Happy New Year, everyone!
Thank you for reading the Kodawari Times.
I really enjoy chatting with people from overseas.
In your country, how do you say “Happy New Year“?
By the way, in Japan we say “Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu“.
That’s a long one (laughs).
Here are the meanings of each word.
Akeru(明ける) means “dawn” in Japanese.
It refers to the beginning of a new year.
If you are familiar with the Japanese language, you are probably familiar with the phrase “Omedetou gozaimasu”. It is a word used when celebrating.
In other words, Akemashite Omedetou gozaimasu is celebrating the fact that we were able to welcome the new year safely.
I would like to congratulate all of you for starting the year 2022 successfully.
“Akemashite Omedetou gozaimasu!“
There’s more to Japanese New Year’s culture! Check them out.
Kodawari Times2022.01.033 Things Japanese People Eat and Drink at New Year'shttps://kodawari-times.net/fooddrink/new-years-gourmetIn Japan, there are special foods that are eaten on New Year's Day.This time, I will introduce three carefully selected ones.1.Osechi(おせち)Osechi (food served during the New Year's Holidays) is a square bento box-like container filled with a variety of dishes. Osechi-ryōri (御節料理, お節料理 or おせち) are traditional Japanese New Year foods. The tradition started in the Heian period (794–1185). Osechi are easily recognizable by their special boxes called jūbako (重箱), whic...
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Kodawari Times2022.01.06What is Mochi? We made mochi, a Japanese New Year's tradition.https://kodawari-times.net/japanese-culture/mochitsukiHello, this is AKI.At my parents' house, we make rice cakes for the New Year. What is Mochi?According to Wikipedia…Mochi (Japanese: 餅, もち) is a Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice, and sometimes other ingredients such as water, sugar, and cornstarch. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the ...