Japanese New Years Eve Is A Time For Hatsumode And Toshikioshi. Find Out What They Are Here…
Is Japanese New Years Eve Different From Other Countries’ New Years Eve?
December 31st is Japanese New Years Eve, or “Omisoka” as it’s called in Japanese. Is it the same as New Years Eve in the West?
It’s the second most important day on the Japanese calendar. What day does it come in second place to?
108 bells at midnight to ring in the New Year
What does all this bell ringing mean?
Is it a very serious event?
Hatsumode is a symbol of all things new and fresh starts in the new year
Toshikoshi noodles and longevity at midnight. Not quite the same as Cinderella!
What does toshikoshi mean?
So what’s so special about eating toshikoshi noodles? Why eat them on New Years Eve?