- New Year Holidays
It is the last week of December and there are New Year Holidays in Japan.
Years are traditionally viewed as completely separate, with each New Year providing a fresh start.
Consequently, all duties are supposed to be completed by the end of the year and leaving the old year’s worries and troubles behind.
In japan, most business are shut down from January 1st to January 3rd.
Most of entrance gates are decorated with ornaments made of pine, bamboo and plum trees.
On New Year’s Eve, Toshikoshi Soba (buckwheat noodles) which symbolizing longevity, are served and large temple bells are rung 107 times at midnight.
January 1 is a very auspicious day and best started by viewing the New Year’s first sunrise.
Most of Japanese are traditionally believed to be representative for the whole year that has just commenced.
There also have a tradition to visit shrines or temples at the actual turn of the year.
Therefore, the day is supposed be full of joy and free of stress and anger, while everything should be clean and no work should be done.
By the way, I would like to inform you that our office will be closed from the 30th December to 6th January.
We will open again as usual from January 7th.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you.
Hope you all have a great time.
Thank you for your understanding and Cooperation.
Well then,see you.