【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!

Pikotaro gets English pronunciation training for PPAP from AI robot, Musio X【Video】

The “P” in PPAP needs more power, passion and party!

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Sephiroth’s One Winged Angel absolutely dazzles on the hand of one you’ve ringed

Who knew Final Fantasy VII’s baddie would make such a gorgeous engagement ring? Takayas Custom Jewelry knew.

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We attach chemical butt-warmers to our crotches but really should know better

Mr. Sato continues to push his hypothesis that the male groin is the gateway to efficient regulation of body temperature, even if it means serious bodily harm.

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One of the most popular cosplays at Comiket: a kamehameha beam from Dragon Ball

Not cosplaying as Goku, but as the actual kamehameha beam itself.

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Famous Japanese “talent” Becky to appear on special Fuji TV New Year’s program

Joining her will be famed educator Hirotada Ototake, who was also caught up in a scandal this year.

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Yuri!!! on Ice Promotes Main Character’s Home Prefecture

This fall’s hit anime Yuri!!! on Ice and Saga Prefecture’s Sagaprise! project announced on Monday that they are collaborating to promote Yūri Katsuki’s home prefecture.

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Cosplayers brave the cold in skimpy outfits at Winter Comiket in Japan

Despite the Tokyo chill, things are heating up at one of the city’s most popular comic conventions.

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Japanese monk band performs rockin’ live street performance on Christmas Eve【Video】

These Christmas carollers appear to be just a little bit Buddhist!

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10th International Manga Award Winners Announced

Contest for foreign artists held annually in Japan.

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Biannual migration of otaku taking place in Tokyo

Twice a year, mother nature treats us to one of her most spectacular phenomenon: the mass migration of otaku through Kokusai-Tenjijō Station in Tokyo.

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Japanese artist captures the thrill of playing a UFO catcher crane game in short animated video

This hilarious clip shows a crane game we hope to never encounter in Japan.

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