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.
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.
Japan doesn’t really do Christmas. This is not a Christian country, and whilst I always somehow have managed to wrangle a day off on Christmas Day down the years, Christmas never has been, and most likely never will be a recognized national holiday. However, whilst Japanese people don’t do Christmas vacations, they certainly do Christmas presents!
As a huge Disney fanatic, any excuse to make the trip out is a good one but Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort is especially alluring. While I tend to favor Disney Sea over Disneyland, I will ALWAYS pick the latter when it comes to Halloween theme.
This year, DisneySea’s annual Halloween celebration takes place September 8th – November 1st! This year, DisneySea’s theme is focused around villains! Disney’s most notorious villains take center stage and take over shows, merchandise and even the menu!
There is one more thing about Halloween in Japan that needs to be told, and requires a whole article on its own. I am talking about the Halloween parades. The biggest in the Kanto region, the region with Tokyo and Yokohama cities, is the Kawasaki Halloween parade.