Happy New Year from TOKYO

Japanese Information

Self Introduction

Hello!! I’m Honu!

I’m living in Tokyo, near from Tokyo station.

In this Category, I would like to introduce some Japanese information, cultures and news!

In 2020, Olympic and Paralympic will be held in Tokyo. I hope this page will be helpful for you!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Today, I would like to introduce some Japanese cultures and words related to New Year’s Day.

あけましておめでとうございます: “Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu”
This Japanese phrase means “Happy New Year!”
When we first met after the year’s change, we say this phrase each other.

元日(がんじつ) : “Ganjitsu”
This is means New Year’s Day.

初詣(はつもうで): “Hatsumoude”
“Hatsumoude” is their first visit of the year to shrines or temples, but it donesn’t have to be on the New Year’s Day.
On the New Year’s Day, so much Japanese people goes to shrines or temples and pray.

しめ縄(しめなわ): “Shimenawa”
門松(かどまつ): “Kadomatsu”
“Shimenawa” and “Kadomatsu” are decoration of entrance.
Many Japanese put them in front of the entrance on the New Year’s Day.

三が日(さんがにち): “Sanganichi”
Traditionally, Japanese people take day offs from 1/1 to 1/3 and we call this day offs “Sanganichi”.
Many people spend day offs with their families.

福袋(ふくぶくろ): “Fukubukuro”
If I translate this word literally, it means Lucky Bag.
During “Sanganichi”, many company sell bags which include luxury goods or cheep goods, and many people buy them to test their lucks.
“Fukubukuro” is similar to lottery.

I introduced seven Japanese words. I wish this helps you to understand Japanese cultures!

Honu

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