First sunrise of the year brings luck

Dec 29, 2016

First sunrise of the year brings luck

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The sight of a sunrise is familiar to early risers. On New Year’s Day the experience takes on a more special meaning — legend has it the sun goddess Amaterasu created this country after all. So Jan. 1 is the one day that people ...

Imperial Couple release 'waka' poems to mark New Year's Day

Jan 1, 2015

Imperial Couple release 'waka' poems to mark New Year's Day

The Imperial Household Agency released on Thursday several 31-syllable “waka” poems written by the Imperial Couple in 2014 to celebrate New Year’s Day. In one of his three poems, Emperor Akihito expressed the feelings of gratitude he felt when he visited the Ise Grand ...