In celebration of the Shogatsu, the Japanese New Year, most companies shut down. The Shogatsu is a time for families to gather together and celebrate the fact that a new year is in progress. It is a time to leave old problems behind and begin again. It is a time of starting over for a lot of people when they leave the old year behind putting all their old problems in the past. The people throw ‘year forgetting parties’ in order to celebrate the Shogatsu. There are plenty of delicious Japanese foods that are served during this very important holiday in Japan.
When celebrating Shogatsu the people of Japan send out New Year’s cards to their friends and family. They send them out on the 1st of January. It is quite common for the people in Japan to send out dozens of cards on this holiday to wish each other a great New Year. On the Shogatsu, the people’s home should be very clean and no one should do work on that day. It is a day of rest and joy. They should also watch the first sunrise of the New Year as part of the celebration. This is supposed to set the tone for the New Year.
If you are going to visit Japan during this holiday keep in mind that you need to understand the customs. You can do a lot of research on the Shogatsu online or you can get more information about it at the library. Print out any information that you think will be pertinent when you are planning to visit Japan during the Shogatsu. Keep this information handy and take it with you on your trip. Prepare as much as you can so that you can honor their holiday when you are there.
If you need help in planning your trip to Japan during the Shogatsu, you can use a travel agent to help you. They will know the customs and what you need to be prepared for when you are visiting during that time of the year. They can make things a lot easier for you by planning the details of your trip so that you don’t have to. So if you need one you can find one on the internet or in the Yellow pages. Be sure that they are familiar with the Japanese customs. Check with them on great package deals that may include your flight, room and rental car. Sometimes they can find deals that you might not be able to.
Celebrating the Shogatsu, the Japanese New Year will be fun and exciting. Leave the old year behind and look forward to all things to be new again. It is a time of great celebration and everyone is happy and joyous. So if you are going to be there during that time of the year you should be prepared to experience a great time. The Shogatsu will be a great experience for you.