In Japan, New Year's Eve is traditional celebrated with family. Just as in any holiday season, roads, trains and planes are full with travellers. On top of that, this year Japan's revellers have to negotiate extra security measures.
Faced with a growing number of injuries from deer bites, authorities in Japan's Nara Park have issued tips on feeding the hundreds of animals that attract tourists from around the world.
This tradition of welcoming the spring that dates back to the 12th century is still going strong. It is arguably also the best time to meet and mingle with Japanese people as they let their hair down.
Japan's PM Abe has quickly arranged a trip to Washington to "coordinate policy" with the US president – but will Abe be forced to concede issues like security and human rights over US interests? Julian Ryall reports.
Truffled frogs legs with spiced raisins, and apple and pear tart with prune and Armagnac ice cream... French chefs were setting out Wednesday to make mouths water in a global celebration of the country's cuisine.
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