The New Year Holidays in Japan

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The New Year holidays is a very special time of the year for the Japanese. Like the Christmas holidays of the West, schools and many businesses close, and family members get together. We enjoy special New Year’s food on these holidays. The most popular New Year’s food is osechi, which is a combination of foods beautifully arranged in lacquer boxes.



There are also traditional games for the New Year holidays. Hanetsuki is a game like badminton played with beautifully decorated paddles.



Children also like to fly kites.

fly kites

fly kites

We also play Japanese card games called karuta or hanafuda.




The start of a game of Koi-Koi, just after cards have been dealt.

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