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New Year’s Traditions!

New Year 2014

1. DECORATE

Your House and place “Kadomatsu” (lucky pine) by the door

2. EAT EAT EAT

“Mochi” (a sweet made from pounded from cooked rice) or “Kagami Biraki” (a rice cake ornament that is broken and cooked), “Toshikoshi Soba” (long noodles that symbolize a long life) and “Osechi” (New Year`s Foods)

3. CLEAN

The house! Not that much fun but the end of the year is the traditional time to clean and purify your house and office

4. CELEBRATE

Have a “Bonenkai” (Year’s End Party) with Japanese food and sake

5. SEND

Nengyō“, special New Year’s cards, often decorated with the Chinese zodiac animal of the New Year

6. PLACE

A “Maneki Neko” (lucky cat) inside the house for good luck

7. VISIT

The shrine and your family

and

MAKE a resolution

All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted (images via google). If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space.

PS: This post was published last year as well 🙂

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