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

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A common thing people do on that day 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
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People are buying lucky charms from shrine maidens
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After that they just totally relax, eating a feast, seeing close friends and drinking.
In a nutshell, by having lots of fun and energizing themselves, people prepare for another whole
year of their lives.



Posted by: michikazu (January 3, 2019 10:36 PM)

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