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How to wish a happy new year in Japan? 🇯🇵
Similarly to most other countries around the world, New Year is very important in Japan. In a way, it is the equivalent of Christmas in western countries.
New Year is referred to as お正月 (o-shōgatsu) in Japanese but you might also hear the word 年末年始 (nenmatsu nenshi) which is used to call the period where the year ends and starts.
How is New Year celebrated in Japan? 🎍
New Year in Japan is traditionally either spent at the temple waiting for midnight or at home, eating 年越しそば (toshikoshi soba) or “going over the year soba”, under the kotatsu, watching kōhaku utagassen (紅白歌合戦), a singing competition aired during New Year’s Eve. Those who have enough energy can also go watch the first sunrise of the year, “hatsuhinode” (初日の出).
It’s a happy time for children as well as they usually get お年玉 (otoshidama) which are envelopes with money inside of them!
How to Say Happy New Year in Japanese 🤲
良い年を (yoi toshi wo): used before New Year to wish a Happy New year
あけましておめでとうございます。今年もよろしくお願いします (Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu. Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegai shimasu): used to wish a Happy New Year and show gratitude on New Year’s day and the following days.
あけおめ/ことよろ (akeome/kotoyoro): shortened version of the one above. Usually used among young people.