Tokyo Metro employs megaphone translation tech at station near Harajuku

The underground train operator has commissioned several real-time translation megaphones to facilitate communication with foreign customers.

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Cosplayer wows Comiket attendees with sake bottle cosplay from hit anime Your Name

This is a clever way to keep warm while cosplaying outdoors in winter!

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Japanese singer wishes fans a Happy New Year with traditional version of Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen

Tradition meets the world of viral videos in a PPAP tribute that’s perfectly Japanese.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】The Maasai Tribe fukubukuro now selling through RocketNews24

Tired of reading about lucky bags but not being able to own one? Well, courtesy of our Kenyan correspondent Luka Sunte some are up for grabs…but it won’t be easy to get one.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】PPAP inspires a pineapple fukubukuro from Loft

If Piko Taro bought one lucky bag this year, we sincerely hope it was this one.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】Spruce up with The Body Shop’s choose-your-own-fragrance fukubukuro

With so many products to choose from, this is one of the most personalised lucky bags on the market this year!

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】IKEA bed & bath bundle gives us $50 worth of goods for just 17 bucks!

Delving into this blue sack of surprises is like celebrating Christmas all over again!

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】We celebrate the New Year with a bag full of Godiva chocolates

The premium Belgian chocolatier brings us quality over quantity with their $46 fukubukuro.

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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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