New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a special time in Japan. Since the 1980’s and Wham’s song “Last Christmas”, Christmas in Japan has become known as a time for romance and young couples (Japan Today). However, New Year in Japan is a family time. It’s also a time when mainly men, after the family has gone to bed, go to the local temples and shrines to hear the sutra’s and prayers read to ring in the New Year, and to hang out and drink sake with their local buddies in the freezing cold. Enjoy your New Year’s Eve and night.

A monk chanting sutras to welcome in the New Year

In Kougakuri Temple, where Ieyasu Tokugawa’s remains are kept

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