new year

Sanrio announces eight kinds of 2022 fukubukuro lucky bags featuring Hello Kitty and pals

In the blink of an eye 2021 has flown by and another slew of lucky bags we must justify.

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Lineup for end of year Kohaku Song Battle 2021 revealed

The New Years’ television special announced the cast for this year’s battle.
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Bluefin tuna fish sells for bargain low price of roughly US$200,000 in Tokyo auction

The first auction of the year took place despite Tokyo’s ongoing battle with coronavirus.

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Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki creates coronavirus character to wish fans a Happy New Year

Miyazaki’s son Goro also pens a new illustration for fans of the Ghibli Museum.

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Huge crowds go to Japanese temples on New Year to “pray for things to return to normal”

The only thing thicker than the crowds is the irony.

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Ring in the New Year with Baskin-Robbins Japan’s adorable Pokémon ice cream dishes

Buy a take-home ice cream selection, receive adorable Pokémon merchandise!

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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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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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Ikea fukubukuro lucky bag gives us 10,000 yen worth of goods for 3,000 yen

One of the best bargains of the year. 

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Man strips, makes it rain atop stone lantern at Ise Jingu shrine in Japan

New Year’s Eve gets out of hand at Japan’s most holy shrine.

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Naomi Osaka v Kei Nishikori: Tennis pros play with Japanese bats in Nissin cup noodles commercial

Osaka turns into a kimono-clad anime character halfway through the clip.

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Starbucks Japan fukubukuro lucky bag brings us merch and coffee to kick off 2019

Exclusive Starbucks merchandise you can’t buy in stores.

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Japanese police requests train stations in Shibuya to shut exits during New Year countdown

Measures to reduce problems related to overcrowding have ramped up this year.

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Coca-Cola Japan unveils special New Year’s kimono bottle for 2019 with hidden boar on the packaging

Limited-edition bottle celebrates the upcoming Year of the Boar.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】KFC Japan fukubukuro makes fried chicken dreams come true

Colonel Sanders has been kind to his finger-lickin’ customers this New Year.

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Ginza Cozy Corner unveils cute range of osechi New Year cakes featuring lucky Japanese symbols

There are more than a dozen cakes in the new collection, all served with sweet toppings that reflect centuries of meaning and symbolism.

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Japanese shrine maidens in Osaka spotted wearing unusual costumes during winter

One shinto shrine is making news around Japan for dressing their miko in a garment many had never seen before.

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Japanese singer wishes fans a Happy New Year with traditional version of Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen

Tradition meets the world of viral videos in a PPAP tribute that’s perfectly Japanese.

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KFC Japan reveals New Year’s box for 2017, seeks total domination over festive period

After making “Kentucky Fried Christmas” a thing, KFC continues to bring out New Year’s boxes to compete with traditional osechi cuisine

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New Year’s range of Disney sweets feature characters drawn in traditional Japanese sumi-e ink art

East meets West in this beautifully delicious collection.

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