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 ...

The annual rites of passage into the new year

National | IN PICTURES Jan 1, 2018

The annual rites of passage into the new year

On Sunday, people across Japan marked the passing of 2017 and the arrival of the new year at temples and shrines, both big and small. While the evening of oshōgatsu is celebrated in numerous ways, for many it is a time for spiritual purification and prayer ...