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Otoshidama for the New Year

Otoshidama is a Japanese traditional custom where the adults must give some money to a child in their family. The meaning of giving otoshidama to children is to give some appreciation to them, and give them some new hopes for the New Year.

Looking Ahead: My Hopes for Japan in 2016

As we face the dawn of a new year, its common practice to look back on the year just past and reflect. We reflect not only on what has been achieved in this year, but also perhaps contemplate areas where things didn’t go so well. What mistakes were made and what lessons were learned during this past year?

Japanese New Year's decorations and crowds before a temple

New Year's Cards: Karuta and Hanafuda

For many families, the bonding and togtherness aspects of New Year’s culminate in gathering around the kotatsu, a low, heated table, watching t.v., eating, drinking, and playing games. The two most common, and perhaps most traditional games are Karuta and Hanafuda.

Osechi Ryori : New Year's Bento Box

Like any other time, during the New Year also, Japanese have some special food items. There are timings for consuming each kind of food. Among them the most popular and a must followed practice is to eat a set of food in special lunch boxes named as Osechi Ryori. This is consumed as the first food just after welcoming the New Year.

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