Celebrating New Year's the island way

Our Lives | JAPAN LITE Dec 30, 2018

Celebrating New Year's the island way

by Amy Chavez

On the small island where I live in the middle of Japan's Seto Inland Sea, new year celebrations are stalwart traditional. Preparations start a week before when the holiday spirit wafts in on sea breezes tinted with chilling temperatures. The island holds a community ...

First sunrise of the year brings luck

Lifestyle Dec 29, 2016

First sunrise of the year brings luck

by Yuki Yamauchi

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 who ...