Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Japanese New Year’s party

New Year is the biggest annual celebration in Japan. Schools close for about two weeks of winter holiday before and after New Year's, and most companies also shut down for New Year break from around December 30 to January 3. On New Year's Day families gather and eat special meals called "osechi ryori." People visit Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples to pray for good fortune in the coming year. Children receive small gifts of money, called "otoshidama," from their relatives. Traditional games like "karuta" (played with cards usually featuring well-known poems on them) are enjoyed. People send New Year's cards called "nengajo" to their friends and acquaintances from work. (Source: Kids Web Japan. Picture source: Japan this! blog)

Every year, the class representatives in JAPN classes get together to organize Japanese New Year’s potluck-style party. Students from all levels are invited to share a meal and participate in activities.