Coronavirus looms over Japan's new year festivities

National Jan 1, 2021

Coronavirus looms over Japan's new year festivities

New Year's Day is the biggest holiday in Japan's calendar, but this year's festivities were subdued following record highs in new coronavirus cases nationwide and calls from the government to stay home. Emperor Naruhito appealed to the public to work together through the pandemic in ...

IN PICTURES: Japan says good night to 2018, good morning to 2019

National Jan 1, 2019

IN PICTURES: Japan says good night to 2018, good morning to 2019

Japan greeted 2019 — the year of the boar, according to the Chinese astrological calendar — Monday evening and Tuesday morning with traditional visits to both major and minor temples and not-so-traditional events, such as the massive one at the famous Shibuya Crossing, where thousands ...