Happy New Year! Enjoy this collection of photos portraying some of the ways we celebrate the start of the year in Japan! Whether with our in-laws, our friends, family or even in the hospital, somehow a touch of Japanese culture and tradition is brought into the first days of January:
Osechi is the most popular food eaten at New Year’s. Typically the family makes enough food to last at least 3 days, though these sets can also be bought. Or, if you’re family is bi-cultural, you may throw in a few foods from the other culture as well:
Benisha’s hospital meal!
Carrie’s osechi made by mother in law
Cat’s family’s spread!
Lauren’s Happy NY Meal!
Janet’s prep for the family celebration
Nina’s traditional fish and fruits
Katie’s family get together!
Seda’s husband’s homemade osechi
Suinsy’s plate, with a bit of her own culture’s food
Rebecca’s little girl checking out her chopsticks
Ellie and her boys enjoying a traditional breakfast
And there are visits to the local or far away shrines or temples for Hatsumode, first visit of the year, ringing the bell, drinking sake, buying your 2015 omamori amulets or other lucky items!
Some of us carried on traditions started in the family a century ago. This little girl’s kimono was made by her obaachan’s obaachan…that would mean her great-great-great grandmother? The family took the silk from their own silkworms and spun the cloth, then made the kimono, which is now traditionally passed down the line to the next daughter. What a beautiful heirloom!
Heidi’s heirloom kimono
But if a relative in the family has passed away, you typically don’t really do the traditional New Year’s celebrations as the family is meant to be in mourning:
Nina’s little guy saying Happy New Year!
However you choose to celebrate your New Year, we wish you a beautiful year full of success, progress, happiness, good health and many moments to remember!
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