Younger Japanese men less interested in drinking, according to survey

Recent study suggests that Japanese males are significantly less interested in getting wasted as they used to be.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】Mr. Sato and his crew model 12 outfits from this year’s GAP fukubukuro

These perfect poster boys pose for a self-chosen GAP collection that costs less than 10 bucks per item!

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Japanese Twitter user gets Machamp clothes in lucky bag…but not in the way you think

She didn’t get a Pokémon shirt or a Machamp belt. Instead she got something far, far stranger.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】Lotteria adds cute Japanese character goods to New Year’s fukubukuro

The popular fast food chain brightens up 2017 with an adorable collection of Sumikkogurashi character merchandise.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】MOS Burger fukubukuro fills us up with fast food and cute goods

The home-grown Japanese fast food chain adds cute and functional items to their lucky bag this year.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】Subway sandwich chain brings us a bag of goodies for New Year

We stick to our New Year’s resolutions for eating healthy with a fukubukuro from the biggest sandwich chain in the world.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】We take a peek at the Mister Donut fukubukuro from Japan

How many goods and doughnuts can you get in a lucky bag for less than ten bucks? Come with us as we find out!

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】Baskin Robbins delights with a Happy Bag of ice cream-themed goods

Snoopy is also on hand to join in with the sweet celebrations.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a KFC Japan fukubukuro

The contents of this lucky bag are sure to delight fans of KFC.

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Here are our top 5 picks of Starbucks Japan’s limited-time Frappuccino releases from 2016

Sweet dreams are made of these.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】McDonald’s Japan thrills fast food lovers with tasty-looking merchandise

McDonald’s ushers in the New Year with a special bag filled with discount coupons, a blanket, a cushion, and even a pair of gloves!

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】IKEA packs 14 kitchen items into their fukubukuro for 17 bucks!

This is one of the best value-for-money lucky bags on the market this year.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】Donguri Kyowakoku lucky bag is packed with Studio Ghibli merchandise!

Fans of the acclaimed anime studio are swooning over this bag full of cute Ghibli merchandise that costs just 25 bucks!

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】Starbucks Japan satisfies coffee cravings with special fukubukuro

Starbucks jams this year’s lucky bag with coffee beans, vouchers, and gorgeous drinkware, all for roughly 50 bucks!

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】 We push our luck with a 3,000 yen “lucky bag” from Akihabara junk shop

Once again, to feel the true thrill of the gamble of a New Year’s fukubukuro (lucky bag) Mr. Sato doubles down and grabs a bag of junk… or is it?

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Throw away your New Year’s resolutions – here’s our top “volume” restaurants of 2016

When it’s time to go big or go home, you can go really big at some of our favorite restaurants in Japan!

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Grandma (literally!) flips out over forgotten birthday present 【Video】

A behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at your granny’s house before you see her.

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“Nurse Goldfish” in Hokkaido amazingly appears to help disabled friend eat every time

This little guy sets a shining example for goldfish everywhere – people could learn a thing or two from it as well.

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Ginza Cozy Corner is back with their traditional “osechi” style cake set and more

There’s no sweeter way to celebrate the New Year!

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Happy New Year from RocketNews24!

Ordinarily, Japan has no problem working itself to the bone. That’s not the case at the start of the year, though, as the nation pauses to catch its breath and charge up for the months to come by visiting relatives, leisurely reading New Year’s cardseating osechi, and buying lucky bags.

While we at RocketNews24 like to think of ourselves as proficient multitaskers, even we’re not capable of getting much work done as we use both hands to stuff our faces with food or carry as many shopping bags as possible, and so we’ll be slowing down a bit as we take advantage of one of the few times Japan relaxes its hard-line stance against anything remotely resembling laziness. We hope you all get to do the same, regardless of where in the world you are.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to have even more great stuff for you whenever you visit our site in 2017!

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