What I Learned From Celebrating the New Year in Japan

What I Learned From Celebrating the New Year in Japan

Although many aspects of the Japanese and American New Year remain the same, there are differences unique to the two cultures. Mochi making, Osechi eating, kimono wearing, and shrine visiting are the main differences I experienced during my stay. Like Christmas, I found this experience very entertaining and interesting.

I loved learning about how another culture celebrates a familiar holiday and I am looking forward to celebrating other holidays here such as St. Valentine’s Day (which I hear is quite different in Japan than it is back home) and Easter, although I am not so sure it is celebrated here. I hope everyone back in The Pine Tree State (or any state for that matter) has success with following through on that New Year’s resolution, has loads of fun, and has a prosperous 2016!

Read Eve’s full account of celebrating the new year in Japan on her recent article!


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