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New year’s day in Japan

January 1st is Japanese New Year’s Day 『Oshougatsu』.
We have a custom to send New Year’s cards to relatives and friends.
Many people think receiving greeting cards is one of the pleasures of the holiday.
And There are Number on Greeting card.
greeting card
this is a lot!
Winning Number is announced by JAPAN POST CO.,Ltd.
1st prise…cash 100,000 yen!
2nd … set of japanese food like vegetable,fruits,meat…
3rd … stamps
This is a trial of luck of beginning of the year!!!

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New Year’s style in Japan

Happy New Years!!!

Most offices and businesses are closed during the first three days of January.
Families and relatives gather to celebrate the new year.

new years party
This is today’s menu!
Japanese sushi, Italian, Chinese… with Beer, wine!
cheese cake
This is cheese cake I made :-)
Yummy!!

On New Year’s Day, people pay a visit to shrine to pray for happiness and good health.
But today was snowy with strong wind and cold so I could’n t go…
I have to go ASAP!
『Omikuji』 is a piece of paper which can be got in the most shrines during the New Year.
You can pick it up at random and on the paper, it is saying how lucky you are.
You might see in shrines many paper fortune is fastened to trees or ropes like this.
omikuji
There are some explains for this custom and major one is like this.
“If the paper says you’ll have excellent luck this year, you should bring it on your person.
However, if it says bad luck might strike you this year,
you can fasten it up to a tree or a rope in the shrine and you can escape from the bad luck.”
This custom is stem from not only religious belief but traditional behavior.

I wish you a year full of love, joy and good luck!

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japan custom

National holiday New year’s day

New Year’s Day is the special holiday for Japanese.
New Year is called “Oshogatsu”.
Family and relatives get together and eat traditional dishes.
Traditional dishes is called “Osechi”
This is Osechi box.
osechi box
Japanese traditional dishes
osechi
Most Japanese go to a shrine to pray for luck during the new year.
pray
so busy!

From 1st to 3rd of January, most companies and schools is off.
But department stores and other shops are usually open and crowd with customers
because of the first sales of the year!
If you stay in New year’s day in Japan, please try to go shrine and department store.
This is real Japanese culture!

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