New Year’s

KFC Japanese New Year’s cards give you free fried chicken to start 2020 off right!

KFC gets into Japan’s nengajo tradition in a finger-licking way.

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Seiji shares a very special tip to keep warm and have fun in the Japanese New Year

Our esteemed writer brings us a new twist on the classic sweetness of amazake.

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Seiji buys an Armani lucky bag worth almost US$300, models his clothing catch

What could a lucky bag featuring one of the world’s most luxury brands possibly contain?

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Tokyo Disneyland rings in Japanese New Year with special parades, kimono, and a flatulent pig

Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea celebrate the Year of the Boar in style with a fan-favorite Disney character in the limelight. 

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Learn how to do Japanese New Year’s the right way and avoid bad luck

These six New Year’s taboos mean you’ll be doing a lot less cooking, fighting and random spending at the start of the year.

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Shibuya Scramble Crossing New Year’s Eve Countdown event report【Pics & Videos】

Crowds gathered at the city’s most famous intersection for a massive street party as police looked on.

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Japan’s most dangerous New Year’s food causes death once again in Tokyo

Nearly a dozen Tokyoites rushed to hospital before dinnertime on New Year’s Day.

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Workers’ mental health more important than 2 million yen as ramen chain closes for New Year’s

500-restaurant chain closes all branches to give employees’ time to spend with families at New Year’s.

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132 hours of a fixed camera on creepy dolls to be broadcast live on Japanese video site

Ring in the new year by getting into a staring contest with a pair of dark, soulless eyes for five-and-a-half days.

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Starbucks Japan releases New Year’s mugs and travel cups featuring lucky cats, daruma and Mt Fuji

Adorable Japanese drinkware range pays homage to traditional Japanese motifs and traditions.

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Flush with New Year’s present cash, Japanese kids can now look forward to…saving it

No need to worry about them spending it all in one place when they aren’t going to spend any of it.

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Best New Year’s idea ever: Japanese Twitter user opens jar of past year’s “saved happy memories”

Start your own now, because we’re going to need it by the end of 2018!

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Six things to avoid doing in the first three days of the Japanese New Year to have the best luck

Keep on the good side of the gods (and maybe cows and pigs too) with these tips.

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At what age should parents stop giving kids New Year’s otoshidama money? Japanese netizens answer

It turns out these envelopes of money can be quite controversial.

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Temple bell tolling on Japanese New Year’s Eve gets rid of evil desires, but not complaints

No matter how much good it brings, the sound of a humongous bell struck 108 times might be too much for some people.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】McDonald’s Japan brings out exclusive goodies for customers this New Year

These are some of the cutest McDonald’s items we’ve ever seen!

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Mochi continues to be Japan’s deadliest New Year’s food, causes two deaths in Tokyo on January 1

Often considered a symbol of longevity, mochi annually brings about sudden deaths.

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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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This beautiful New Year’s cake is a tasty combination of Japanese lucky symbols!

What better way to celebrate the New Year than with a lovely cake in the shape of Mt. Fuji decorated with Japanese symbols of good fortune?

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What’s the best way to ring in the new year in Tokyo? Try the countdown event at Shibuya crossing

After its first successful year, the “YOU MAKE SHIBUYA COUNTDOWN” event is back for an even bigger celebration this year!

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