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The New Year


The New Year is one of the most important holidays for the Japanese. Until the end of the Second World War, everyone celebrated becoming one year older on New Year's Day regardless of their real birthday. Most Japanese rest during the first three days of the New Year and many companies and schools are closed for one week or more during this season.



The Japanese does many at the New Year. For example, people visits a Shinto Shrine on New Year's Day, and people sees the new year's first sunrise, people greets the acquaintance and the parents cough, etc. Children get the money called Otoshidama from an adult. And Osechi Ryori is typical food at New Year's. To come to Japan at New Year's would be interesting for a foreigner. There are a lot of people who wear Japanese clothes, too.

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