Japanese New Year Festivities: the First Few Days

19 01 2014

“New Year” is the most important holiday time in Japan and the festivities last intensely for the first three days of the year and they tend to continue until January 6th and on the 7th day traditionally you had a special breakfast to wish longevity and good health for the rest of the year and to calm down your too-much-good-food-abused stomach by eating rice porridge containing seven kinds of herbs.  (My family has never been big on this tradition so I have never done it and nowadays everybody resumes work earlier than the 7th so it’s somewhat of a dying tradition.)

In any event, I was busy blogging about Malaysia and didn’t do any Japanese new year posts except on New Year’s Day, so here I am writing about the first few days of the year.

At my parents’ where I stayed until January 3rd.

At the Cotton Club in Marunouchi.  Complimentary sake was being offered in the lobby of the jazz club.

At the Cotton Club in Marunouchi. Complimentary sake was being offered in the lobby of the jazz club.

On the first day of work, January 6th, I had a lunch appointment with visiting US guests and went to a traditional Japanese restaurant in Ginza and what they served had a few signs of the new year holiday season.

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