Jan 4, 2015

New Year's death toll from 'mochi' chokings hits nine

Nine people had choked to death as of Friday after eating glutinous “mochi” rice cakes to celebrate the new year, an official and local media reported Sunday. In Tokyo alone, 18 people were sent to hospitals after experiencing varying degrees of suffocation due to ...

New Year's exodus reaches peak

Dec 30, 2014

New Year's exodus reaches peak

The New Year’s holiday exodus from Tokyo and other urban areas peaked Tuesday, with travelers packing major train stations and airports throughout the day. Domestic flights departing from Tokyo’s Haneda airport were almost fully booked, according to Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways ...

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 ...