As the world bids farewell to 2014 and welcome 2015, my husband and I tried some old and new traditions to spice up our way of celebrating the new year. For something old, I prepared some food that have been a tradition in our family since I was a child.
New Year, New Traditions
Likewise during my Ikebana class, we made our annual special arrangements for the New Year celebration known as Oshogatsu here in Japan. It is a traditional Japanese arrangement which is believed to attract good spirits, fortune, and health.
We also had a lot of something new as we say hello to the new year. Most of them are Japanese traditions that were introduced to us by friends and colleagues.
Despite the late partying, we were able to wake at 6:00 am the following day and then rode our bikes going to Kasai Rinkai Park so that we can catch the first sunrise at 6:50 am. When we reached the park, we were surprised by the huge number of people already waiting along Kasai coast.