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Japanese New Years’ Traditions

November 26, 2018 by Tokyo_Team

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 and relax. As with Christmas celebrations in the West, there are numerous customs and traditions that are observed at New Year. Here are explanations of […]

Hatsumode in Tokyo – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 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 at any time, usually over the first three days of the year, the most dramatic time will be at midnight of December 31, when crowds […]

Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 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 announced, New Year cards have been exchanged, and most places around Japan start looking like ghost towns. Sometime during those first three days, most people […]

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 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 lunar calendar where the dates each year were not fixed. But now the New Year is locked into January 1 and most of the country […]

Buying a Christmas Tree in Nagoya 2018

November 21, 2018 by Ray Proper

If you are in the market for a Christmas Tree to liven up your holiday season you with trim and presents, you are in luck. Stocks are very limited so, don’t delay!  The trees are a bit shorter than you might get used to but they have very nice shapes and I am certain they will bring you […]

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