You know, New Year's Day is one of the most important holidays for the Japanese.
It's like Christmas in Western culture or Christianity-dominant countries.
Usually all the family members come back to their home town and celebrate the beginning of
the year together.


A snowman-like photo above is a two-layer ricecake called "Kagamimochi" , which is a symbolic
ornament during new year's days. It is also an offering to Shinto Divines.

A common thing people do for the first few days of a new year is Hatsumoude, which means
the first visit to a Shinto shurine
for the year.
People make wishes there so that they can spend a good meaningful year.

Hatsumoude. People are lining up for praying

People are buying lucky charms from shrine maidens

After paying respect to God, people just totally relax, eating a feast, seeing friends and drinking
to their heart's content.

In a nutshell, by having lots of fun and energizing themselves, people prepare for another whole year of their lives.

Posted by: michikazu (December 15, 2017 7:05 AM)

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