Digital tack taken to revive interest in New Year's cards

Dec 26, 2014

Digital tack taken to revive interest in New Year's cards

by Kazuaki Nagata

The tradition of sending “nengajo,” or New Year’s postcards, has been in decline as people turn to the Internet, social networking and digital gadgets like smartphones instead of putting pen to paper. Japan Post Co., the postal arm of government-owned Japan Post Holdings Co., ...

Dec 13, 2013

Japan holiday travel reservations increase from last year

Reservations for seats on Japan Railways Group trains and on flights by the nation’s major airlines for the holiday season have both increased from a year ago, data from the companies showed Friday. As of Thursday, total reservations for seats on shinkansen trains and ...

Shibuya revelers face New Year's curbs

Dec 12, 2013

Shibuya revelers face New Year's curbs

Tokyo police say they will restrict public access around the main intersection outside Shibuya Station between 10 p.m. Dec. 31 and 2 a.m. Jan. 1 to prevent a crush of New Year’s revelers forming for the countdown, a recurrent problem in recent years. The ...

2013 a year for whom the snake tolls

Feb 8, 2013

2013 a year for whom the snake tolls

A stock market slide, escalated conflict between Japan and China and more “Gangnam Style” success for South Korean singer Psy will shape the Year of the Snake, according to soothsayers. Those who make predictions based on the study of feng shui are influential in ...

Harumafuji settles into New Year groove

Jan 15, 2013

Harumafuji settles into New Year groove

by David Hueston and Dave Hueston

Yokozuna Harumafuji uncorked a mortar round on would-be challenger Myogiryu to earn his second victory at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Rival yokozuna Hakuho, meanwhile, laid into the troublesome Aminishiki to stay on track in his bid for his second consecutive ...