Tag - o-shogatsu



J-pop duo Yoasobi performed its 2023-defining hit, “Idol," during the 74th edition of NHK’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” giving the show its best moment — and drawing anger from netizens.
CULTURE / Sound Off
Jan 12, 2024
Yoasobi delivered the standout moment of ‘Kohaku.’ Why did some music fans hate it?
The J-pop duo brought artists from J-pop and K-pop together on stage for the night's best performance, but it didn’t take long for negative voices to emerge on social media.
Passengers board a JR bullet train at Shin-Osaka Station on Wednesday.
Jan 6, 2024
JR passengers up 8% during year-end and New Year's holidays
The combined number of users of bullet trains and other rail services came to around 9,869,000 for the period from Dec. 28 to Thursday.
Aoyama Gakuin University takes a first-day lead of the annual two-day Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden road relay on Tuesday.
Jan 2, 2024
Aoyama Gakuin University takes lead on day one of Hakone ekiden
Aoyama Gakuin University took a first-day lead of 2 minutes, 38 seconds over defending champion Komazawa University.
Emperor Naruhito and his family members attend a New Year's ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday.
Jan 2, 2024
Japan emperor's New Year greeting event canceled due to quake
The Imperial Household Agency said it had decided not to go ahead with the event based on the thoughts of the emperor and empress.
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and Princess Aiko pose for a photo at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Dec. 1.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 1, 2024
Japan emperor hopes for expanded support for needy people
Emperor Naruhito, in a New Year's message on Monday, expressed his wish that support will expand for people facing difficulties.
Visitors strike a giant bell to mark the new year as a Buddhist monk looks on, at Zojoji temple in Tokyo on Jan. 1, 2023.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 31, 2023
Ring in the new year on your phone: Apps offer alternate to Japan temple tradition
Smartphone apps are aiming to offer alternative ways to enjoy a noisy New Year's tradition.
While harsh comments from older generations can sometimes be seen as rude, consider instead that they’re often trying to teach us something they hold on to.
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 26, 2023
A survival guide for your first Japanese-style at-home New Year’s
Meeting your partner’s Japanese family for the New Year’s holidays? Here are some do’s and don’ts for an ‘oshōgatsu’ success story.
This savory-sweet cake can be made with either fish paste or shrimp — whichever you think will best guide you into 2024.
Dec 17, 2023
Recipe: Good luck egg and fish rolls
The trickiest part of making “datemaki” is rolling it up — the rolled form is supposed to resemble a paper scroll, representing wishes for the new year.
Japan Times
Jan 7, 2023
Roger Dahl on understanding hanetsuki
Japan Times
Dec 26, 2022
COVID-19 cases on the rise as Japan enters the holiday season
JTB estimates that about 21 million people will travel domestically, up 16.7% from the previous year.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2022
A few phrases for when you head to dinner at your in-laws' house
Maybe you just want to compliment someone's cooking, or maybe you want to avoid a fight? Either way, brushing up on some Japanese before heading to your in-laws doesn't hurt.
Japan Times
Dec 11, 2022
Recipe: Kakiage soba
Casting about for the perfect Japanese meal to close out this year and ring in the next? Look no further.
Japan Times
Jan 24, 2022
A shinkansen to space (and other news found beneath the sofa)
While you may have done a 'big clean' around your house at New Year's, there are still a few news stories that our writer would like to tidy up.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
Dec 28, 2019
Japanese heading home for New Year's holidays crowd trains and airports
People heading to their hometowns or going abroad for the New Year's holidays crowd train stations, airports and roads in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Dec 28, 2019
Hatsuhinode: Where to see the first sunrise of the decade
There's never a better time to catch sunrise in Japan than at new year. From Tokyo Tower to the coast of Chiba Prefecture, here are 10 of the best places to see the first sunrise of the year near Tokyo.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 27, 2019
Lawson to allow New Year's store closures in Japan on trial basis
Lawson Inc. plans to allow some outlets to close during the New Year's holiday period on a trial basis, said Sadanobu Takemasu, president and chief executive officer of the convenience store chain, in a recent interview.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2019
'Tis the season for a lot of gift-giving
If you want to give gifts at Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's Eve, then get the language of giving and receiving down pat
Dec 22, 2019
In Japan, 10% unlikely to take year-end or New Year's holidays
A survey has found that 10.6 percent of the nation's workers will likely be unable to take even a single day off during the nine-day year-end and New Year's holiday period from Saturday to Jan. 5.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Dec 21, 2019
Purifying decorations welcome the new year
The end of the year is a time for thorough cleaning to ready the home for the arrival of Toshigami-sama, the god of the new year. Modern lifestyles notwithstanding, the custom remains deeply ingrained in Japan. Two leading floral designers and an in-demand stylist have created chic new year decorations with a contemporary touch that harmonizes with households today


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on