When You Wish Upon a Pun
There’s a special reason why Japanese people offer ¥5 coins at temples and shrines.
New Year’s Food in Japan
Travel to Japan to taste New Year’s specialties and ensure success for the following year.
Unique Ways New Years 2020 Was Celebrated
New Years in Japan is steeped in traditions, but there was more than one way to celebrate the coming of the new decade.
Do's & Don'ts: Japanese New Year
Ringing in the New Year in Japan is an awesome experience, but it does come with some unique challenges. If you're going to be here over the winter holiday, find out what to expect!
Best 2021 Year of the Ox Holiday Card Designs
Sending cards to celebrate the New Year is a long-held tradition in Japan, and Spoon & Tamago is bringing you some of their favorite designs to ring in the Year of the Ox.
Annual Firefighter Ceremony Heats Up Tokyo
Tokyo firefighters take part in a yearly ceremony to mark the official start of duties in the New Year, much to the crowd's anticipation and delight. And we've got the thrilling video of the exercises.
Bring in the New Year with Cute Kit Kat Boxes
With three cute box designs and adorable individual wrappers, this is the best way to send wishes for a lucky New Year.
The 5 Best Value-for-Money Food Fukubukuro
New Years in Japan means one thing: fukubukuro (lucky bags)! Stock up on tasty treats with our favorite lucky bags for foodies and even save a few yen in the process.
How to Replace the Paper on 'Shoji' Doors
'Shoji' sliding doors are emblematic of traditional Japanese houses. But it's frustratingly easy to put a hole in the paper. When you're tired of patching, how do you just replace the whole thing?
9 Cleaning Supplies from the ¥100 Store
These inexpensive products are perfect for your New Year's cleaning!
Japanese Tradition of Scaring Kids Continues!
Men dressed as demons scare children in northeastern Japan to discourage them from being lazy.
Ring in the New Year at Tokyo Disneyland!
Visitors can stay up and party all night in the happiest place on Earth on New Year's Eve 2018!
14 Stunning Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Japan
It's a tradition to watch the sunrise on the first day of the year in Japan. And the nation's national parks offer countless breathtaking options for both sunrise and sunset at any time of year!
15 Unique Festivals Only Found in Japan
There are a variety of interesting festivals in each prefecture of Japan throughout the year.
Special Marathon Cars Coming to Yamanote Line
To promote the yearly college marathon, Hakone Ekiden, special edition train cars will be featured on the JR Yamanote Line in Tokyo.
Imperial Bonsai Ready for New Year
Imperial Household Agency gardeners are preparing traditional potted plants that will be used as decoration in the New Year period.
Toshikoshi Soba: New Year's Eve Noodles
One of Japan's longstanding traditions is to eat buckwheat noodles on New Year's Eve. But why are they so important? Read on to find out!
The Origin of the Maneki Neko
The Maneki Neko, literally the "beckoning cat,"is a very common Japanese figurine. Although there are several possible stories behind its origin, the one revolving around Gotokuji Temple probably has the most veracity to it.
Ring in the Year of the Boar with Krispy Kreme
Glitzy red and gold decor, plus boar and snowman shapes. These donuts will start your year off sweet!
Get Lucky with Starbucks' New Years Drink
It’s all about fortune and fun for the first New Year of Reiwa!