Tag - o-shogatsu



Japan Times
Dec 30, 2014
Take part in tradition at Futaba
While many osechi ryōri (traditional New Year's dishes) are not exactly adored by a lot of people, there is one simple meal that seems universally loved: toshikoshi soba.
Japan Times
Dec 27, 2014
Train stations and airports jammed as New Year's exodus begins
New Year's travelers pack planes, trains and automobiles to take advantage of a long string of year-end holidays that will take them into 2015.
Japan Times
Dec 26, 2014
Digital tack taken to revive interest in New Year's cards
The tradition of sending "nengajo," or New Year's postcards, has been in decline as people turn to the Internet, social networking and digital gadgets like smartphones instead of putting pen to paper.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Dec 18, 2014
Navigating Japan with a family at New Year's
Let's be honest. We're adults. New Year's in Japan can be a bit hectic. And then static. It's one of the longest, if not the longest, holiday periods in the year.
Japan Times
Dec 16, 2014
Ring in the new year with refinement
The quintessential washoku, or traditional Japanese cuisine dish, is nimono — vegetables and other ingredients simmered in a broth of dashi stock, sake, mirin, sugar and soy sauce or miso. Nimono can be made in advance and served warm or cold, saving the cook some effort.
Japan Times
Nov 19, 2014
Tokyo department stores to target foreign tourists with lucky bags this New Year
Are you feeling lucky?
Japan Times
Jan 1, 2014
Lucky food, charming decorations and visiting deities: welcoming the new year with history and tradition
Wearing kimono, getting together with family and friends, and not working for the first three days of a new year. Shogatsu, or New Year's, is when Japanese generally work less than the rest of the world.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Jan 1, 2014
Blending old and new for New Year's
Thanks to the calendar this year, many people can have a long holiday, so many will be heading out of Tokyo on vacation. But if you're staying in the capital, there will be enough events at the beginning of the year to get you out of the house, and to help you taste the traditional and unique aspects...
Japan Times
Jan 1, 2014
Best wishes and prayers for the new year
Thousands make the annual 'hatsumode' trip to shrines and temples nationwide to give offerings and pray for good fortune in the new year.
Japan Times
Dec 12, 2013
Shibuya revelers face New Year's curbs
Tokyo police say they will restrict public access around the main intersection outside Shibuya Station between 10 p.m. Dec. 31 and 2 a.m. Jan. 1 to prevent a crush of New Year's revelers forming for the countdown, a recurrent problem in recent years.
Nov 24, 2013
Do New Year's the right way this time
With the yearend rush fast approaching, Dave has a very timely question about Japanese New Year cards:
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Nov 13, 2012
Today's J-blip: Kasō Taishō's YouTube channel
Give it up for oshogatsu's amateur hour and the common (creative) man.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Nov 9, 2012
Today's J-blip: Otoshidama Kit Kat
Money's yummy, but how about a otoshidama Kit Kat?
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
Dec 8, 2011
New era for New Year's cards
It'll be nengajo time soon, and clever entrepreneurs have got you covered.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / Japan Pulse
Jan 8, 2011
Lucky bags give away secrets before purchase
Fukubukuro: It's all in the luck of the draw.
Japan Times
Jan 3, 2011
'Tis the season for shrines and temples to rake it in
Come the new year, shrines and temples really cash in on a giving tradition.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Dec 7, 2010
Real New Year's greetings to virtual addresses
Japan Postal Service acts as a go-between exchanging real cards between online friends.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Dec 16, 2009
Show your stripes in the new year
In preparation for the Year of the Tiger, Canon and Japan Post Office do their bit to help render the ferocious feline as kawaii as possible.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WEEK 3
Jan 18, 2009
New Year's videos show the Imperials are well connected
The posting of Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas Message on YouTube last year made news around the world. Less well known is the fact that Japan's Imperial family has been offering videos among other entertaining content on their Web site for the last five years. Admittedly, RealVideo, Quicktime and Windows...


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan