New Year’s Day

"Japanese wives has no time to relax. They spend couples of gloomy days. We explain the reasons why"

what they should do are countless,,,

Cooking New Year's Dishes(Osechi)
Each dishes has special meaning such as health, longevity, fertility and luck, and it condenses Japanese beautiful culture.
Giving New Year's gift money
Adults give money as a special allowance to young children. Money disappears as if it sprouted wings and flew away.

The most poorest are adults and the most richest are their children in Japan.

Visiting temple and shrine both
Ring a eve bell at a temple and worship at a shirine
Writing New Year's cards with with a lottery number
Writing thouse cards,,, what a hassle! But Glad to recive them from friends, relatives, parents who live far.

New Year's Dishes

The New Year's Dishes are representative Japanese cuisuines called "Washoku". Each dishes, each Japanese mind. Each dish has meanings, such as good harvest, good health, happiness, prosperity, and long life.Let's see how it is like.

simmered black soy beans

Simmered black soy beans

It implies a wish for good health. Beans "Mame" in Japanese rhymes with "work like bee(or beaver)". but don't say "work like beans^0^"

Dried sardine roasted with soy source, sugar

Candied tiny surdines

Candied tiny surdine symbolizes good harvest. It's chrunchy and coated with soysauce and sugar. It helps good bones. Therefore let your children eat. Of course elderly people does!

Herring roe

Herring roe

It symbolizes prosperious family including lots of children and grandchildren. It has a Japanese caviar texture! A perfect appetizer for hot sake!

Mased sweet potates

Mased sweet potates

Golden bright yellow coloured Mased sweet potates with chestnuts. Yelow means good fortune. We Japanese love to use Japanese dished coloured yeallow. Kids love this seet potates.

soba buckwheat noodles

Buckwheat noodles

Long buckwheat noodles symbolizes the longevity. Japanese eat buckwheat noodles on New Year’s Eve hoping for a long happy life.

Broth soup with rrice cake

Broth soup with rice cake

Different city, different broth. Miso flavor or Soysauce flavor. Also Different region, different shape of rice cake, round and squre.

water chesnuts

Water chesnuts

water chesnuts symplizes success "lucky break". When we peel the skin of the water chesnuts, we don't cut the bud carefully. bud means success.

Devil tongue. What a sad name. Konjak is one of Japanese super foods, Zero Calories. Zen pasta comes from konjak. It's like Japanese jelloy.How jiggly!


Devil Tongue? No, it's one of the Japanese super foods. Zero Calories. It is also called "Zen Pasta" How jejiggly! There are various kinds of foods and SWEETS made of Konjak.Japanese women start with Konjak sweets first.

Everyone loves Mr. Yukichi Fukuzawa

Japanese children expect getting a lot of money(Otoshidama) as New Year's gifts from their paresnts, relatives, and grandparents. Otoshidama is one of the exciting traditions , which Japanese children look forward to very much. We are sure that the most excitiment is just only otashidama for Japanese children:)

Japanese New year's money

Change to Crisp New Bills (a lot!)

Many Japanese people rush to go to the bank for crisp new bills before coming new years.

Pochibukuro: small envelop for Otoshidama

Pochibukuro: small envelop

Three are many cute designs with famous anime characters such as Pikachu, Dragon Ball and so on. They are available at convenience stores over New Year. But kids prefer money than envelops, you know.

New Year's money gifts, cash gifts

New Year's money gifts

Usually Otoshidama are given to children through college, from 0 years to around 20 years. Some childresn buy the toys or game they want. Parents force to save the rest of money for their future.

Japanese bills; Fukuzawa, Higuchi, Noguchi

Come on! Yukichi!

Fukuzawa Yukichi is on the 10,000-yen bank note. Children love to collect Yukichi on the bill. No wonder. So does adult.

Visitin a Shrine wishing for good health and good future

Japanese people pray for happiness and health, then draw an oracle/a fortune slip or buy a lucky charm.

visit a shrine at New Year Day


People wash their left hands, right hands, mouth and finally the handle of the water ladle to purify themselves. Then bow twice, clapp twice, and bow.

draw an oracle/a fortune slip at shrine

Draw a fortune slip

Tie a paper to a branch of a tree in the shrine after reading your fortune because peopel believe in god spirit in tree and want to tie with god by three. Or you can also keep it. Tree means

buy lucky charm  at shrine

Buy lucky charms or golden arrows

There are various lucky charmsfor studies, jobs, childbirth, traffic safety or safety. Golden arrow called Hamaya protect you from bad lucks.

Omiki, sacred sake

Omiki; Sacred Sake

Have a holy sake. Shrine display a holy sake.


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