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Experiencing a Japanese-style New Year Season

New Year is a big event in Japan when people congratulate the peaceful ending of the previous year and the coming of the new year. Many families visit their relatives and eat "osechi", a special meal. You can make your own, or order it at various department stores. Sending out warm new year messages or "nengajo" to family and friends, is also a popular custom. It will also be a great idea to visit a shrine, (wearing a nice kimono if you wish) to appreciate the local gods and to draw an "omikuji", a fortune slip.

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