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  1. Hatsumode


    A step by step guide to visiting a temple or shrine for New Year's in Japan.
  2. Joya-no-kane


    At midnight on December 31, Buddhist temples all over Japan ring their bells a total of 108 times (除夜の鐘) to symbolize the 108 human sins in Buddhist belief, and to get rid of the 108 worldly desires regarding sense and feeling in every Japanese citizen. A major attraction is The Watched Night...
  3. Tazukuri


    Tazukuri (田作り, "rice paddy maker"), dried sardines cooked in soy sauce. Sardines were used to fertilize rice fields and symbolise an abundant harvest.
  4. Kōhaku-namasu


    Kōhakunamasu (紅白なます), literally "red-white vegetable kuai," is made of daikon (white radish) and carrot cut into thin strips and pickled in sweetened vinegar with yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit) flavor.
  5. Kazunoko


    Kazunoko (数の子), herring roe, symbolises a wish to be gifted with numerous children in the New Year (kazu means "number" and ko means "child").
  6. Kuromame


    Kuro-mame (黒豆), black beans; mame also means "health," thereby symbolising a wish for health in the New Year.
  7. Ozōni


    Zōni (雑煮), a typical New Year's dish: either a clear broth or a miso broth with a variety of ingredients and mochi (pounded rice).
  8. Kadomatsu


    A kadomatsu (門松, literally "gate pine") is a traditional Japanese decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes to welcome ancestral spirits or kami of the harvest. They are considered temporary housing (shintai) for kami.
  9. Toshikoshi soba

    Toshikoshi soba

    Toshikoshi soba (年越し蕎麦), year-crossing noodle, is Japanese traditional noodle bowl dish eaten on New Year's Eve. This custom lets go of hardship of the year because soba noodles are easily cut while eating.
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