbuster film【Video】

Every year, dedicated post office workers hop on their scooters to deliver a nation’s New Year’s cards, and it’s so much fun to watch!

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