New Years

Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Dec 24, 2020 By First Admin

Oshogatsu, or New Year, is the most important holiday in Japan. Businesses shut down from January 1 to January 3, and families gather to spend time together.  The New Year Lottery...[ Click to read more ]

Japanese New Years’ Traditions

Dec 24, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

New Year is the main holiday of the year in Japan, and the country shuts down for several days as people take time off to spend time with their families...[ Click to read more ]

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Hatsumode in Tokyo – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Dec 24, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Celebrating New Year in Japan is all about 'firsts.' Perhaps the most important ‘first’ is the first trip to a shrine, a tradition called hatsumode. While this can be done...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Dec 19, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Japan only started celebrating the New Year on January 1st in 1873, when it adopted the West's Gregorian calendar. Traditionally, the Japanese New Year was set to the Chinese calendar....[ Click to read more ]

Fukubukuro: Lucky Bag Shopping for New Years

Dec 27, 2019 By Admin

Forgetting the fact that Japan somehow now has a Black Friday manufactured shopping holiday in the middle of November, the traditional shopper's marathon is the first three days of the...[ Click to read more ]

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What to do in Tokyo over the New Year’s Holidays 2019

Dec 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

People say Tokyo is the most restless city in the world, but maybe they've never been here around the traditional New Year holiday period when most residents aren't punching the...[ Click to read more ]

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Hatsumode in Hiroshima – Shrines to Visit for New Years and the Tondo Festival

Dec 26, 2019 By Hugh Cann

There are two main events or traditions marking the beginning of the new year in Japan. Auspiciously, the first visit of the year to the shrine called Hatsumode, and followed...[ Click to read more ]

Traditional Japanese New Years’ Foods – Osechi Ryori

Dec 24, 2019 By Ray Proper

Osechi-ryōri are traditional Japanese foods eaten at the start of the new year.  The osechi tradition has been alive in Japan since the Heian Era (starting in 794), and the...[ Click to read more ]

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New Year Countdown Parties Near Nagoya 2019

Nov 03, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

New Year is an important time in Japan, but things are celebrated a little differently here then they are back home. You are no doubt already clued up on Japan's...[ Click to read more ]

Healthy Meals for Dieters in Kansai

Jan 25, 2019 By Justin Hanus

The New Year is traditionally a time when people decide to put their culinary over-indulgences behind them and start a healthy diet. Thankfully for expats living in Japan, the country...[ Click to read more ]

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