New year in Japan
Ready or not, everyone has to face the turn of the year. The different is how we passes it. Each place each country has distinctive way to celebrate New Year. How about Japan?
In Kagetsu Hotel (place where I do my internship now) i experience many things to celebrate new year
1. Kadomatsu Kadomatsu is a decoration that made from bamboo and pine. After Christmas many buildings or houses entrance will be decorated with kadomatsu like this to greet the Toshigami-sama (New Year God).
2. Kagami Mochi This is a rice cakes and orange as offering to Toshigami-sama
3. Kagami Biraki There is sake inside this barrel and our guest can drink it for free. For Japanese, sake in new year using to purifiying our soul.
4. Hagoita Hagoita basically looks like traditional badminton but special game in new year for kids.
Ornament like this believed can bring good luck Food
5. Toshikoshi Soba (Year crossing noodles) Because soba noodle has a long shape it believed to give a long live
6. Ozouni Zouni is a soup containing vegetables and mochi. Each place has different flavor, vegetables, and mochi.
Activity 7. Hatsumode Hatsumode is first shrine or temple visit in New Year. This is in Ichinomiya Asama jinja.
Hatsumode in Kai Zenkouji (Temple).
8. Omikuji Fortune telling paper slip.
9. Otoshidama Japanese has tradition giving money that put in small envelope for children. Actually maybe I am too old to receive otoshidama but they are so kind and they think this is the best way to introduce Japanese culture to me.
This is year end gift. I already make article about oseibo here. New Year in Japan has many tradition and deep meaning. Come to Japan and experience New year here is the best way to feel how Japanese facing the turn of the year.
385 Kawanakajima, Isawa, Fuefuki, Yamanashi, 406-0024 Japan Tel : 055-263-2205
Ichinomiya Asama Jinja
Ichinomiya. Fuefuki, Yamanashi, 405-0056 Japan
Tel : 0553-47-0900
Kai Zenkouji Temple
3-36-1 Kofu, Yamanashi, 400-0806 Japan
Tel : 055-233-7570