7 Common New Year’s Traditions in Japan

A Japanese izakaya restaurant with a closed sign and shimekazari decoration at the front door.
An izakaya restaurant closed for New Year’s. Photo by author.
People outside courtyard of Meiji shrine.
Meiji shrine. 江戸村のとくぞう, Courtyard of Meiji Shrine 20190717, CC BY-SA 4.0.
A woman wiping down a mirror with a cloth.
Ōsouji begins. Photo by Liliana Drew from Pexels.
A display of Japanese New Year greeting cards.
A selection of New Year’s greeting cards. Photo by author.
A Japanese New Year decoration featuring a tiger design and wreath hangs on a front door.
A shimekazari to welcome 2022, the Year of the Tiger, in Chinese and Japanese Zodiac. Photo by author.
Soba noodles topped with nori seaweed on a tray.
Toshikoshi soba to welcome the new year. Photo by Masaaki Komori on Unsplash.
Small envelope with cute drawings that reads ‘otoshidama’ in Japanese.
Small envelope that reads おとしだま. Photo by author.
A selection of osechi meals displayed in boxes on a table.
Osechi meals laid out for New Year’s Day. Photo by author.
Large gate and a woman with an umbrella standing in front of it.
Grand gate at Meiji Jingu park in Tokyo. Nightcrafter, Meiji-jingu-gate, CC BY-SA 4.0.

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