When You Wish Upon a Pun
There’s a special reason why Japanese people offer ¥5 coins at temples and shrines.
15 Unique Festivals Only Found in Japan
There are a variety of interesting festivals in each prefecture of Japan throughout the year.
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.
The Ultimate Anime Fukubukuro Collection!
New Year’s Day is an extremely important day for otaku in Japan—it’s one of the best days of the year to bring home hauls of your favorite anime goods!
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!
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.
9 Cleaning Supplies from the ¥100 Store
These inexpensive products are perfect for your New Year's cleaning!
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!
New Year's Photos in the Meiji Period
Ever wonder what New Year's would be like in Japan at the turn of the 20th century? Thanks to photographer Kozaburo Tamura, we can take a glimpse into New Year's past!
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?
Kicking It Old School
If you happen to be in Kyoto around the turn of the New Year, you won't want to miss this spectacle of men and women dressed in Heian-style robes playing their version of soccer.
New Year’s Food in Japan
Travel to Japan to taste New Year’s specialties and ensure success for the following year.
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!
NekoPOP’s Best J-Pop Album Covers 2015
Chosen by NekoPOP contributors David Cirone, Jen Wang, Nhu Nguyen and Greg Hignight, the full list of stylish selections includes AKB48, Kalafina, Capsule, Tomomi Itano, Perfume and many more!
5 Fun Otoshidama Envelopes
What's better than getting an envelope full of money at New Year's? How about a cool-looking envelope full of money!
Kill two birds with one stone—satisfying your sweet tooth and buying osechi for New Year's—by heading over to Ginza Cozy Corner for a special turn-of-the-year treat.
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 Biggest Temple You've Never Heard Of
While many regions of Japan are world-renowned for their shrines and temples, sometimes it's the ones you've never heard of that leave the biggest impression.
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!