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New Year's custom 正月


  New Year holiday so called "Shogatsu正月" is the most common holiday in Japan.  We have Golden week in early May, Summer vacation etc. but New Year Holiday is special.

  It is basically from Dec. 31st through Jan. 3rd.


  Not only as the New Year celebration, we put importance to end the bad things by the end of each year as well.


Omisoka 大晦日: Dec. 31st.


Gantan 元旦: January 1st.


San Ga Nichi 三が日: Jan. 1st - 3rd.


Shogatu 正月:  When we say Shogatsu, it generally stands for Gantan or San Ga Nichi.  But sometimes it means the period fom Jan. 1st to 7th or 15th.  It dpends on the situation.


  Japanese custom of the New Year  


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Oh Souji 大掃除:

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Osechi Ryori お節料理:

Toshikoshi Soba 年越しそば:

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Hatsumoude 初詣

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Nenga-jo 年賀状:

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