Have to know what you can do at home in Japanese New Year?



The New Year is after Christmas. Have you thought about how to celebrate? Under the attack of the 2020 epidemic, maybe this year’s New Year’s Eve will be very quiet, but no matter how you stay at home, you can still welcome the new year. Let’s take a look at Japanese New Year culture.

In Japan, January 1 is the New Year on the Western calendar. Japanese is often used as the “first lunar month”, and the New Year’s Eve on December 31 is called “Dahui Day”.

“Must eat”

New Year’s Eve Soba (Japanese: toshikoshisoba)

There are many reasons to eat soba. Everyone will eat soba on December 31 and 1/1.

This is because buckwheat is thin and long. I hope that eating buckwheat noodles symbolizes longevity and increases family luck. Soba noodles are easy to cut, which means that the hardships and disasters of the past year will be eliminated, and the new year will come. Another meaning is that gold and silver craftsmen use buckwheat flour to collect scattered gold powder, which is called collecting wealth.

In the Kamakura period, people who were unable to celebrate the New Year at Seitenji Temple in Hakata, Kyushu, ate it as “世直しそば”. As a result, the next year’s Grand Canal, soba noodles began to be eaten on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Cuisine: Japanese cuisine (O se chi cuisine)

Like Japanese kaiseki cuisine, New Year’s cuisine is also like a set meal, roughly divided into five categories: “blessings”, “one bite”, “grilled dishes”, “vinegared dishes” and “boiled dishes”.

And New Year’s dishes are packed in heavy boxes, which means that happiness has weight. Most goods sold in department stores are on 2 or 3 floors, sometimes on 5 floors, and officially on 4 floors. A number is added to the “three” that represents the perfect number.

New year dish (Sou ni )

This is the rice cakes and local food that are enshrined to the gods on New Year’s Eve, and they are cooked in the same pot during the New Year. It not only prays for peace, but also prays for the new year’s food and clothing and pray for the blessing of nature.

『Must see』

NHK red and white song battle

I must be wondering, why is it red and white? This is derived from the concept of red and white confrontation in Japanese kendo. It was broadcasted in 1951, and it was only rerouted after the fourth time. It was broadcast on New Year’s Eve every year. For Japanese, it was a must-see program on New Year’s Eve, and it was able to be shown in that year The red and white artists must also be famous or the man of the year.

New year eve’s bell

This is the monk’s ringing of the temple bell at midnight (New Year’s Eve) on December 31, and it rang 108 times to remove the old and welcome the new. This is usually an event that occurs in temples.


First visit

New Year’s Day, New Year’s Day, One Custom, New Year’s Day, New Year’s Day, Tenmae Shrine or Buddhist Temple, New Year’s Day, First Year’s Day, First Year’s Day.

This year, there is a risk of infection due to the epidemic, the Totaji Temple Shrine, the capital reform line, and the exemption landlord.


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