In Japan New Year’s is called Shogatsu or Oshogatsu. It is very important or main festival for Japanese. The entrance of Japan is decorated with full of lights, ribbon, ballons, decorated with Shimekezari. A Shimekezari is a twisted straw rope with fern leaves, an orange and other items of good omen. Various kind of special dishes are served during Shogatsu (New Year) people celebrate New Year with sake called Toso, a soup called Zoni and Osechi-ryori.
In this day private offices, worker, employes are shut down their work from January 1 to January 3 and family gather to their hometown and spend the time togeather. At this time, the Post Office is flooded by New Years’ cards which each person sends to friends, relatives, and associates. Rail and air terminals are jammed with people trying to get back to their home towns to spend the New Year’s night and daybreak with their relatives.
January 1 is a very auspicious day, fresh start by viewing the New Year first sunrise and according to the Japanese traditionally representative for the whole year that has just commenced. Then the day is supposed to be full to joy, happiness, free for tensions while everything should be clean and no work should be done.So in the time of New Year holiday you must visit in Japan and celebrate New Year with Japanese Tradition.
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