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Happy New Year 2012!

by Misaki | January 2, 2012

Good bye and thank you to 2011! Happy New Year 2012, every one!! Akemashite Omedetou!

New Year is the biggest event in my country, Japan. Since I’m in the United States, I cannot do traditional things in here. But let me write how we cerebrate New Year in my country. :)

This is the buckwheat noodles eaten on New Year’s Eve. This is¬†called “Toshikoshi Soba”. Toshikoshi means ringing old year out. People believe that if we eat this, we can live longer like noodles. Also it means all the bad things of this year goes away as we bite noodles.

Whether you are a Buddhist or not, almost everyone in my country would visit temple on this day to pray for this coming year. There are always tons people waiting in line as you can see in this picture. This is a huge thing in everywhere in my country.

Besides this, there are a lot more things we do on the New Year. My family usually write 300~400 New Year cards to our friends, colleagues, teachers and many others. We make rice cake from rice, cleaning our house perfectly before new year is coming and etc.. All the family member gets together on this day, and spend time with family.

Yeah, but here, I was in the United States. I was playing monopoly board game with my friends on the New Year’s Eve and other than that, I didn’t do any special things this year. Well, even though I feel sad that I cannot cerebrate New Year in Japanese way, it was fun to have fun with my friends on that day. :)

Happy New Year! Thank you for coming to my blog, readers! Wish every one of you will have a bright, successful year of 2012. :)