A celebration of Japanese traditions

National | 2017 NEW YEAR SPECIAL Jan 1, 2017

A celebration of Japanese traditions

New Year's, or shogatsu in Japan, is a time when people can get a taste of traditional Japan. People generally take the time around the New Year's holidays to relax with their families and engage in traditional activities to remind themselves of their heritage. Below ...

First sunrise of the year brings luck

Lifestyle Dec 29, 2016

First sunrise of the year brings luck

by Yuki Yamauchi

The sight of a sunrise is familiar to early risers. On New Year's Day the experience takes on a more special meaning — legend has it the sun goddess Amaterasu created this country after all. So Jan. 1 is the one day that people who ...

New Year's salted herring roe sells for record ¥100,000

National Nov 22, 2016

New Year's salted herring roe sells for record ¥100,000

A rare selection of salted herring roe — a traditional Japanese New Year's dish said to bring good luck — has fetched a record price of more than ¥100,000 per kilogram at a wholesale market auction in the city of Osaka. The Osaka Municipal Wholesale ...