The New Year began in Tokyo with balloons flying through the air at Zojo-ji temple. It's common practice for the Japanese to attend midnight services at a Buddhist temple or a Shinto shrine.
According to the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. A special ceremony was held in Osaka, Japan, as the ox from last year handed over the reigns to the tiger of this year.
Susan Boyle of "Britain's Got Talent" fame sang at NHK's 60th Kohaku Uta Gassen, Japan's historic New Year's Eve singing extravaganza.