New Year’s Day in Japan

girls making mochi the old fashioned way on New Years Day in Kyoto

New Year's Day in Japan is, like New Year's Eve, a spiritual and significant time. Many people visit their local Shinto shrine on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of January. Known as 初詣(hatsumode-or first temple visit) this is very important. Last year we arrived at Harajuku station on the 2nd of January, to find an … Continue reading New Year’s Day in Japan

New Year’s Eve in Japan

People lining up to ring the temple bell in Kyoto for New Year's Eve

I spent last NYE in Kyoto, and to say that this year is a bit of a let down is an understatement. I have always found New Year's to be a fairly meaningless celebration, which is generally a disappointment. I love the potential of a new year... brand new diary, new beginnings, new adventures. It … Continue reading New Year’s Eve in Japan