A Pelan New Year

You might wonder, what is are the Japanese holidays like? Well, Christmas isn’t a national holiday in Japan and is usually reserved for family activities and school art projects (with children bringing home painted paper cup “bells” and papier-mâché Santa Claus). Usually, Christmas is celebrated over a romantic dinner between couples, who will take a leisurely stroll through the city afterwards whilst munching on savory street snacks.

On the other hand, the Japanese New Year is much more culturally significant. It is equivalent to the American Thanksgiving; featuring feasting galore and gift-giving between young and old. The New Year includes rituals like mochi-pounding, multiple visits to the local shrine, and joyous family dinners. In Pelan’s case, we also have a haiku contest and talent show.

I’ve taken some photos of my experience celebrating the Japanese New Year at Pelan Village on Chichijima, Ogasawara. Click the photographs to enlarge them and read a short blurb.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Natalie Allen says:

    Kaori, how electrifying and sensuous and enticing is your world!? I love it and I love reading about it! Happy New Year. 🙂

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