WHAT DOES JAPANESE DO ON NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS?

Hi,friends.I will write about the events Japanese do on New year holidays today.
Since New year 2020 is coming,you guys must be exited and might feel getting old.Time flies so quickly.When it comes to Tokyo Japan,Tokyo Olympic will be held in next year 2020.
We are so exited to see the event and looking forward to meeting people coming from all around world.
I think there are wide variety of customs for events that conducted on New year holidays in each country.Some of my friends from overseas are interested in Japanese one.So Let me introduce two things which are the most common traditional one in Japan.

①WHAT IS “HATSUMODE“??
HATSUMODE means visiting a Shinto shrine during the first three days of Jan in order to pray for God for their own Happiness,health on the year.Some shrines like Meiji Jingu( http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/index.html )attract more than three million worshipers every year.It is said that Meiji Jingu is the most popular and famous shrine in Japan.Since the shrine is basically opened on the night of new year’s Eve,lots of people belonging to Shinto come there to feel new year and hear the “Joyanokane”,the bell that rings out the old year.Other than that,people are supposed to buy “Omamori“,good luck charms and “Hamaya“,sacred arrows,to invite good fortune and ward off evil.Also by visiting the seven shrines for the seven Gods of shrines by Jan 7th,people are able to gain seven kinds of good luck(Wealth,longevity,Success in business,Wisdom,Virtue,general good luck and Victory).HATSUMODE is one of the authentic and traditional occasions.What’s more,it gives women to put on Kimonos in the present age.

②WHAT IS OSECHI THAT JAPANESE USUALLY EAT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR?

If you haven’t been to Japan before,you’re not supposed to know it.Osechi is one of the Japanese traditional cuisines specially prepared for New year’s dishes to be eaten during the first three days in Jan.Most dishes are cooked to be preserved for at least three days,so women are able to take a rest during that period.A wide variety of prepared dishes are set in four-tiered lacquer boxes.Although there are kind of differences in the contents of Osechi in between areas,it is said that most of them are almost same.Each of the dishes has some auspicious meaning which reflects people’s wishes,for example,Kazunoko,herring roe,represents fertility,Kuromame,cooked back beans are health(mame means heakthy in old Japanese),and lobsters are for longevity because their bodies are bent like and elderly people.

Osechi
Kazunoko
kuromame

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12 Replies to “WHAT DOES JAPANESE DO ON NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS?”

  1. The games are just around the corner. Hopefully the Chinese virus does not get there. Religions are very important because temples are full of faithful. They are very deep beliefs because religion is different from the West. It is interesting to know how they think to understand their way of seeing life. A good post

  2. I think I read that lobsters live extremely long lives, so that’s another omen.
    Is soba a tradition? I thought it was so I have a package waiting.
    Thanks for the info!

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