Next year is the year of the dog.
There're a lot of dogs here for Next New Year!! it's the twelve signs of the zodiac (eto 干支 in English). It's twelve-year cycle and there're an animal for each year, this year is the year of the looster.
※※※ Lots of places close Between 28th December to 3rd January as winter holidays (the most important season for Japanese people think) ※※※