Here are a few things you can experience at the start of the New Year on the beautiful Ryukyu islands, which differ from mainland O-shogatsu.
Instead of the usual “lose weight”, “get a better job” or “go to the gym every Tuesday” scenario, why not base a realistic (and, let’s face it – fun) Japan or Japanese-based resolution that you can try alone or with friends? How about it?
Did you know the differences between a shrine and a temple in Japan? There are some unique observable feature that can help you find the differences.
Every January, cities and towns all over Japan host Hatsu Ichi festivals.
From late November until the beginning of January, you will start seeing two-layered mochi varieties in different sizes for sale in supermarkets, convenience stores and food stalls everywhere. Let’s take a look into the tradition of the “kagami mochi!”
As we approach the beginning of yet another new year, my 32nd on this Earth, I look back on 2015 as a year of ups and downs.