In Shogatsu, which means New Year’s Day in Japanese, Japanese people always eat “Osechi” and go to the New Year’s first visit to a shrine.

“Osechi” are special New Year’s dishes. Various kinds of beautiful dishes are set in four fired lacquer boxes. Each of the dishes has some auspicious meaning which reflects people’s several wishes, such as good health, happiness, long life and so on.

Many Japanese pay the New Year’s first visit to a shrine during the first three days of January in order to give thanks that we welcome the Happy New Year and make traditional New Year’s wishes for good health and happiness.

Therefore, “Shogatsu” is a very important day for Japanese people.


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