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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.

The Year of Kimono has Arrived!

Seeking out a kimono that's woven with vibrant colors and modern designs? Look no further than Harajuku's Laforet!

Sanrio Brings in the New Year with Hello Kitty

Even if you forgot to send out your Christmas cards this year, you can still mail out Sario New Year's cards with some eye-popping features.

Top 3 Part-Time Jobs During the Holidays

The end of December is the busiest time of year in Japan, so almost everywhere is looking for extra help!

7 Japanese New Year's Traditions Explained

One of Japan's most important holidays, New Year's, brings with it unique customs—some of which date back all the way to the 800s.

The Most Expensive Fukubukuro Bags

How much would you be willing to spend on a New Year's grab bag?

New Year's Cards Get a Moe Makeover!

To the delight of otaku fans, this year Japan Post really "moe-fied" its end-of-year cards.

7 Reasons to Experience New Year's in Japan

After the romance from Christmas Eve has settled, Japan turns to the New Year's holiday as a time of family reunions and traditions that you won't want to miss!

How to Make it to the Office the Day After

We all like to eat and drink endlessly, but nobody likes a stomachache or a hangover. Here are four Japanese tricks for beating the post-party blaaaaghs.

The Complete Guide to Osechi Ryori

In addition to watching the sunrise on the first day of the New Year, be prepared to gorge yourself on tiny dishes that have auspicious meanings.

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!

What is Otoshidama?

While visions of sugar-plums dance in the heads of children celebrating Christmas, Japanese kids dream of opening an envelope with a special gift inside.

5 Spots to Watch New Year's Fireworks in Japan

There's nothing like bright lights to bring in the New Year!

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!

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!

6 Things to Do Before New Year's Hits in Japan

Before the clock strikes midnight on January 1, here are a few things that should be checked off before you ring in the New Year!

Two Big-Name Shrines for Hatsumode

You can't go wrong visiting your local shrine in the first three days of the New Year to pray for a healthy and prosperous year. But if you're going to go out, why not go big?

8 Things to Know About New Year's in Japan

All about Japan's biggest holiday of the year!

Sweet Osechi

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.

Spoil Yourself with New Year's Mystery Bags

If you’ve ever visited Japan or Japanese online shops around New Year's, you’re bound to have seen some mysterious bags called 'fukuburo' appearing on the shelves. Read on to find out how to get the most out of them!

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