New Years

Traditional Japanese New Years’ Foods – Osechi Ryori

Nov 27, 2018 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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Japanese New Years’ Traditions

Nov 26, 2018 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

Nov 25, 2018 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 Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Nov 24, 2018 By First Admin

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

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Nov 22, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Japan has only been doing New Year’s celebrations since 1873, when the country adopted the Gregorian calendar of the West. Traditionally the Japanese New Year was based on the Chinese...[ Click to read more ]

New Year Countdown Parties Near Nagoya

Nov 30, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

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

New Year’s Countdown Tokyo Style 2017

Nov 29, 2017 By Jason Gatewood

[caption id="attachment_33936" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Revelers await the coming new year as time ticks down on the video monitors above Shibuya Crossing. (Dick Thomas Johnson via Flickr)[/caption] Whoa, can you believe...[ Click to read more ]

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Chinese New Year - Nankinmachi

Lunar New Year in Kobe’s Chinatown

Jan 26, 2016 By Justin Hanus

As one of the three biggest Chinatowns in Japan, Kobe’s Nankinmachi Chinese New Year celebration is an experience you shouldn’t miss. The New Year Spring Festival, ‘Shunsetsu,’ has been held...[ Click to read more ]

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