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Postby Hatori » Mon 11.27.2006 12:28 am

hey there! i wanted to know if anybody can give me more details about the Japanese New Year!! so, i'm going to list what i know already. so please tell me what's incorrect, add more detail, or tell me more stuff to put down. i will edit this message occasionally to keep it up to date. anyways, my best friends and i want a japanese new year!!
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-Preperations for New Year: clean house from top to bottom during the last week of the year to get rid of evil spirits
-Drink New Year's soba at midnight
-New Year's more serious than Christmas (the opposite of many americans)
-People visit temples at midnight or New Year's Day
-at the temple, donations are givin
-some people pay for their New Year's fortunes and see what they get (if fortune is bad, the fortune's tied to a tree to make it better)
-after donation, a bell is rung and you pray
-the japanese use the chinese zodiac also

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and that's all i know. just let me know if i need to change or add anything! :D:D
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RE: New Years

Postby Mike Cash » Mon 11.27.2006 8:12 am

I just wish to goodness they'd celebrate the New Year at a more reasonable and logical time, such as the beginning of April.

For me, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day only mean the anniversary of the death of Hank Williams. I therefore find it impossible to be in a festive mood.
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RE: New Years

Postby Hatori » Mon 11.27.2006 11:22 pm

Mike Cash wrote:
I just wish to goodness they'd celebrate the New Year at a more reasonable and logical time, such as the beginning of April.

For me, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day only mean the anniversary of the death of Hank Williams. I therefore find it impossible to be in a festive mood.


who's hank williams? ;) is he like an old star or something??
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RE: New Years

Postby keatonatron » Mon 11.27.2006 11:37 pm

Pop idol.
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RE: New Years

Postby clay » Mon 11.27.2006 11:44 pm

J-pop idol - an ex-member of SMAP.
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RE: New Years

Postby Hatori » Tue 11.28.2006 12:07 am

okay. that's cool about hank williams.
does anybody have to add anything to the New Years list yet? or is it just that perfect. it can't be though. lol. ;)
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RE: New Years

Postby Infidel » Tue 11.28.2006 5:42 am

you guys kill me.
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RE: New Years

Postby richvh » Tue 11.28.2006 7:46 am

clay wrote:
J-pop idol - an ex-member of SMAP.

I thought that was Hank Jr.
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RE: New Years

Postby clay » Tue 11.28.2006 9:46 am

I thought that was Hank Jr.


I think you are right. I know the 'J' stands for Japan as in 'J-Pop' but I forget what the 'r' stands for.

EDIT: I remember now. 'tis 'r' as in Ahrrrrr P)
Ok, I will stop being a smart donkey.
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RE: New Years

Postby Kagemaru » Tue 11.28.2006 10:57 am

I don't know any hardcore traditional Japanese new years customs, but here are a few I could think of that Japanese generally do on new years.

1. Going to a famous shrine on new years day, like 伊勢神宮(Isejingu) etc to pray, donate money, drink a small plate of sake called お神酒(omiki) and purchace an amulet or charm if you will, called お守り(omamori) to protect you for the year.
2. Eating a new years lunchbox 御節(osechi) comprising various articles along the lines of shellfish, sashimi, fish roe, pickles and the like.
3. Hanging a straw ornament (I have forgotten the name of it) above the outer entrance of the house.
4. Giving money in a special envelope お年玉(otoshidama). This I really don't understand, as I gave away 30000 yen last year, to receive 30000 back.(this goes for many other giving seasons too)
5. My personal favourite, new years lottery, the nenmatsu jumbo.

*Sigh* What I could do with 200,000,000 yen.

I think I have more chance of coming home one day and finding Elvis in my kitchen than winning the nenmatsu jumbo.

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RE: New Years

Postby Ozymandias » Tue 11.28.2006 11:06 am

That happened to me just yesterday. I came in from a long day out only to find the bastard in my kitchen eating all of my damn chili.
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RE: New Years

Postby ashitaka » Tue 11.28.2006 11:17 am

I guess were going to have to change New Years, how is april 14th?
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RE: New Years

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 11.28.2006 12:11 pm

Ozymandias wrote:
That happened to me just yesterday. I came in from a long day out only to find the bastard in my kitchen eating all of my damn chilli.


too bad you didn't play the lottery as well. You would have hit the big numbers. Now all you have are little munchkin with the remains of chili on his face and messy bowls he will in no way wish to help you clean.
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RE: New Years

Postby Ozymandias » Tue 11.28.2006 12:22 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:
Ozymandias wrote:
That happened to me just yesterday. I came in from a long day out only to find the bastard in my kitchen eating all of my damn chilli.


too bad you didn't play the lottery as well. You would have hit the big numbers. Now all you have are little munchkin with the remains of chili on his face and messy bowls he will in no way wish to help you clean.


I suppose I would have to live in Japan to take advantage of that. I still can't believe that bastard ate nine cans of chili.
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RE: New Years

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 11.28.2006 12:43 pm

OF COURSE it's probably better he could have eaten you out of peanut butter and bananas only to dissapear in teh bathroom and never come out..
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