"Japanese wives has no time to relax. They spend couples of gloomy days. We explain the reasons why"
what they should do are countless,,,
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
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^"
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!
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
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.
Long buckwheat noodles symbolizes the longevity. Japanese eat buckwheat noodles on New Year’s Eve hoping for a long happy life.
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 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? 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:)
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
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
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.
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.
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 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 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
Have a holy sake. Shrine display a holy sake.